Bulls’ Clutch-Shooting Does-in Dallas as Taj Gibson Shines

Taj Gibson’s strong play at the being of the season made the loss of Carlos Boozer to injury much more cope-able for Chicago.  However, in the previous two games for the Chicago Bulls, their young power forward went a combined 1-for-16 from the field. 

In Friday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Gibson shot 7-of-12 for the game.  He resoundly ended his slump – scoring 17 points, and pulling down a career-high  18 rebounds, in Chicago’s 88-83 victory on the road in Dallas.  Taj could not keep himself from smiling from ear-to-ear, after he capped off his performance by hitting a clutch three-pointer just before the shot-clock expired that left Mark Cuban with a bedazzled look over his face. 

Gibson wasn’t the only Bulls’ player to hit a big shot.  Kyle Korver was clutch down-the-stretch.  He flung a one-handed three-pointer at the basket, just in hopes of beating the shot clock to watch it fall through the cylinder.  Derrick Rose was himself.  He made a wheeling floater from mid-range.  There were two instances where Rose was forced out of the game against his will – but C.J. Watson, Omer Asik, and the Chicago reserves played well.  They kept Chicago in the game, and helped lead them back from a 12-point third quarter deficit.

Friday’s victory was just the second win Chicago has had in Dallas since the 1997-98 season.  The Bulls are now 2-1 on their roadtrip, with their next game in Los Angeles against the 2-time defending NBA Champion Lakers.

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