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Bulls off to undefeated start

Stacy Revere

Stacy Revere

Erik Hultgren, News Reporter

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The Chicago Bulls got their season off to a positive start with a 105-99 win versus the Boston Celtics. Jimmy Butler was the leading scorer for the Bulls with twenty-four points. Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade also put up strong numbers in their Bulls debuts, with Wade scoring twenty-two points.

The Bulls’ front office has came under fire recently for creating what some consider to be an unbalanced lineup, but the team looked sharp and cohesive in their season opener. One of the main concerns about the roster going into the season was a lack of shooting range, but putting the ball in the back of the net was not a problem on their season opener. The Bulls’ big three of Rondo, Butler, and Wade found their shooting strokes behind the arc early in the game, and finished a combined nine of fourteen from three.

The Bulls took a substantial lead early on in the game, but the Celtics got back within striking distance after scoring eleven straight in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas lead Boston with twenty-five points, and the third pick in the 2016 draft, Jaylen Brown, scored 8 points on his NBA debut. The turning point in the game arguably came during the fourth quarter when the Celtics pulled within two points of the Bulls. Dwyane Wade, who has a career three-point percentage of 28.6%, received the ball in the corner and knocked down a dagger three-point shot with around 30 seconds left on the clock to secure the win.

There are a lot of positives to take from Chicago’s first win of the season. Players shot well, youngsters performed, and the team worked together as a unit. The Celtics are a good team that are tipped to do big things year, and Bull’s fans will hope that winning against them will set the tone for the season.

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