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Gobert Leads Jazz To 114-83 Romp Over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rolled to one of their most lopsided wins of the season, beating the Chicago Bulls 114-83 Saturday night.

The 31-point margin of victory was just three shy of Utah’s season high. The Jazz raced out to a 70-36 halftime lead and never looked back in winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Gobert dominated inside, making 9 of 11 shots and blocking four.

Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Favors scored 13. And the Jazz made about half of their shots, with Chicago offering little resistance.

Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He made just 6 of 20 shots, and the Bulls delivered one of their worst performances in a rough season.

It didn’t help that they were again missing two of their best players, with Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) sidelined. But Chicago seemed disinterested right from the start. And the Jazz took advantage.

Their most lopsided victory this season was a 139-105 romp over San Antonio on Dec. 4. And it looked like they might surpass that, the way this one started.

There was no shortage of highlights as the Jazz put this one away in the first half.

There was Gobert blocking a layup by Markkanen in the second quarter and converting a layup off a no-look pass from Ricky Rubio driving the baseline.

Gobert had another neat block on Kris Dunn’s fastbreak layup, setting up a break that Mitchell punctuated with a soaring dunk.

Things were so bad for the Bulls that fans cheered sarcastically when Dunn hit a 16-foot jumper with just under five minutes left in the half to stop a 17-0 run

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah’s highest scoring half was 81 points against Golden State on Oct. 17.

Bulls: Porter missed his third straight game and LaVine missed his second in a row. … The Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) and Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) for the remainder of the season. Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and 7 rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday.

Bulls: Visit Toronto on Tuesday.

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Markkanen, Dunn Lead Bulls Over Wizards 126-120 In OT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the fading Washington Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 20: Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get off a shot between Troy Brown Jr. #6 (L) and Jabari Parker #12 of the Washington Wizards at the United Center on March 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Wizards 126-120 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Markkanen nailed five 3-pointers, including a key shot beyond the arc in overtime.

Shaquille Harrison scored 18, and Cristiano Felicio 15 for the Bulls, who won their second straight after dropping five in a row, despite leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) not playing because of injuries.

Jabari Parker led Washington with 28 points against his former team. Bradley Beal scored 27 and hit the tying jumper in the closing seconds of regulation. But the Wizards lost for the third time in four games.

Tied at 113 through four quarters, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run to start overtime, with Lopez hitting two foul shots and Dunn nailing two 3-pointers. It was 121-117 with a minute left when Dunn missed two free throws.

Beal then missed the first and made the final two free throws after getting fouled on a 3, cutting the lead to two. But Markkanen nailed a 3 from the top of the key to make it 124-119 with 32.3 seconds remaining.

Parker then put up an airball on the second attempt after making the first free throw, and Dunn hit two foul shots to make it 126-120 with 19.5 seconds left.

The game was the second between the two teams since the deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis on Feb. 6. The Wizards beat the Bulls134-125 three days later in Chicago, with Beal scoring 31.

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United Center To Debut New Scoreboard, Sound System For Upcoming Season

CHICAGO (CBS)– The United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, announced Wednesday the debut of a new scoreboard and sound system for the upcoming seaon.

The new scoreboard, which will debut at the start of the 2019-2020 season, will be the ” largest center-hung screen display with the highest resolution technology among all arenas that host both NBA and NHL teams.”

Credit: United Center

Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks fans can look forward to features like the continuous inner ring display with nearly four times more LED screen display than the existing scoreboard in addition to the new sound system.

Bulls End Losing Streak, Beat Suns 116-101

PHOENIX (AP) — Robin Lopez used his veteran guile to gain an advantage over the Phoenix Suns’ young big men, and had major success at the expense of his former team.

Lopez scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 116-101 on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.

“My teammates, they were putting me in really advantageous positions,” Lopez said. “It’s always great seeing familiar faces here. I was here for four years, and there are a lot of people I’m still close to.”

Zach LaVine had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and nine boards for Chicago. The Bulls shot 52 percent (46 for 89) from the field.

Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Devin Booker also scored 25 for Phoenix, which has lost three of four after a 5-2 stretch.

The Suns played without one of their top scorers and main contributors to their recent run of improved basketball, as Kelly Oubre Jr. missed the game with a left thumb sprain. Guard Tyler Johnson did not play due to a sore knee, missing his third straight game, and forward T.J. Warren hasn’t played since Jan. 22 due to an ankle injury. Backup center Richaun Holmes also sat out with a quadriceps strain, his second straight game missed.

“No excuse,” Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov said. “Physicality, strength, explosiveness, aggressiveness, they got us. No question the better team won the game.”

