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stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls and Pacers have split their two meetings so far in 2013-14, with the home team winning easily (by at least 16 points) in both games. Indiana has now won its last three home games against Chicago.

* This is one of those “something’s got to give” games as Chicago has won five straight games against Central Division opponents, giving up just 87.1 points per game during this streak. Indiana, likewise, has won its last five games against divisional foes, allowing 90.8 points per game over this stretch.

* The Pacers and Bulls rank 1-2 in the NBA in opponent PPG and opponent field-goal percentage. Since 1970-71, no same two teams from the same division have finished in the Top 2 in the NBA in these two categories.

* Lance Stephenson (4) and Joakim Noah (3) are two of four players in the NBA who have had at least three triple-doubles this season (Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant being the others).

* David West has averaged 22.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in his last seven home games against the Bulls. He had 17 points and 13 boards in the Pacers’ home win over Chicago on November 6.

* Paul George has struggled with his shooting in six career home games against the Bulls, making just 31.9 (23/72) percent of his field-goal attempts.

stats_logo_400x225* These teams have split their two meetings so far this season, with each team winning once on its own home court. The Sixers have just one win in their last seven games against the Bulls.

* The 76ers have lost 16 consecutive home games which is tied for the second-longest such skid in NBA history. Dallas holds the record with a 19-game slide back in the 1993-94 campaign.
* The Bulls have split their last eight games overall and have won three of their last four away from home. Chicago has the lowest scoring offense in the NBA this season (93.3 ppg) and the second-best scoring defense (92.3 ppg all.).
* Joakim Noah, who was held to just nine points against the Thunder on Monday, scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the last meeting between these teams on January 18.
* Thaddeus Young has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games after posting just three 20-point performances in his previous 14 contests.

* The NBA’s leading rookie scorer, Michael Carter-Williams, is averaging 18.0 points in his two games against Chicago this season.

stats_logo_400x225* The Thunder have won four straight against the Bulls including a 107-95 win earlier this season on December 19.

* The Bulls have won eight of their last 10 home games dating back to February 11. Since February 11, Chicago’s .800 home win percentage is seventh best in the league.

* When playing on zero days of rest this season, Kevin Durant is averaging 29.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field.

* In 28 career games against the Thunder, Carlos Boozer is averaging 19.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and is shooting 55.3 percent from the field. Boozer is one of three active players averaging 19-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, and shooting 50-plus percent from the field against the Thunder in their careers.

* Serge Ibaka has blocked a shot in 22 straight games, the longest active streak in the league. Over this 22-game stretch, Ibaka is averaging 3.0 blocks per game.

* Joakim Noah has scored 10-plus points in nine straight games. In these last nine games, Noah is averaging 14.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.1 blocks, and is shooting 55.7 percent from the field.

stats_logo_400x225* With their win on February 3 against the Bulls, Sacramento has won back-to-back games against Chicago for the first time since the 2006-07 season. However, Chicago has won three straight and five out of the last six between the two teams in Chicago.

* Sacramento has started their current seven-game road trip 2-3, with its two wins coming over the Bucks and 76ers. In their other three games during the trip, the Kings have averaged just 88.3 points per game on 22.8 percent shooting on three-pointers.

* Chicago defeated the Rockets in their last game, 111 to 87, and have now alternated wins and losses in each of their last six games. The Bulls have allowed 100 or more points just twice over their last 16 games.

* Mike Dunleavy hit his first three-pointer since March 5 in the Bulls’ win over the Rockets on Thursday, hitting four out of his six threes to go along with a team-high 21 points. Prior to the Rockets’ game, Dunleavy had gone just 4-for-20 (.200) from the three-point line over his previous six games.

* Since returning from a one-game suspension, DeMarcus Cousins has recorded a double-double in six out of his last seven games, averaging 21.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game over that span. Cousins has scored 25 or more points and grabbed 15 or more rebounds in two out of his last three games against the Bulls.

* On Thursday, Joakim Noah came one assist shy of recording his fourth triple-double of the season and third in his last seven games. Over his last seven games, Noah has averaged 13.4 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 7.9 assists per game.

stats_logo_400x225* The Rockets beat the Bulls 109-94 on December 18, Houston’s fourth consecutive win against Chicago after losing the previous five games against the Bulls.

* The Rockets lost to the Thunder 106-98 on Tuesday, just the third time since February 1 that Houston has been held to fewer than 100 points, the second-fewest such games in the NBA over that span (Clippers – one).

* The Bulls lost to the Spurs 104-96 on Tuesday, allowing 100 or more points for just the 14th time this season, the fewest such games in the NBA.

* Carlos Boozer is averaging just 14.9 points per game against the Rockets over his career, his third-lowest scoring average against any single opponent. The last time Boozer faced Houston in Chicago, he recorded just six points and three rebounds on 27.3 percent shooting from the field (3-for-11).

* James Harden has shot better than 50 percent in each of his last three games against the Bulls, averaging 24.3 points per game on 55.0 percent shooting from the field against Chicago over that span.

* Over his last two games against the Bulls, Dwight Howard is averaging 19.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game while shooting 67.9 percent from the field. However, in his last game against the Bulls in Chicago, Howard recorded just eight points and nine rebounds on 40.0 percent shooting from the field (2-for-5).

