Bulls vs. Celtics – Game Recap – January 15, 2022


BOSTON — — Robert Williams hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left and the Boston Celtics scored the final eight points to edge the Chicago Bulls 114-112 on Saturday night.

Williams, who tied it at 112 with two foul shots with 31 seconds to go, finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Boston rallied after trailing 112-106 with 1:57 to play.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jaylen Brown scored 19 points and Dennis Schroder had 16 points and eight assists for Boston.

Nikola Vucevic had 27 points for Chicago and rookie Ayo Dosunmu scored a career-high 21 points and added 10 assists. DeMar DeRozan, who missed a shot at the buzzer that could have tied it for the Bulls, scored 23.

Chicago was coming off a 138-96 loss at home to Golden State on Friday night and lost for the fourth time in five games. The Bulls couldn’t hold off the Celtics down the stretch despite numerous mistakes by Boston, which led 54-49 at halftime and 84-83 after a tight third quarter.

The Celtics faltered down the stretch with several mistakes, including a bad pass by Tatum, a traveling call on Brown and an offensive foul committed by Tatum. But Chicago couldn’t quite close out the Celtics, who still had a chance after Brown hit from the corner to pull the Celtics within 112-110 with 1:06 left.

Malcolm Hill missed a shot for Chicago and Williams drew a foul at the other end, tying it with a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left to play.

DeRozan missed from the lane with 11 seconds left and Boston got the rebound. Williams drew foul on Vucevic and went to the line with 9.7 seconds left, sinking both to put the Celtics back up.

TIP-INS

Bulls: G Zach LaVine did not travel with the club after injuring his left knee early in Friday night’s game. An MRI on Saturday did not reveal any significant structural damage and LaVine will be reevaluated early next week, the Bulls said. Although there was no timetable for his return, the Bulls said LaVine was not expected to miss significant time. LaVine tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for Minnesota in February 2017. … The Bulls were also without G Lonzo Ball (left knee soreness). G Alex Caruso remained in COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Celtics: Tatum scored 13 in first quarter. … G Marcus Smart (health and safety protocols) missed his third straight game. … The Celtics improved to 1-1 against Chicago this season and snapped a three-game slide against the Bulls.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Memphis on Monday afternoon.

Celtics: Host New Orleans on Monday afternoon.

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Warriors vs. Bulls – Game Recap – January 14, 2022


CHICAGO — — Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Stephen Curry added 19 and the Golden State Warriors rolled to their most lopsided win of the season, dominating the Chicago Bulls 138-96 on Friday night.

Rookie Jonathan Kuminga finished with 25 points and Jordan Poole scored 22.

The Warriors broke out of their rut in a huge way, pulling away early after dropping four of five. It was just the sort of breather they needed coming off a lopsided loss at defending champion Milwaukee the previous night.

The Bulls lost star Zach LaVine to a left knee injury in the opening minutes. They got booed off the court trailing 78-47 at halftime and wound up with their worst loss this season.

Wiggins scored 20 in the first half and shot 8 of 11 in the game. Curry shook off a slow start in a total turnaround for the Warriors after they trailed 77-38 at halftime in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Poole nailed five 3-pointers, and the Warriors made it look easy even though they were missing Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Coby White added 20 points, and DeMar DeRozan scored 17.

But the Bulls lost for the third time in four games after winning nine straight to match their best streak since the end of the end of the 2010-11 regular season.

Things took an alarming turn for them when LaVine — who tore the ACL in his left knee playing for Minnesota in February 2017 — walked gingerly toward the locker room with 8:28 left in the first quarter. The All-Star and Olympic gold medalist never went to the ground.

From there, things didn’t get any better for the Bulls.

After hanging with Kevin Durant and the Nets into the third quarter before Brooklyn blew them out two nights earlier, they were never really in this one.

The Warriors led 37-28 through the first quarter despite just two points from Curry, then outscored Chicago 41-19 in the second. The 78 points were the most in a half for Golden State this season and the most allowed by the Bulls.

Curry scored the first six points in an 11-0 run that Wiggins finished with a driving bank shot, making it 54-33 with about 7 minutes left in the half.

TIP-INS

Warriors: The Warriors rested Thompson as planned after he played 20 minutes at Milwaukee in his third game back. They plan to “bump him up a little bit” when they visit Minnesota on Sunday, coach Steve Kerr said. The five-time All-Star missed 2 1/2 years because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and an Achilles tendon injury. … Kerr is “hopeful” Green (left calf tightness) returns Tuesday when the Warriors host Detroit. Green missed his third consecutive game and Kerr said it makes more sense to have him continue rehabbing in the Bay Area rather than join the team at Minnesota.