Lopez hit four different angles of hook shots in the first quarter, helping the Bulls take a 34-20 lead into the second. Lopez scored 14 of his points with hook shots.

“It’s tough,” Lopez said of going against Ayton. “He’s a great defender. He’s got a long wingspan, so trying to put that over him, that’s difficult.”

Ayton admitted having a hard time defensively, and said he told Lopez he will “steal” the move from him.

“Lopez down low with a traditional hook shot, very unstoppable,” Ayton said. “If I really wanted to contest it there would have been a foul every time because I was off and he was really protecting the ball.”

The Suns missed their first six 3-pointers, and after Cristiano Felicio’s putback dunk and free throw, the Bulls took their largest lead of the game, 19 points, with 10:22 to play in the second quarter.

The Suns responded with an 11-2 run capped off by Troy Daniels’ 3 with 7:03 to go, making it 41-31.

LaVine’s layup and free throw put the Bulls up by 19 again, 54-35, with 4:12 left in the half.

The Suns cut it to 56-43 at halftime, with Booker making just 3 of 11 shots, including four misses from 3-point range.

Phoenix pulled to 56-48 early in the third, but Lopez scored the Bulls’ next three baskets for a 66-52 lead with 6:57 to go. Chicago went ahead by 18 in the third and led 86-73 going into the fourth.

The Suns got the Bulls’ lead down to nine early in the fourth, but couldn’t get any closer. Antonio Blakeney dunked with 9:25 to play to give the Bulls a 91-77 lead.

“We’re starting to have some fun a little bit, LaVine said. “I think we shared the wealth a lot.”

Chicago improved to 5-7 in the second of back-to-back games.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Shaquille Harrison started at guard against his former team, and his first basket of the game was a driving dunk. … F Otto Porter Jr. did not play due to a sore shoulder, and Boylen said there is no timetable for when he is able to play next. … Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant sat courtside for the game.

Suns: Ayton skied for a two-handed alley-oop dunk from Josh Jackson with 2:19 left in the third quarter. … Rookie Mikal Bridges made his first start since Feb. 13 and scored 12 points. … Ayton recorded his 36th double-double of the season and is one away from tying Alvan Adams for the franchise’s single-season record.

 

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Kings Beat Bulls 129-102

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and nine rebounds, Buddy Hield added 16 points and inched closer to Sacramento’s single-season record for 3-pointers, and the Kings beat the Chicago Bulls 129-102 on Sunday.

Harrison Barnes scored 15 points, De’Aaron Fox had 17 and Harry Giles added 16 to help Sacramento complete a second straight season sweep of Chicago. The Kings dominated in nearly every statistical category and outscored the Bullls 80-56 in the paint.

Zach LaVine had 18 points for the struggling Bulls (19-52). Chicago has lost five straight.

Hield made two 3s and has 231 this season. He needs 10 more to break Peja Stojakovic’s single-season Kings record set in 2003-04. Stojakovic is currently Sacramento’s assistant general manager.

Bagley, the second overall pick in the draft, managed to upstage his teammate with yet another strong game. Bagley scored 14 points in the second half to help the Kings pull away, made a handful of big plays including a coast-to-coast layup after blocking a shot by Robin Lopez, and finished one rebound shy of his 14th double-double this season.

The Kings needed it as they continue to maintain slim hopes of ending the NBA’s longest active playoff drought. Sacramento, 4-8 since the All-Star break, began the day six games behind the Clippers for the eighth spot in the crowded Western Conference.

The Kings trailed early but got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Bogdan Bogdanovic to end the first quarter, then opened the second with a 20-4 run.

Hield had 10 points during the surge, Bagley split a pair of defenders on a three-point play, and Harrison Barnes added a breakaway dunk to put Sacramento ahead 44-27.

Things got chippy when Lopez and Giles picked up offsetting technical fouls with one second left in the first half.

Sacramento continued to pull away and led 96-66 late in the third quarter.

Bulls: Lauri Markkanen had 11 points and has scored in double figures for the 29th consecutive game, the longest streak by a Chicago player in eight years. … The Bulls had four offensive rebounds and two second-chance points in the first half.

Kings: The 40 points scored in the first half by Chicago matched the fewest allowed by Sacramento this season. Phoenix was limited to 40 by the Kings on Dec. 4. … The Kings have led by 30 points or more in three games this season.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Play at Phoenix on Monday.

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Clippers Beat Bulls 128-121

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third quarter has been a problem for the Los Angeles Clippers since the All-Star break.

Doc Rivers loved how they handled that period this time, even though he was gone by the end of it.

