Another mediocre Chicago Bulls season is in the books. There were some bright moments, as well as dark moments.

Let’s list the best games from the season, as well as the worst games from the season.’

Best Games

vs Toronto, 10/27/2023, 104-103 (OT)

After getting blown out by Oklahoma City at home in the first game of the season, the Bulls were staring down an 0-2 start, trailing 88-71 with five minutes remaining. A stunning comeback resulted in the Bulls forcing OT at 93-93, with clutch plays by Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan, but he missed free throws that could have won it in regulation.

In OT, Toronto took a four-point lead with under 40 seconds to go, and it looked like the Bulls’ effort would be for naught. But DeRozan got a quick bucket, Caruso forced a turnover, and LaVine found Caruso for a transition three to win the game.

vs Miami, 11/18/2023, 102-97

The Bulls went down 22-1 in the first quarter against a Heat team on a seven-game winning streak. But they found a way to bounce back and make another comeback. They cut that lead to 12 to end the first quarter and then outscored Miami 34-21 in the fourth, including a clutch Alex Caruso three (that Jimmy Butler matched), followed by a tough fadeaway midrange by DeRozan to take the lead for good. The Bulls were struggling, but at least you knew they were never out of a game.

vs Milwaukee, 11/30/2023, 120-113 (OT)

The game that kind of turned the season around from being a complete disaster into at least being somewhat competitive. The Bulls had no DeRozan or LaVine this game, so most assumed it would be a rout. Shockingly, it was back and forth all game, and the Bulls had a seven-point lead with under 90 seconds to play.

They then gave up a 10-0 run in record time, but Alex Caruso continued his clutch play with a buzzer-beater to force OT. Coby White closed it out in OT, as he started showing signs of breaking out.

@ Philadelphia, 12/18/2023, 108-104

It’s been chronicled how much the Bulls have struggled against Joel Embiid, so beating him for the second season in a row was huge.

The 76ers snapped another winning streak, a six-game one. Nikola Vucevic hit some clutch triples in the fourth to seal the win, and Coby White continued to show his growth at point guard.

vs Los Angeles Lakers, 12/20/2023, 124-108

Beating LeBron James remains sweet. DeRozan, Dosunmu, and Caruso had big games, and the Bulls beat Los Angeles at home, taking the lead from the jump and never letting the Lakers get too close.

vs Houston, 1/10/2024, 124-119 (OT)

Zach LaVine was working his way back into the lineup, and this was his “I’m back” moment. He had 25 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals, and hit a clutch three to take the lead in OT. Coby White added 30 points and 8 assists. After blowing a 4th quarter lead and falling behind by 5 in OT, LaVine got an and-one, then a pull-up three to take the lead, before White hit the dagger three to seal it.

Both Minnesota Games 

In the home matchup, the Bulls erased a 22-point halftime deficit to force OT on the back of Coby White, then DeMar DeRozan outscored the Timberwolves in OT to win it, making up for going down 30 to the Kings a couple of days before and nearly coming back but just falling short. In the road matchup, the Bulls played spoiler in Minnesota’s quest for the 1 seed, with Alex Caruso going 7/8 from three and Ayo Dosunmu being a +18 en route to a huge win in the play-in race.

vs Cleveland, 2/28/2024, 132-123 (2OT)

Chicago had lost seven straight games to the Cavaliers, but finally, they came through in this one. The Bulls were down 10 with six minutes left in the fourth but slowly came back to force OT. Down 4 with under 30 seconds to go, the Bulls got a DeRozan layup, a missed free throw, and a foul on a DeRozan three to force double OT, where DeRozan finished it off.

Andre Drummond and Nikola Vucevic played together a lot this game, and Cleveland couldn’t handle it. Onuralp Bitim added 10 points in his first major action.

@ Sacramento, 3/4/2024, 113-109

Again, the Bulls found themselves down 22 to a Western Conference foe. But they rallied, outscoring the Kings 36-18 to win it. Coby White had his best career game yet, scoring 37 points.

