The Bulls gave up plenty of points, but much of their first-half woes came on the offensive end. They didn’t manage to score 20 points in either quarter, going 14 for 36 (38.9 percent) from the field and committing 13 turnovers in the first half.
Carter led the Mavericks with 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers. Dallas was 7 for 13 from long range in the first half, compared with 1 of 6 for the Bulls.
“You have to give them credit,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They played well, they shot well. They are a terrific offensive team. They got their confidence early and then they can go all night.”