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The Morning Loop: Bulls Snap Losing Streak, Blackhawks Return to Action

The Morning Loop is a one-stop-shop for all of your Chicago sports teams, with news and notes about last night’s action as well as what’s on tap for the day across the Chicago sports landscape.

This is your Morning Loop for December 27, 2016:

Bulls snap losing streak with win over Pacers

The Bulls snapped a three game losing streak against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at the United Center, just over 24 hours after a Christmas Day loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Nikola Mirotic, who scored a season-high 20 points, led the way along with Bulls veteran Dwyane Wade who scored 21 on the evening. Mirotic sank a clutch jumper with less than a minute remaining, and Wade clinched the win with a steal followed by a fast-break dunk, in which he emphatically swung on the rim as he stared down the pack of pursuing Pacers defenders.

For just the second time in the last 17 games the Bulls outscored their opponent in the fourth quarter, and led the Pacers in fast-break points, and second chance points, despite being out-shot by the Pacers 42 percent to 38 percent from the field.

Jimmy Butler added 16 points on the evening, and both Taj Gibson and Jerian Grant added 10 points, giving the Bulls five different players with double digit point totals on Monday night.

The Bulls (15-16) will host the Brooklyn Nets (8-22) on Wednesday evening at the United Center. Tip-off is at 7:00 PM (CT) and you can follow the action on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WLS-890AM (Radio).

Blackhawks return to action on Monday night versus the Winnipeg Jets

After having three nights off during the holiday weekend the Blackhawks (22-9-5) will play host to their Central Division foe, the Winnipeg Jets (16-17-3) this evening at the United Center.

The Blackhawks are the best team in the Western Conference, but haven’t looked like it in their previous match-ups with the Jets this season. The Blackhawks are win-less in two attempts thus far in the 2016-2017 season versus the Jets, falling to the Jets 4-0 on November 15, and again on December 4 by a score of 2-1.

Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks for his second game back from his three week absence, and will look to build off of a solid performance in his return on Friday night.

In case you missed it yesterday, we took an early look at the Blackhawks looming salary cap questions that they will face this summer, and how they can keep Artemi Panarin and Scott Darling with one simple move.

Puck-drop is at 7:30 PM (CT) tonight, you can catch the action on CSN-Chicago (TV), WGN-720AM (Radio), and NHL.TV as the night’s free game on the streaming service.

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The Chicago Cubs won it all in 2016, but other than the Cubs 2016 was not a particularly great year for Chicago sports teams, take a look at our rankings of the most disappointing 2016 campaigns across the Chicago sports landscape.

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