It was a butt-slappingly good time at the United Center Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls pulled off their latest heart-stopping, come-from-behind victory, this time by a 108-105 final over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
As you can see above, the previously little-thought-of E’Twaun Moore, he who would hold down the far end of the bench, became next man up and along with Nikola Mirotic — and his Player of the Game efforts — saved this one.
Mirotic’s five points (of his team-high 26) in the final minute of play set up Moore and his heroics. The final play itself, whether a byproduct of Tom Thibodeau playcalling excellence or savy ball movement on Pau Gasol’s behalf, was a brilliant example of the Bulls’ team-first unselfishness at its best, finding out the best player at the time to make the best play on the court.
Moore was as hot as anyone at that moment, having hit eight of his prior nine shots and rising the efforts of his teammates throughout a mostly shaky fourth quarter.
For the East Chicago, IN native and Purdue product, Thursday night provided the opportunity for him to prove his worth to a city and a franchise whom he grew up in the shadow of and he came through big time.
Back-up point guards have shown a propensity to become folk heroes for the Bulls in the lulls between devastating injuries in the Thibodeau era, it looks like another understudy may be more ready for prime time than we thought.
Extra: Take a look at the Bulls’ salute to NBA on TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, who’s successful battle with cancer touched followers of the NBA the past year. Sager made his return to action at the Bulls/Thunder contest.
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