DeRozan did his usual with 33 points, and Dosunmu added 20 with some clutch defense on De’Aaron Fox late.

@ Golden State, 3/7/2024, 125-122

DeRozan and Vucevic each had 33, and the Bulls bench outpaced the Warriors bench. DeRozan hit the lead-taking and-one shot with 26 seconds to win it.

The Bulls hadn’t beaten Golden State on the road since Rose’s huge game-winner in 2015, so this was another great win. It got the Bulls within one game of .500.

@ Indiana, 3/13/2024, 132-129 (OT)

This was probably DeRozan’s best game of the season. He had 46 points, including hitting a free throw and missing the second when he was fouled intentionally, so the Bulls got a chance to tie. He hit a buzzer-beater to force overtime. Then he hit a three to give the Bulls the lead for good. Caruso and Dosunmu added 23 and 20 points, respectively.

Play in 9/10 vs Atlanta, 4/17/2024, 131-116

Coby White’s best career game. He had 42 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. He absolutely carved up whoever was guarding him.

The Bulls had three more players score 20+ points: DeRozan, Vucevic, and Dosunmu. Dosunmu and Caruso shut down Trae Young, and it looked like the Bulls were ready to make the playoffs.

Worst Games

Both Detroit Losses

Losing to the worst team in the league is bad. Losing to the worst team in the league twice is even worse. First, the Bulls lost a 51-point effort from Zach LaVine in Detroit because nobody could get a stop or score besides LaVine. Then, they lost at home to Detroit in the midst of the play-in race, as the team shot 2/30 from three-point range. This is inexcusable in 2024.

Both Phoenix Losses

The home game in November was an excruciating loss. It was close throughout, and I went to OT. The Bulls led by 1 with 30 seconds, but then Nikola Vucevic turned it over, and Jusuf Nurkic scored the go-ahead bucket, and DeRozan missed the attempt to win it.

On the road, the Bulls were up on Phoenix by 23 midway through the third before Alex Caruso got into foul trouble. Phoenix climbed their way back and won it off a tough shot by Kevin Durant—a huge missed opportunity in both games. At least the big 3 of DeRozan/LaVine/Vucevic had more success than the big 3 of KD/Booker/Beal.

All Three Brooklyn Losses

To get swept by the Brooklyn Nets team this season was inexcusable. First, the team lost its debut in the in-season tournament. Then, they went up 36-19 after the first quarter in the next matchup, only to let Brooklyn go 44-19 in the second quarter and hold the lead the rest of the way. A blowout in the third game meant the Bulls couldn’t nab a single win from a team stuck in reverse.

All Four Orlando Losses

Due to the Nikola Vucevic trade, every Orlando loss is scrutinized. And each one was excruciating. In Chicago, in the same week, the Bulls lost on a Paolo Banchero game-winner.

Then, after coming back in the in-season tournament matchup, Franze Wagner hit an and-one layup on Vucevic, who missed a three the next possession. In Orlando, the Bulls lost in OT and also faded in the fourth in the last matchup when chasing the 8 seed.

vs Toronto, 1/30/2024, 118-107

The Raptors had punted on the season; Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby had been traded away. But the Bulls were prone to losing games they shouldn’t, and this was no exception. They fell apart in the second half and lost to the trio of Dennis Schroder, Gary Trent Jr, and Jordan Nwora. To make matters worse, this game was at home.

vs Washington, 3/25/2024, 107-105

The Bulls lost to the second-worst team in the league at home on top of already splitting the season series with the worst team in the league.

Marvin Bagley was the Wizards’ player of the game, and the Bulls shot terribly. This was another inexcusable loss when chasing the 8 seed.

Play in @ Miami, 4/19/2024, 112-91

The Bulls had a huge chance. They could get revenge on Miami for beating them in the play-in the season before, and Jimmy Butler was out. Instead, the Bulls let Miami go on a huge extended run in the first quarter, and they never caught up. Their season ended there, and questions about the team’s future now persist.

FUN FACT: The Bulls led the league in OT games, going 7-4. The Portland Trail Blazers were next closest, going 5-3.


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