The first game of the NBA's Christmas Day schedule featured the Chicago Bulls dominating the Brooklyn Nets in a 95-78 blowout. The Bulls pulled away in the second half, eventually leading to the Brooklyn home crowd booing the Nets throughout the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn struggled on offense, shooting just 35 percent from the field as a team. They scored 15 points in the second quarter, but it was the third quarter where the game got away from the Nets. Mirza Teletovich scored 10 points in the third, but Chicago outscored Brooklyn 36-20 and built a comfortable lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Bulls dismantled the Nets' defense with six players breaking double-digit scoring. Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points starting in place of Luol Deng, who missed the game with Achilles inflammation. Taj Gibson scored a game-high 20 points, putting together a big game off the bench for Chicago including this monstrous putback dunk in the fourth quarter:
Deron Williams scored a team-high 18 points for Brooklyn. Kevin Garnett scored six points in 19 minutes on two-of-seven shooting. Andray Blatche struggled from the field, making just one of his 11 attempts.