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Chuck Checks In - 02.25.23

FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Bulls 131, Nets 87. (Bulls: 27-33, 17-13 at home).

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 32 pts. Nets: Thomas: 22 pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Vucevic and Drummond: 10. Nets: 3 with 6.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Beverley , DeRozan and White eac h with 4.

CCI STAT OF THE GAME: The Bulls out rebounded the Nets 57-31.

CCI RECAP: The Bulls led from start to finish ending a six game losing streak. Head Coach Billy Donovan shook up his starting lineup inserting newcomer Patrick Beverley for Ayo Dosunmu and Alex Caruso replacing Patrick Williams, who had started the previous 37 games.

Beverley in his Bulls debut played 22 minutes: 8 pts. 5 reb. 4 assists. He attempted five throws.

Zach LaVine scored 32 points, draining four three pointers. The Bulls bigs, Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond each posted double-double games. Vucevic recorded his 11th in 12 games, his 38th on the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Drummond picked up his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Williams scored 17 points off the bench.

The new look Nets were out of sync offensively shooting only 27% from three point range.

The Bulls led by as many as 50 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls trail Washington by just 1 1/2 games for the 10th and final seed in the Eastern Conference.

NEXT: Home with Washington Sunday.

CCI 24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES

Sacramento 176, Los Angeles Clippers 175. 2OT. This is not a typo. Sac's Malik Monk scored a career high 45 points in 41 minutes OFF the bench. Russell Westbrook in his Clippers debut scored 17 points , handed out 14 assists and grabbed five rebounds. Kawhi Leonard played 46 minutes and scored 44 points.

New York 115, Washington 109. Julius Randle equaled a career high with 46 points. The Wizards blew a 19 point lead on their home court.

Milwaukee 128, Miami 99. The Bucks won their 13th straight. Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game in the first quarter with a right knee injury.

Charlotte 121, Minnesota 113. LaMelo Ball nearly had a triple-double game of 32-10-8.

Atlanta 136, Cleveland 119. Trae Young scored 34 points. The Hawks played their first game under interim head coach Joe Prunty.

Golden State 116, Houston 101. Klay Thompson poured in 42 points, matching his season high of 12-three pointers. The Rockets dropped to 13-46, 5-26 on the road.

Phoenix 124, Oklahoma City 115. The Suns have won 12 of 16. Kevin Durant makes his Phoenix debut Sunday.

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