The Chicago Bulls moved to 2-0 in the preseason after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 106-87 on Monday night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
In his second NBA outing since tearing his ACL, Derrick Rose scored 13 points in 23 minutes and dished out three assists, grabbed four rebounds and had three steals in the game.
He also took care of the ball much better, committing only one turnover as opposed to the four he had on Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. He shot 3-8 from the field and struggled at the free throw line going 1-5 in the first half, but finishing the game 6-10 from the charity stripe.
Carlos Boozer had a much better offensive game on Monday night, scoring 16 points on 7-12 shooting from the field and grabbing four rebounds. Luol Deng added 13 points and three rebounds, Jimmy Butler scored nine points, three rebounds and three assists, while Nazr Mohammed – starting his second game for the injured Joakim Noah – scored only two points but grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in the game.
Off the bench, Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson contributed 15 points each, with the latter also contributing six rebounds.
As a team, it was a much better shooting game from the Bulls who shot 47 percent from the field and 56 from the three-point line. Chicago out-rebounded Memphis 43-31 while also holding them to 43 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc.
Chicago’s next preseason game will come on Saturday against the Washington Wizards. The game will be played in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil