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Bulls fall in double overtime thriller

Derrick Rose's buzzer-beating three and Pau Gasol's 29 points not enough vs. Dallas

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By Sam Smith | 12.2.2014 | 10:05 p.m. CT

The Bulls Tuesday lost a thrilling double overtime game to the Dallas Mavericks, 132-129. 

Pau Gasol led the Bulls with a season high 29 points. Jimmy Butler had 23 and Derrick Rose added 18 points and 10 assists and a dramatic banked in three pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the second overtime. But Monta Ellis with a game high 38 points made a long three with the clock running out late in the second overtime for the win. It was a year ago to the day the Bulls lost in triple overtime in the United Center to New Orleans.

The Bulls led 26-25 after the first quarter with Nikola Mirotic leading a balanced scoring effort with seven points, including five of six from the free throw line as the Bulls were putting the Mavs in foul trouble. But it turned on the Bulls early in the second quarter when Joakim Noah had to leave with a third foul. Without Noah’s presence, especially in help defense, the Mavs went on a 14-0 run to take a 42-30 lead and held it for a 59-47 halftime lead behind Chandler Parsons’ 14 points and Devin Harris 12 off the bench.  The Bulls turned around the deficit five minutes into the second half with a pair of Rose threes and Mike Dunleavy with 11 third quarter points highlighting an 18-6 Bulls start to the third quarter. But the Mavs responded with a 9-0 run driven by Monta Ellis for an 80-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Observations:

1. Jimmy Butler continued to grow into the Bulls’ primary option as they went to him late in regulation when the Mavs were intentionally fouling and in the first play of overtime.

2. Derrick Rose still has that ability to come up with the amazing play as Rose banked in that three at the buzzer to force a second overtime after it looked like his late regulation three might win it.

3. Dirk Nowitzki continues to be a marvel to savor as at 36 he scored the six of the first Mavs eight points in the first overtime as his coach, Rick Carlisle, labeled him the best shooter the game has seen. He had 22 points and 10 assists.