Richard Hamilton scored 16 points in the Bulls' 114-101 victory over the Clippers Friday night. But while he may not be completely comfortable with his teammates, one thing's for sure; He's happy to be in sweet home Chicago. "I love it because that's what it's supposed to be," Hamilton said about title expectations in the Windy City, according to ProBasketballTalk. "When I was in Detroit, my first seven or eight years, we won every night. It was all about winning. To get the opportunity to get back in that groove, that's home for me."And what better home than Chicago? Hamilton gets to share the court with Derrick Rose, who even on the road has fans chanting "MVP." Hamilton may not be as efficient as he was five years ago but he's quickly getting his groove back with his new teammates. "I think guys are learning my game," he said. "I'm learning theirs." It's still early, but are you happy with Hamilton's play so far? Is he on target with the Bulls becoming a playoff contender and his title expectations?
DALLAS (AP) -- Wesley Matthews has taken greater responsibility with Dirk Nowitzki out of the Dallas Mavericks' lineup much of this season.
Matthews scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half of Dallas' 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
"Matthews was the star of the game, obviously," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is our leader right now with Dirk out. He really sets the tone for us in the locker room and on the floor. He is just the vocal guy."
Matthews has accepted the expanded role as Nowitzki has been limited to five games by a strained right Achilles tendon.
"I feel like that's one of the reasons why they brought me over here (from Portland). Through this rough patch, injuries and everything, everybody had to mold together. It's almost like we had to restructure ourselves. I think everybody has embraced that."
Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to help Dallas improve to 4-15.
Chicago was coming off a 111-105 victory over defending champion Cleveland on Friday night.
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Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26 points.
"I don't think anybody played well tonight," Butler said. "We didn't play with energy on either end of the floor."
Barnes powered the Mavericks to a 17-point first-quarter lead with eight points.
"They came out and threw the first punch and kept throwing, and we could just never recover from that," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We did expend a lot of energy (Friday) night."
Dwight Powell (17) and rookie Dorian Finney-Smith (11) had career highs in scoring, and Deron Williams had a season-high 15 assists with only one turnover.
"The biggest thing was we were even (43-43) on the boards," Carlisle said. Andrew Bogut had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Powell grabbed eight.
Neither team scored in the first 2:15, but Dallas went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:20. The Mavericks led 23-6 with 3:17 left. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 29-18. Bogut had six points and eight rebounds.
Chicago pulled within six points three times in the second quarter, but Dallas finished the first half with a 57-45 lead. In the third quarter, Matthews had 14 points, and the Maverick led by as many as 21 points.
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