* San Antonio and Chicago have split their last 10 meetings, with the Bulls taking the most recent one, 96-86 in San Antonio on January 29.

* The Spurs have won six straight games, averaging 113.0 points per game during this streak. San Antonio has also won its last six games against Eastern Conference opponents.

* The Bulls are outrebounding their opponents by 4.2 boards per game this season (45.0 to 40.8). That is the second-best rebound differential in the NBA (Oklahoma City, +5.0).

stats_logo_400x225* Tony Parker is averaging 19.0 points and 5.3 assists per game since returning to action on March 2 after missing the previous six contests with a back injury. The Spurs’ point guard has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games against the Bulls.

* Joakim Noah had 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks in Sunday’s overtime victory over Miami, becoming the first Bulls’ player to have 20+/10+/5+/5+ in a game since Scottie Pippen (26/12/7/5) against the Mavericks, November 21, 1995. It was Noah’s third game this season with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

* Despite coming off the bench in every game, D.J. Augustin is averaging 20.2 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting (46.2 percent from three-point range) from the field and 96.4 (27/28) percent from the free-throw line so far this month. The point guard also leads the NBA in free-throw shooting on the season (.917).

Showing the grit, hustle and determination that has defined so many of their regular-season victories over the Heat, the Bulls prevailed 95-8 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the United Center.

With his father, Yannick, cheering from the stands, Joakim Noah capped a monster game with an offensive rebound, putback and then block at th8e other end late in overtime. Noah finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks.

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Bulls center Joakim Noah lets out a roar after being fouled by Heat center Greg Oden in the second quarter. (Chicago Tribune)

D.J. Augustin’s 22 points led the Bulls. Jimmy Butler added 16 points, 11 rebounds and tenacious defense on LeBron James that included two strips in the final minutes of regulation. James didn’t attempt a free throw.

The Bulls scored the first nine points of overtime and had a 27-6 edge in second-chance points.

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stats_logo_400x225* Miami leads the season series 2-1, but the loss was a 107-87 defeat in Chicago on December 5. The Bulls have won six of their last seven regular-season home games against the Heat.

* The Heat have won seven straight games against Eastern Conference opponents, outscoring their foes by an average of 14.1 points per game (105.4-91.3) during this streak.

* Dwyane Wade has averaged 26.5 points (on 52.5% shooting), 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his last six regular-season road games against the Bulls. However, Wade did not play in the last meeting in Chicago (December 5).

* LeBron James is shooting 54.5 percent in road games this season. That is on pace to be the highest field-goal percentage in a season by a player whose primary career position is small forward since Shawn Marion shot 55.5 percent in road games for the Suns in 2006-07 (minimum 200 FGM).

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls defeated the Grizzlies in the two teams’ prior matchup this season on December 30, snapping a three-game losing streak against Memphis in the process. Over their last three matchups, neither team has scored more than 95 points in a game.

* With their loss to the Nets on Wednesday, Memphis has now split their last six games after they had won four straight. After allowing 100 or more points just once over their previous 19 games, the Grizzlies have given up 100 or more in four out of their last five games.

* The Bulls have won each of their last five home games, tied for their longest home winning streak of the season. The Bulls haven’t won six straight at home in a season since opening up the 2011-12 season with eight straight wins at home.

* In the Grizzlies’ last game against the Nets, five players scored in double-figures off the bench – only once before in Grizzlies’ franchise history have five bench players all scored in double-figures in a game (April 19, 2006 at Timberwolves).

* After recording 20 or more points in back-to-back games, Mike Conley scored a season-low two points in the Grizzlies’ loss to the Nets on Wednesday. However, over his last four games against Chicago, Conley has averaged 19.0 points per game and 7.5 assists per game on 52.7 percent shooting from the field.

* Joakim Noah had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Wednesday against the Pistons, Noah’s second triple-double in his last three games. The last Bulls’ player to have two triple-doubles over a three-game span was Scottie Pippen in December of 1993.


stats_logo_400x225* The Pistons have won two of the last three games in this series after the Bulls had taken the previous 18.

* After setting a franchise record by committing just three turnovers in Sunday’s win over the Knicks, the Bulls turned around and turned it over a season-high 28 times in Monday’s loss to the Nets.

* After allowing 104 or more points in each of its previous seven contests, Detroit held the Knicks to just 85 on Monday, moving to 5-0 in 2013-14 when giving up 88 or fewer points. The Pistons allowed a season-low 75 points in their December 7 victory over the Bulls.

* Although he was just 2-for-7 against the Nets on Monday, Kirk Hinrich is shooting 51.4 (36/70) percent overall and 65.0 (13/20) percent from three-point range since the All-Star break. He shot just 36.4 percent overall and 28.8 percent from behind the arc prior to the break.

* Taj Gibson is averaging 22.0 points (on 20-for-33 shooting) and 9.0 rebounds in two games against the Pistons this season. Gibson is one of just two Bulls (Mike Dunleavy) who has appeared in every game this season.

* Andre Drummond had 17 points and a career-high 26 rebounds in Monday’s win over the Knicks. The 26 boards are tied for the most in a game by any player this season (Dwight Howard, 26 vs Charlotte on Oct 30), while Drummond became the first Piston since Olden Polynice (18/25) against the Hawks on December 8, 1993 to have 15+ points and 25+ rebounds in a game.