Chuck's Daily Check In - 12.7.19

FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Golden State 100, Bulls 98. (Bulls: 8-15, 4-8 at home)

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine - 22 pts. Golden State: Robinson - 20
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter Jr. - 12. Golden State: Cauley-Stein, Robinson and Russell each with 7.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: LaVine - 6. Golden State: Bowman - 6.

CCI STAT OF THE GAME: The Bulls attempted only five free-throws, making three.

CCI RECAP: The margin of winning/losing an NBA game is ever so small and that was on full display Friday at the United Center as the Warriors prevailed, outscoring the Bulls 23-15 in the fourth quarter, coming away with a narrow victory.

Zach LaVine's potential game winning, left side three, hit back rim and the Warriors escaped with a season series sweep. LaVine finished the night with a 22 points, six rebounds, three assists game. Lauri Markkanen had 20 points, 17 coming in the first half. Coby White was instant offense off the bench draining four three-point field goals in five attempts and Wendell Carter Jr. pulled down 12 boards, five on the offensive glass.

Denzel Valentine gave the Bulls a lift with 11 points but got tossed for trash talking from the bench.

UP NEXT: At Miami Sunday.


Milwaukee 119, Los Angeles Clippers 91: Our "CCI Game of the Night", the Bucks keep rolling with 14 straight wins, 20-3 overall. Giannis Antetokounmpo with a 27-11 game. It was his 21st double-double of the season. The Bucks led by as many as 41 points. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for only 30 points.

Los Angeles Lakers 136, Portland 113: Another major injury blow for the battered Blazers as Rodney Hood suffered a torn Achilles' tendon and is out for the season. Anthony Davis scored 39 for the 20-3 Lakers.

Boston 108, Denver 95: The Celtics improved to 9-0 at home as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 47 points. The Nuggets got 30 points from Nikola Jokic but have dropped three of their last four games.

Detroit 108, Indiana 101: Detroit's two best players stepped up to get the win. The combination of Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin combined for 50 points. The Pistons have won three of their last four games.

Oklahoma City 139, Minnesota 127 OT: Chris Paul scored a season high 30 points.

San Antonio 105, Sacramento 104. OT: The Spurs rallied from a nine point deficit with 1:50 left in regulation. The Spurs have won back to back overtime games.

Brooklyn 111, Charlotte 104 The Nets continue to play solid ball without All Star Kyrie Irving winning for the fifth time in their last six road games. Joe Harris buried six- three balls.

Miami 112, Washington 103: Jimmy Butler recorded his second triple double of the week. Bam Adebayo scored a career high 24 points.

Orlando 93, Cleveland 87: The Cavs have lost four straight and 11 of 12. Earlier in the Day, "The Athletic" quoted anonymous Cleveland players who were critical of head coach John Beilein. My opinion, if you have an issue and plan to use the media as a platform to offer opinions, then put your name next to the quote. Man up.

The Knicks fired David Fizdale and replaced him with Mike Miller, who becomes the Interim Head Coach.

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