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Game 37: Bulls 96, Spurs 89

1 Mar 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Derrick Rose: 29 points (.547 TS%), 4 assists
2. Joakim Noah: 10 points (.556 TS%), 13 rebounds (4 off.), 3 assists
3. Ronnie Brewer: 8 points (.405 TS%), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

What a delight. Two of the game’s best and smartest teams, led by two of the best coaches and a pair of point guards playing MVP-level basketball.

I could watch Bulls-Spurs every night, and absolutely would love to see it seven times this June in the NBA finals. It’s just wonderful to watch 48 minutes of smart, tough, fearless basketball.

The ball bounced Chicago’s way this time, thanks in part to another closing flourish by Derrick Rose and other big plays by Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Ronnie Brewer.

But that’s no slight on Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Gary Neal (?) and this reloaded San Antonio team, still playing (and piling up wins) without Manu Ginobili. It was a coin-flip outcome that only whetted my appetite for a hypothetical playoff meeting.

Needs: More from Carlos Boozer. The Spurs aren’t the best matchup for him, but this was another big-game vanishing act from the would-be post presence. With Deng asserting himself far less often in recent weeks — more on that later — the Bulls really need more oomph from Boozer.

If only.

Box Score

Record: 29-8, second in the Eastern Conference
Next: Friday 3/2 at Cleveland, 6:30 CT

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