For close observers of the Bulls, their trademark resiliency in Thursday night’s 92-90 victory over the Nets at the Barclays Center shouldn’t be surprising.

Neither should Carlos Boozer’s monster performance.

The chorus of critics maligning the veteran power forward has quieted as of late and for good reason, as Boozer has consistently delivered all season, as he did against Brooklyn with a 29-point, 18-rebound outing to propel the short-handed Bulls—even more than usual, as Taj Gibson, his understudy, made five key players who weren’t in uniform—in a win over a potential first-round playoff opponent.

“Every night is going to be different guys, different matchups, but me and Luol, that’s our responsibility, to score the ball for us, especially without D-Rose this season. Joakim, Taj, Marco, Rip, that’s a lot of offense over their on the bench, so we obviously have a full load, but tonight was just aggressive,” said Boozer, who is always reluctant to point out his own success. “I honestly feel great. Got a good rhythm, just playing off my teammates and being aggressive when I get it, and whatever happens, happens. I’m confident out there and my teammates are confident.”

His teammates were more than willing to praise his effort.