CHICAGO: Zach LaVine had 39 points and Coby White scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 118-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls (No.. 8) drives against Tim Hardaway Jr. From Dallas Mavericks. (No. 11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Jan.. . 3, 2021 (4. January in Manila) in Chicago. AP PHOTO
Jalen Brunson, who started instead of the injured Luka Doncic, had 31 points for the Mavericks.
Otto Porter Jr. . 15 for the bulls who were without a starter Lauri Markkanen and reserve Tomas Satoransky, Chandler Hutchison and Ryan Arcidiacano. Chicago has won three out of four and has won for the first time in four home games.
« I found Zach very aggressive as we need him, » said Bulls trainer Billy Donovan. He was big for us tonight. He had half of our points in the first half. I told him to stay aggressive and that doesn’t mean he has to score. ”
Doncic sat out because of a contusion in his left quadriceps. He was injured in the second quarter of a home win against Miami Heat on Friday night. He continued playing and ended the season with 27 points and 15 rebounds. He is listed as commonplace, his status in Houston Monday night is uncertain.
« We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow, » said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. « We don’t think this is a long-term thing. ”
The 21-year-old Slovenian star has got off to a relatively slow start this season. He averages 24. 4 points, 7. 6 rebounds and 6. 4 assists, shooting 43. 2% in total and 16. 1% on 3-pointers in five games.
Dallas was leading 60-59 at halftime, despite LaVine taking 29 points. LaVine was 9 for 13 off the field while the rest of the bulls were 10 for 27.
« I had a little more opportunity and tried to help my team win, » said Brunson. We came a little short. We can do a lot better. ”
Chicago scored the last seven points of the third quarter and led into the fourth with 86-81.
The Bulls extended the lead to 100-91 with just over 8 minutes on two free throws from White – the largest lead on this point by either team to this point.
The Mavericks moved with a basket from Josh Richardson to 103-98 with just 5 minutes to go. Porter Jr. . responded at the end with a 3-point game on an offensive rebound to build the lead back to 106-98.
Dallas responded with six straight points (four from Brunson), making it 106-104 with 3 1/2 minutes of play.
LaVine was then fouled on the other end and hit two free throws. After a defensive stop, LaVine Porter Jr. . for a layup to make it 110-104 with 2:50 remaining.
« Otto does a great job reading the piece, » said LaVine. Otto made a quick cut through the back door and I hit him with it. It was a smart game. ”
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