The rotation remains in flux. The bench continues to disappoint. Turnovers and defense are still problem areas. But at least the losing ways stopped for one game. Carlos Boozer capped his monster night by dunking home Joakim Noah's miss with 29.8 seconds remaining and the Bulls hung on to snap their first regular-season, three-game skid in Tom Thibodeau's tenure with a 93-86 victory over the Bucks. That Boozer, who finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds, was even on the court represented yet another rotational departure for Thibodeau, who rode his starters down the stretch. Boozer and Richard Hamilton have spent many a fourth quarter on the bench this young season. But Hamilton overcame six turnovers to finish the game, although he scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half by repeatedly posting up the Bucks' small backcourt. Hamilton's output matched his highest total as a Bull. "It was great," Boozer said. "We want to be out there every fourth quarter. But that's Thibs' decision. This is his show. He runs it. He puts out there who he wants out there and we just go with the flow. "You never know when you're going to be out there or if you're going to go back in the fourth quarter. Me and Rip talked about it before the game. Just be aggressive when you're out there and see what happens. That has kind of been our mentality the last few games."
Boozer has monster night in Bulls' 93-86 victory
Chicago Tribune | Nov 25