The Clippers trailed the Chicago Bulls by six at halftime but had their highest-scoring output in a quarter this season as they rallied for a 128-121 victory on Friday night. Los Angeles scored 45 points in the third, when Rivers and Chicago coach Jim Boylen were ejected for arguing .

“I like the way we responded,” Rivers said. “We didn’t play well in the first half but we were terrific in the third. That starting group really set the tone which was great.”

The Clippers trailed 63-57 at halftime, but took control in the third to go up 102-84 going into the fourth. Los Angeles shot 40.8 percent from the field in the first half but was 16 of 24 in the third quarter and 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. The Clippers also had six steals and forced seven turnovers.

It was only the fourth time in 11 games since the All-Star break that the Clippers have outscored an opponent in the third. They came into the game averaging only 26.9 points and allowing 31.6.

Danilo Gallinari scored 12 of his 27 points in the quarter and Landry Shamet made three 3s. Los Angeles opened the quarter with a 19-4 run and the lead reached 18 shortly before Rivers and Boylen were kicked out when they began arguing with 1:10 remaining after Boylen felt Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell was too aggressive on an offensive foul.

Referee Jason Phillips said in a pool report that both coaches were assessed a technical for arguing and received a second for continuing.

Harrell added 26 points and Lou Williams 18 for the Clippers, who have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 12.

“The energy on defense wasn’t there in the first half, so we picked it up on that end in the second half. That carry-over showed,” Shamet said. “We were better offensively, shared the ball more, and got out on transition more. It started on the defensive end.”

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 31 points and Robin Lopez added 22. The Bulls have dropped four straight.

“We just got a little sloppy and careless in the third quarter. We played 24-26 minutes of real good basketball and we have to play 48,” Boylen said.

The first half was a see-saw affair as it was tied 10 times and there were 22 lead changes. Chicago led by as many as seven late in the first quarter as LaVine and Lopez each scored 10 points.

Los Angeles trailed 35-31 early in the second quarter before scoring eight straight points to take its largest lead of the half. Chicago rallied to take a six-point lead at halftime.

TIP-INS

Bulls: LaVine had his 46th game scoring 20 or more points this season. It is the fifth-highest single-season total by a Chicago player in the last 20 years.

Clippers: Shamet scored nine points and was 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. He continues to lead NBA rookies in 3s made (140) and 3-point percentage (42.2 percent).

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Sacramento on Sunday. The Kings have won the last three.

Clippers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Clippers have won the last three.

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James Scores 36 Points In Lakers’ 123-107 Win Over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to get off a shot between Wayne Selden #14 and Ryan Arcidiacono #51 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race. He took over after the Lakers’ 14-point lead was cut to four with 8:38 left, making a jumper and then on the next possession going through the lane for a thunderous dunk.

James didn’t stop there, hitting a 3-pointer over 7-footer Robin Lopez and capping it off when Josh Hart passed the ball off the backboard to James, who finished with a reverse dunk to put the Lakers up 115-101 with 5 minutes remaining.

Kyle Kuzma added 21 points after missing two games with an ankle injury. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points off the bench for the Lakers, who outscored the Bulls 43-24 in the third quarter.

Lopez had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr. finished with 19 for the Bulls.

With Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram ruled out for the season, James put on a show at United Center like he did so many times as a member of the Cavaliers and Heat.

The Bulls outscored the Lakers 11-1 after he checked out in the first quarter to lead 34-16 at the end of the period.

The Bulls led 60-55 at the half. Ryan Arcidiacono and Lopez led Chicago with 12 apiece. James finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in the half and Caldwell-Pope added 11 points.

James continued the momentum in the third quarter. He scored the first six points for Los Angeles, including a breakaway reverse dunk from Kuzma. The Lakers took a 66-64 lead when James found Kuzma for a layup with 8:49 in the third quarter. Kuzma, who scored 12 points in the period, made a 3 to ignite a 16-0 run late in the quarter. Rajon Rondo buried a 3 to give the Lakers a 98-84 lead going to the fourth.

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Bulls’ First Female Coach Stacks Up Just Fine In The NBA

CHICAGO (CBS) — Karen Stack Umlauf has been with the Bulls organization since Michael Jordan’s rookie season.

But, now she has a more hands-on roll with the team after moving from the front office to the coaching staff. As CBS 2’s Megan Mawicke reports, the basketball junkie stacks up just fine with the men.

“I can’t tell you how fun it is. I wake up every day and look forward to coming to the office every day, or I should say court,” said Bulls assistant coach Karen Stack Umlauf.