Bulls: G Alex Caruso was not planning to travel with the team to Boston and Memphis. He missed his 11th game in a row, the past five because of COVID-19 after being sidelined with a sprained left foot. … The Bulls signed F Malcolm Hill to a 10-day hardship contract. Hill played at Illinois from 2013-14 to 2016-17 and grew up near St. Louis in Belleville, Ill.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Bulls: Visit Boston on Saturday.

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Mavericks vs. Bulls – Game Recap – November 10, 2021


CHICAGO — — There is no secret to Lonzo Ball‘s improved 3-point shooting. He put the work in, and it’s paying off.

He has come a long way from long distance.

“It’s night and day now,” he said.

Ball made seven of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers and Zach LaVine scored 23 points, powering the Bulls to a 117-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Ball went 7 for 10 from deep and finished with 21 points. He is shooting 44.7% from beyond the arc in his first year with the Bulls, continuing his steady rise from shooting 30.5% from 3 during his rookie season in 2017-18 with the Lakers.

“He deserves a lot of credit,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s put in an incredible amount of work to get himself to that level.”

Five players scored in double figures for Chicago during its second consecutive victory. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points.

Dallas had won three straight and four of five overall, but couldn’t keep up with LaVine and Chicago in the second half. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, and Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

“I should take better shots,” said Doncic, who was 6 for 18 from the field. “I know I always say this, but honestly, I’ve got to do it, not just say it. I’ve got to be better.”

Dallas trailed by seven in the third quarter before Doncic wrapped the ball around his back and then lobbed to Dwight Powell for a jam over Vucevic with 3:29 left. The play drew an “ooohhh” from the United Center crowd of 20,910, but the rest of the period belonged to Chicago.

Alex Caruso converted a three-point play and made a jumper to give the Bulls a 95-80 lead after three. The reserve guard finished with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

“I just tried to be aggressive when I had the ball and shots went in,” Caruso said.

Chicago was never seriously threatened in the fourth, and LaVine punctuated the win when he got an overhead pass from Ball and finished a 360-degree dunk with 1:50 remaining.

“The Bulls are back, man. That’s all I can say,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 21 points for Dallas.

Doncic’s free throw gave the Mavericks a 51-48 lead with 4:46 left in the second quarter, but the Bulls closed the first half with a 13-3 run. LaVine opened the spurt with a 3-pointer and a dunk.

“Right there before half, with two minutes left, they went on a run, and we just couldn’t recover from that,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber (left oblique strain) missed his fifth straight game. Kidd said Kleber is doing better. “I don’t think we’ve got to the seven- or 10-day mark yet,” Kidd said. “But once we get there, I think I can give you a better update.”

Bulls: G Coby White (offseason left shoulder surgery) practiced with the team’s G League affiliate Tuesday. Donovan said White will have another workout on Thursday. “If things progress we’re hopeful at some point maybe on that West Coast swing that he’d be available to play,” Donovan said. The Bulls open a five-game trip at Golden State on Friday night. … F Patrick Williams (left wrist) will not travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, Donovan said.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the San Antonio Spurs on Friday for their third meeting already this season. The Mavericks took the first two, winning 104-99 on Oct. 28 and 109-108 last week.

Bulls: At Golden State on Friday night. The Bulls have dropped eight in a row against the Warriors.

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Ball, LaVine lead Bulls past Mavericks 117-107


CHICAGO (AP) — There is no secret to Lonzo Ball’s improved 3-point shooting. He put the work in, and it’s paying off.

He has come a long way from long distance.

“It’s night and day now,” he said.

Ball made seven of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers and Zach LaVine scored 23 points, powering the Bulls to a 117-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Ball went 7 for 10 from deep and finished with 21 points. He is shooting 44.7% from beyond the arc in his first year with the Bulls, continuing his steady rise from shooting 30.5% from 3 during his rookie season in 2017-18 with the Lakers.

“He deserves a lot of credit,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s put in an incredible amount of work to get himself to that level.”

Five players scored in double figures for Chicago during its second consecutive victory. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points.

Dallas had won three straight and four of five overall, but couldn’t keep up with LaVine and Chicago in the second half. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, and Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

“I should take better shots,” said Doncic, who was 6 for 18 from the field. “I know I always say this, but honestly, I’ve got to do it, not just say it. I’ve got to be better.”

Dallas trailed by seven in the third quarter before Doncic wrapped the ball around his back and then lobbed to Dwight Powell for a jam over Vucevic with 3:29 left. The play drew an “ooohhh” from the United Center crowd of 20,910, but the rest of the period belonged to Chicago.

