The Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 118-113 on Tuesday night. Andre Drummond set season highs of 24 points and 25 rebounds in his first start of the season, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Bulls were able to partly chill down Trae Young.
Following a string of seven straight games in which he scored at least 30 points and dished out at least 10 assists, Young concluded with 21 points and 13 assists, tying Oscar Robertson’s championship record.
As a result of irritation in his right foot, Zach LaVine was unable to play for the Bulls, but they still managed to win for the ninth time in thirteen games. And they were able to accomplish this despite the fact that center Nikola Vucevic was unable to play due to bruises that occurred around his left hip and groin.
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In the fourth quarter, DeRozan scored 11 points, including four in the final 26 seconds, which contributed to Chicago’s victory and helped them come away with the victory.
Although Vucevic was out of action, Drummond was able to make 11 of 13 shots and play for 39 minutes. 19 points were scored by both Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu.
White was unsuccessful in all seven of his three-point attempts, and the Bulls were only seven of twenty-five from beyond the arc, but they were able to make enough shots to recover from their defeat to Cleveland on Saturday, which was plagued by injuries.
Atlanta was led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, who scored 22 points. Following a streak of five consecutive games in which he scored 20 or more points, Dejounte Murray finished with 17 points, and the Hawks suffered their third consecutive loss.
When Alex Caruso made a three-point shot with just under four minutes left on the clock, the score was tied at 106-all. The Bulls took the lead with a 14-footer from DeRozan with 1:42 left on the clock, bringing their score to 111-110.
Following that, Murray was summoned for a charge. White missed a three-point shot, and Caruso came away with a steal, but he also missed a three-point shot and a layup when they had the opportunity to make it a two-possession game.
Young then converted a free throw with 43 seconds left on the clock, bringing the score to 113-111 in favor of the team. DeRozan, however, turned for a finger roll that increased Chicago’s lead to four with twenty-six seconds remaining, and the Bulls continued to hold on from that point on.
To add insult to injury, Vucevic is joining LaVine on the sidelines, which means that Chicago could be without two vital players for at least a short period of time.
The length of time that Vucevic will be sidelined was unknown to Coach Billy Donovan. MRI was performed on Tuesday for the two-time All-Star player.
During the Bulls’ game against the Cavaliers on Saturday, Vucevic sustained an injury while attempting to defend a dunk that was made by Max Strus of Cleveland. A blow to the crotch region was delivered by Strus’ right knee to Vucevic.
This is the first game of the season that Vucevic, who has a 16.7 point and 10.4 rebound average, did not play in. During the previous season, he participated in each of the 82 games.
While everything was going on, LaVine began conducting some minor trimming on Tuesday evening.