Over three decades working for the Chicago Bulls, Karen Stack-Umlauf’s new office is on the court. This season, she became the first female coach in Chicago Bulls history.

“I feel so privileged, the Bulls have been my life,” she said.

The majority of her time with the Bulls, Karen worked for Jerry Krause on the administrative side. Then in 2017, she lobbied Bulls Head of Basketball Operations John Paxson to give her a shot at coaching. She now balances her role of Director of Team Operations along with Assistant Coach.

“I think a lot of them (players) like having a female around,” she said. “I am their mom’s age or a bit older. They realize in basketball it is no different, male or female. I bring a different dimension.”

A mother of two teenage daughters, she played at Northwestern University, then a brief professional career. Her responsibilities are game preps, scouting games and works with assigned players at practice and before games.

“You never know the demands of it until you are in the middle of it and watching everyone. I thought I knew about basketball, but you really don’t know too much until you’re sitting in those meetings and seeing how prepared and how they’ve been doing it. I have a lot to learn,” said Stack-Umlauf.

“If we can get away from female, male, whatever. She’s a basketball person. She’s a basketball coach with a big heart and a big IQ for basketball and the ability to teach,” said Bulls head coach Jim Boylen.

“My ultimate goal is first to be a really good assistant coach and see what can happen from there.”

Griffin Scores 28, Pistons Top Bulls For 5th Straight Win

CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin had bags of ice on each of his knees, and he soaked his feet in a tub of ice water. Andre Drummond also had bags of ice on each knee.

Detroit coach Dwane Casey said he was looking for fighters down the stretch, and his two biggest stars answered the call.

Griffin scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter after he felt a pinch in his lower right leg, and the Pistons rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 112-104 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

“I thought that fourth quarter showed what we are made of,” Casey said.

Chicago Bulls guard Wayne Selden (14) looks to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drummond finished with 20 points and 24 rebounds after playing the entire second half of Detroit’s ninth victory in its last 10 games against Chicago. Reggie Jackson scored 21 points, and reserve Langston Galloway finished with 15.

Griffin missed much of the third quarter after he tweaked something in his leg early in the second half. But he returned for the start of the fourth and went 7 for 10 from the field in the period, helping Detroit (33-31) improve to 11-2 in its last 13 games.

“I felt fine coming back out there,” he said. “Tested it in the hallway and they gave me the green light and felt fine that fourth quarter. So no issues really for me.”

Zach LaVine scored 24 points for Chicago (19-48), which led by as many as 21 in the first half. Otto Porter Jr. had 23 points and eight assists, and Lauri Markkanen finished with 18 points.

Markkanen’s layup tied it at 88 with 7:06 left, but Detroit responded with a 10-0 run. Griffin made a layup and Drummond scored on a floater to make it 98-88 with 4:50 remaining.

“I’m hoping this is a learning moment,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “We played about as well in the first half as you can play. … We came out in that third quarter and I thought our energy was poor.”

It was the first half of a rare home-and-home set between the Central Division rivals. The Pistons host the Bulls on Sunday.

Chicago got off to a fast start with a 21-2 run in the second quarter that featured an impressive offensive sequence by Porter. The versatile forward made two foul shots and a pullup jumper before finding Shaquille Harrison for a layup. He then scored six straight points, converting a layup and two jumpers.

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) drives on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LaVine added two more layups to make it 53-37 with 4:50 left in the first half. The Bulls shot 65 percent (28 for 43) on their way to a 66-49 lead at the break.

“It’s frustrating but we need to stick together and try to look at the positives,” Markkanen said. “We did have a really good first half and we can build on that.”

GETTING IT DONE

The 6-foot-11 Drummond went 9 for 15 from the field in his 17th straight double-double — the longest active streak in the NBA. He also blocked two shots and grabbed three steals.

“He played the entire second half because we were searching for that intensity,” Casey said. “He protected the rim. He got in there, he rebounded some tough rebounds and got some buckets for us down the stretch.”

TIP-INS

Pistons: Led by Griffin, the Pistons went 16 for 21 from the field while outscoring the Bulls 43-24 in the fourth. … Luke Kennard scored 14 points. … Galloway went 3 for 3 from 3-point range.

Bulls: F Chandler Hutchison (right toe) had a follow-up scan on his foot this week that showed “good bone healing,” according to trainer Jeff Tanaka. The No. 22 pick in last year’s draft hasn’t played since Jan. 25, and could miss the rest of the season. Tanaka said Hutchison will get another scan in two weeks.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Go right back on the road after Sunday’s game against Chicago, visiting the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Bulls: After their trip to Detroit, the Bulls return home to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

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