Alex Caruso converted a three-point play and made a jumper to give the Bulls a 95-80 lead after three. The reserve guard finished with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

“I just tried to be aggressive when I had the ball and shots went in,” Caruso said.

Chicago was never seriously threatened in the fourth, and LaVine punctuated the win when he got an overhead pass from Ball and finished a 360-degree dunk with 1:50 remaining.

“The Bulls are back, man. That’s all I can say,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 21 points for Dallas.

Doncic’s free throw gave the Mavericks a 51-48 lead with 4:46 left in the second quarter, but the Bulls closed the first half with a 13-3 run. LaVine opened the spurt with a 3-pointer and a dunk.

“Right there before half, with two minutes left, they went on a run, and we just couldn’t recover from that,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber (left oblique strain) missed his fifth straight game. Kidd said Kleber is doing better. “I don’t think we’ve got to the seven- or 10-day mark yet,” Kidd said. “But once we get there, I think I can give you a better update.”

Bulls: G Coby White (offseason left shoulder surgery) practiced with the team’s G League affiliate Tuesday. Donovan said White will have another workout on Thursday. “If things progress we’re hopeful at some point maybe on that West Coast swing that he’d be available to play,” Donovan said. The Bulls open a five-game trip at Golden State on Friday night. … F Patrick Williams (left wrist) will not travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, Donovan said.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the San Antonio Spurs on Friday for their third meeting already this season. The Mavericks took the first two, winning 104-99 on Oct. 28 and 109-108 last week.

Bulls: At Golden State on Friday night. The Bulls have dropped eight in a row against the Warriors.

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Match 9: Thursday, Sept. 30 (7 p.m.)
Ball State (3-4-1, 1-0-1 MAC) vs. Buffalo (6-2-1, 0-1-1 MAC)
Buffalo, N.Y. (UB Stadium)
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Match 10: Sunday, Oct. 3 (2 p.m.)
Ball State (3-4-1, 1-0-1 MAC) vs. Akron (2-8-0, 0-2-0 MAC)
Muncie, Ind. (Briner Sports Complex)
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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to action for two Mid-American Conference matches this week. The Cardinals travel to Buffalo for a matchup with the Bulls on Thursday, before hosting the Akron Zips on Sunday.
 
The Cardinals are coming off of a 2-1 victory on the road against the Central Michigan Chippewas on Sunday. Chelcy Ralph and Grace Alsop ended the three-match scoreless streak. Lexy Smith and Jenna Dombrowski each added an assist. Ralph leads BSU with six points on three goals. Nicky Potts is second on the team with four points on two goals. Alex DeRuvo enters the contest with a 3-4-1 record in goal for Ball State.
 
This will be the 22nd meeting between BSU and UB. Ball State leads the overall series 14-7-2, including a 3-2 overtime victory in the last meeting in 2019.  The Cardinals enter the match with a 3-4-1 overall record and a 1-0-1 mark in the MAC. The Bulls come into the meeting with a 6-2-1 record and are 0-1-1 in the MAC. Kickoff between Ball State and Buffalo is scheduled for 7 p.m.
 
Marcy Barberic leads the Bulls with 16 points, seven goals and two assists. She is tied for 31st in the NCAA and leads the MAC in points. Katherine Camper is second on the team with two goals and three assists for seven points. Emily Kelly leads Buffalo with a 6-2-1 record in net. She has stopped 35 shots on the year.
 
Ball State holds a 13-2-5 series lead over Akron, including a 1-0 victory in the last meeting in 2019. The Zips enter this week’s contests with a 2-8 record and are 0-2 in conference play. Katie Stafford leads the team with three goals and six points. Sarah Nguyen is second on the squad with four points, all on assists. Penelope Cuirinier has played all 900 minutes in goal for Akron. She has made 51 saves, which is fourth in the MAC.
 
Ball State’s Top 5 Active Career Scorers:
1. Tatiana Mason – 37 Points / 12 Goals (7 match-winners) / 13 Assists
2. Nicky Potts – 31 Points / 12 Goals (5 match-winners) / 7 Assists
3. Grace Alsop – 14 points / 6 Goals (1 game-winner) / 2 Assists
4. Jenna Dombrowski – 13 Points / 5 Goals (2 match-winners) / 3 Assists
5. Melissa Diceman – 11 points / 4 Goals (2 match-winners) / 3 Assists
 
 





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Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons odds, picks and prediction


The Chicago Bulls (28-39) travel to meet the Detroit Pistons (20-48) Sunday at Little Caesars Arena. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Bulls vs. Pistons odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Bulls are coming off a 121-99 win over the Boston Celtics as a four-point underdog. It’s their second straight win, as they topped the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday by a 120-99 count.

