NBA Game Notes (Feb. 6, 2024)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on February 6, 2024.
Bulls Rally Stuns T-Wolves
Trailing by 22 points at halftime, the Chicago Bulls stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-123 in overtime. It’s just the third time in franchise history the Bulls have rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to win a game, the last occurrence coming almost 51 years ago (Feb. 23, 1973).
DeMar DeRozan and Coby White scored 33 points apiece to lead the Bulls’ offensive attack. DeRozan shot just 8-19 from the field, but connected on 17 of his 18 free throw attempts. He also had five assists and a game-high four steals. White added a team-high seven assists and five rebounds, going 11-21 from the field with seven 3-pointers made.
DeRozan shot 14-15 from the free throw line in his previous game. He and Michael Jordan are the only players in franchise history to attempt at least 15 free throws with a success rate of 90% in back-to-back games (they’ve each done so twice).
Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond were the only other Bulls to score in double figures. Vucevic bagged 24 points on 10-16 shooting from the floor, while Drummond posted 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds (tied with Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert). Vucevic, Drummond, and teammate Alex Caruso blocked four shots each, with Caruso also contributing nine rebounds and six assists.
The Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards led all players with 38 points, adding 12 rebounds and five assists. Edwards shot 12-26 from the field — including 5-9 from 3-point range — and made nine of his 11 free throws.
Gobert had 12 points to go with his 16 rebounds, while frontcourt mate Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points, going 11-21 from the field with seven 3-pointers made. It’s the 15th time Towns has recorded at least 30 points and five 3-pointers made in a game, tying Dirk Nowitzki for the second-most such games in NBA history by a player with a listed height of 7-feet or taller (Lauri Markkanen, 22).
Minnesota’s loss coupled with a loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder created a four-way tie atop the Western Conference standings with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets. The Clippers are actually percentage points ahead of the other teams, with a winning percentage of .694 versus .686 for the rest.