FINAL FROM SACRAMENTO:
Bulls 113, Sacramento 106: (Bulls 7-14, 4-7 on the road)
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine 28pts. Kings : Hield: 26 pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter:10. Kings: Holmes: 9
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5. Kings: Joseph: 7
RECAP: The Bulls got a much-needed win as they made key hoops at crunch time as the combination of Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen proved to be just enough to hold off a furious rally by Sacramento. LaVine scored 28, Markkanen 20, marking the first time this season the two players have each scored 20 or more points in the same game. The Bulls bench outscored the Kings reserves 35-24. The combination of LaVine, Markkanen, and Coby White combined for 12 of the Bulls 16 made three-point field goals. The win snapped a three-game Bulls losing streak.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: The starting backcourt of Zach LaVine and Tomas Satoransky combined to go 17-19 from the foul line.
IN THE LOCKER ROOM: "If you look at the box score, that's how we envision this group of guys to look. Contributions from everybody and a really solid game from Zach, Lauri, a double-double from Wendell, Sato gets 14 and 5 — that's what we hope it can be." - Coach Boylen
UP NEXT: Home with Memphis Wednesday.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Philadelphia 103, Utah 94: The 76ers improved to 10-0 at home.
Phoenix 109, Charlotte 104: Kelly Oubre Jr. with two big-time three-point field goals helped end a three-game Suns losing streak.
Atlanta 104, Golden State 79: They are dancing in the streets in Atlanta as the Hawks ended a ten-game slide. The 4-18 Warriors finished with a season-low in points.
Indiana 117, Memphis 104: The Pacers took advantage of an injury-riddled Grizzlies team as Domantas Sabonis scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out eight assists. Memphis plays in Chicago Wednesday.
Milwaukee 132, New York 88: The Knicks are 4-17. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 21-15 game in 21 minutes for the 18-3 Bucks. In fact, it took only 14 minutes for Giannis to record his 20th double-double on the season. The Bucks have won 12 straight.
Always a pleasure.