The Pistons are coming off a 118-104 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday, and now they have the quick turnaround. Detroit has won just once in the past six outings while going 2-4 against the spread across the stretch.

Bulls at Pistons: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:40 a.m. ET.

  • Money line : Bulls -375 (bet $375 to win $100) | Pistons +290 (bet $100 to win $290)
  • Against the spread/ATS : Bulls -8.5 (-110) | Pistons +8.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under : 219.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Bulls at Pistons: Key injuries

Bulls

  • Nothing affecting gambling odds.

Pistons

  • PG Hamidou Diallo (personal) out
  • SG Jaren Jackson Jr. (mouth) out
  • SG Rodney McGruder (elbow) out
  • PG Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) out

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Bulls at Pistons: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Bulls 111, Pistons 105

Money line (ML)

The Bulls (-375) will cost you nearly four times your potential return, and that’s too expensive on the road, even against a poor Pistons (+290) side.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The PISTONS +8.5 (-110) were dusted by the 76ers on Saturday, and they have a quick turnaround.

However, they’re 10-1 ATS across the past 11 games as an underdog of 8.5 or more points. Roll with Detroit, as they should be able to keep it within single digits.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 219.5 (-110) is the play here. The Under has connected in six in a row for the Bulls while going 9-4 in their past 13 as a favorite.

The Under is 5-2-1 in the past eight home games for the Pistons, while cashing in six of the past eight as a ‘dog. The Under is also 5-2 in the past seven when working on no rest.

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Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons odds, picks and prediction


The Chicago Bulls (28-39) travel to meet the Detroit Pistons (20-48) Sunday at Little Caesars Arena. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Bulls vs. Pistons odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Bulls are coming off a 121-99 win over the Boston Celtics as a four-point underdog. It’s their second straight win, as they topped the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday by a 120-99 count.

The Pistons are coming off a 118-104 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday, and now they have the quick turnaround. Detroit has won just once in the past six outings while going 2-4 against the spread across the stretch.

Bulls at Pistons: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:40 a.m. ET.

  • Money line : Bulls -375 (bet $375 to win $100) | Pistons +290 (bet $100 to win $290)
  • Against the spread/ATS : Bulls -8.5 (-110) | Pistons +8.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under : 219.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Bulls at Pistons: Key injuries

Bulls

  • Nothing affecting gambling odds.

Pistons

  • PG Hamidou Diallo (personal) out
  • SG Jaren Jackson Jr. (mouth) out
  • SG Rodney McGruder (elbow) out
  • PG Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) out

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Bulls at Pistons: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Bulls 111, Pistons 105

Money line (ML)

The Bulls (-375) will cost you nearly four times your potential return, and that’s too expensive on the road, even against a poor Pistons (+290) side.

AVOID.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The PISTONS +8.5 (-110) were dusted by the 76ers on Saturday, and they have a quick turnaround.

However, they’re 10-1 ATS across the past 11 games as an underdog of 8.5 or more points. Roll with Detroit, as they should be able to keep it within single digits.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 219.5 (-110) is the play here. The Under has connected in six in a row for the Bulls while going 9-4 in their past 13 as a favorite.

The Under is 5-2-1 in the past eight home games for the Pistons, while cashing in six of the past eight as a ‘dog. The Under is also 5-2 in the past seven when working on no rest.

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Vucevic scores 29, Bulls snap Celtics’ 6-game streak, 102-96


BOSTON (AP) — The Bulls have a difficult road to travel if they want to secure a spot in the playoffs.

But they feel like replicating their defensive effort from the past two games might be the thing that helps them get there.

Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and nine rebounds, and the Chicago held off the Boston Celtics 102-96 on Monday night.

Coby White added 19 points and seven assists to help the Bulls snap Boston’s season-high six-game winning streak. Chicago has won its last two since a five-game skid to nudge in front of Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Both wins have come without guard Zach LaVine, who remained in the health and safety protocols for the third straight game.

“We’re in a fight for our lives,” said Bulls guard Garrett Temple. “Every detail, every play matters. Guys are playing really hard, and I like that.”

What coach Billy Donovan liked best is how his team is competing on the defensive end, holding each of its last two opponents under 100 points.

“We shot the ball really poorly in the first half. But of defense kept us in it,” Donovan said. “Once the ball started going in the basket, it was nice to see us maintain that defensive intensity, really the entire game.”

Boston led by 12 in second quarter but struggled to execute down the stretch and finished with 17 turnovers.

“It was pretty consistent, the turnovers,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I go back to their length, their physicality. We tried to draw some fouls in there, but to their credit they played physical. They played solid.”

