Figures, take the weekend off from the Bulls and they win two straight games, on a back-to-back no less. Tonight it was a 104-12 victory over the visiting New York Knicks.
Looks like...more solid performances from Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, so that’s good! Dunn had 17 points on 6-11 shooting, 9 assists to 3 turnovers. Markkanen’s line is a little thin but he had more points than shot attempts, which means better than his slump.
The big performances came from the bench, with returning players Nikola Mirotic and David Nwaba with 19 and 15 apiece. Upon a cursory glance it seems like a big deal that Mirotic and Nwaba getting minutes: it simply means fewer minutes for the terrible players, and that can make the Bulls overall slightly less terrible.
The Bulls are actually kind of fun to watch! pic.twitter.com/YQxN3xWMOu— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) December 10, 2017
Late-game execution was an issue again, and we can get right to that. The Bulls gave up a 10-0 run in the final couple minutes to let New York tie the game.
Porzingis ties it at 102 pic.twitter.com/Jg9AqWsdwB— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) December 10, 2017
Dunn took the last possession for the Bulls and drew (a somewhat questionable) foul with a couple seconds left and hit both free throws. Kristaps Porzingis (23 points but on 25 field goal attempts) missed this potential game-winner at the buzzer.
Porzingis got a great look for the win, just missed it. pic.twitter.com/9HhtLZxDFs— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) December 10, 2017
That was Porzingis’s 6th miss from three, and his Knicks went 29% overall from beyond the arc. They also only shot 9 free throws the whole game, while the Bulls earned 23 trips to the line only to shoot a gastly 56.5% form there.
The Bulls will look to make it three in a row as they host the Boston Celtics on Monday. You may not think they have much of a chance in that one, but keep in mind there will be a Fred Hoiberg film session in there somewhere, and those get results!