Jaylen Brown had 23 points. Jayson Tatum posted the first triple-double of his career with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. But he was just 3-of-17 from field.

“It was a tough night,” Tatum said.

The Celtics played without Kemba Walker (non-COVID-19-related illness), Marcus Smart (non-COVID-19-related illness), Evan Fournier (health and safety protocols) and Robert Williams (sore left knee).

The Bulls missed their first five shots of the game and fell into an early hole.

They got back in the game in the third quarter, closing the period a 24-10 run and taking a 74-66 lead to the fourth.

Boston didn’t go away, and Brown tied the game at 90 with a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining.

But Chicago then pushed back in front 96-90, taking advantage of a pair of Celtics’ empty possessions.

Tremont Waters got Boston within 96-94 on a layup with 16.5 seconds left. The Celtics fouled and White pushed the lead back up to 98-94 with a pair of free throws.

Two free throws by Tatum but it to 98-96. But after White was fouled again, he calmly sank two more free throws.

Boston shot 20-of-39 from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led 48-42 lead at halftime.

Vucevic scored 17 in the first half to keep the Bulls within striking distance.

White said it was easy to run the offense through the All-Star once he got going.

“Vooch is a bucket getter,” White said. “You gotta play off a guy that talented.”





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Valanciunas leads late burst as Grizzlies beat Bulls 101-90


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, leading a fourth-quarter burst that carried the Memphis Grizzlies to a 101-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Valanciunas, who had 32 points and 22 rebounds a night earlier in a loss to the Indiana Pacers, scored 10 in the fourth as Memphis used an 18-6 run to break open a close game.

“Jonas is Jonas, man,” said second-year guard Ja Morant. “He’s a top player for us. He commands the paint. Protects the paint. A walking double-double.”

Valanciunas’ double-double was his 15th in a row, setting a franchise record.

“It’s not an individual sport,” Valanciunas said. “I would not be doing it without my teammates, first of all. Second thing, I’m playing with a high energy. I’m putting a lot of work in trying to go for every rebound. Trying to go for every putback. Stuff like that. That pays off.”

Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points and Grayson Allen added 14. Morant had 13 points and 10 assists.

Zach LaVine scored 21 points, but he was just 5 for 14 from the field as the Bulls lost their third straight. Thaddeus Young scored 20 and Daniel Theis had 18. Nikola Vucevic finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

“I think it’s going to be really, really hard to have a lot of guys in double figures when you shoot (42%) from the field and 16% from the 3-point line.” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “I think our bench was 0 for 12 from 3. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well all the way around as a team.”

The teams stayed close through the first three quarters. Vucevic provided a bit of a buffer for the Bulls, scoring 12 in the period for a 74-70 lead entering the fourth.

The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 27, but called off due to health and safety protocols. That left both teams playing Monday on the second night of a back-to-back, and coming off losses.

“We know what we are capable of,” Morant said. “How we are able to bounce back from a loss and move on.”

The lingering effects of the consecutive games still showed early. Neither team managed more than 46% shooting in the first half, and Memphis added to its problems with 12 turnovers, while the Bulls committed nine.

That made for a close half. A 16-6 run to close it gave Memphis a 48-47 lead at intermission.

Neither team led by double digits until Memphis’ run in the fourth.

“Every night we have one category that we don’t perform well,” said Theis, who came over last month in a trade with Boston. “One night the turnover costs us the game. (Sunday against Minnesota) we didn’t get to the line a lot, …Today, we didn’t shoot the ball well from 3.

“Now, we have to put it together. We play defense like (Monday), and we make those shots, we’re going to win games.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: The game wrapped up a span where Chicago played nine of its last 10 on the road. The exception was a home win over Brooklyn on April 4. … Theis was 7 of 8 in the first half, scoring 14 points. … Vucevic tied his season high with five steals. … Chicago’s six-game winning streak in the series was snapped.

Grizzlies: Travel to Chicago on Friday for the second game of the season home-and-home series. The game in Chicago is the first of a seven-game road trip for Memphis. … Valanciunas’ streak topped Zach Randolph’s consecutive games with a double-double from 2011.

SHOOTING OF DAUNTE WRIGHT

In his pregame comments, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins addressed the shooting of Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb. Jenkins said the incident “has just been another reminder about how there is so much change that needs to happen in our country.”

“More work needs to be done,” Jenkins said, “and we talked as a team about the importance of using our voices to speak out on injustices, how there needs to be equality for all, how these situations are avoidable and change needs to happen. There’s a long road ahead.”

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Orlando on Wednesday

Grizzlies: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

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