Bulls Lose to the Mavs at the Buzzer on Monday Night
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls entered the week back at the .500 mark for the season after a pair of victories this weekend over the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bulls were looking at the most pleasant slate of opponents for the week, that they have seen all month, with bouts with the Mavericks, Hawks (the exception), Kings, and Magic coming up.
In the last meeting with the Dallas Mavericks this season, the Bulls were blown out by the Mavs’ in Dallas, with Jimmy Butler leading the way with 26 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. On Tuesday night in the rematch with the Mavs at the United Center in Chicago, the Bulls would fall to the Mavericks once again, this time at the buzzer.
The two teams traded clutch shots late, with Wesley Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, Doug McDermott, and Jimmy Butler all joining in on the fun down the stretch in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.
With 22.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter Butler hit a jumper, to give the Bulls a 98-96 lead, but his former Marquette University teammate Wesley Matthews would erase that lead on the other end, hitting a three-pointer with 11.7 seconds left, giving the Mavericks a 99-98 lead. In the final possession of the game, Butler had the ball on the wing, behind the three-point arc, but was pressured, and fed the ball to Dwyane Wade who was in the corner beyond the arc.
Wade would have the ball punched out before regaining possession and putting up a jumper for the win, that would fall short off the left side of the rim, giving Dallas the 99-98 win, and a sweep in the season series.
Dwyane Wade, on his birthday, couldn’t hit the game winning jump-shot but would still contribute 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists on the evening. Jimmy Butler of course would lead the way on the evening, scoring 24 points while adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, and a steal on the defensive end.
Despite the loss, the Bulls continued to look like they are beginning to find a consistent rotation that could provide Butler some help moving forward. Robin Lopez added 21 points and five rebounds, while Michael Carter-Williams contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and a lone assist on Tuesday night.
The Bulls will head to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, and you can check out my preview of the game, as well as an Atlanta insight from Thomas Jenkins of Peachtree Hoops right here.
Blackhawks Win a Wild One Over the Avalanche in Denver
DENVER – The Blackhawks stumbled into the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, reeling from a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals, and a tough one-goal home ice loss to the Minnesota Wild this past weekend, looking to right the ship against the lowly Avalanche.
The Blackhawks would do just that, in a wild back and forth frenzy of goals between the two teams. Recently recalled forward Nick Schmaltz would start the scoring early, on an unassisted goal just two minutes-and change into the game. Schmaltz would later add an assist as well in his second game back from a stint in Rockford.
The game would end up being a 4-3 Avalanche advantage in the third period, before Blackhawks rookie Vinnie Hinostroza took over. Hinostroza would score the equalizer on a breakaway at the 5:10 mark in the third period.
Minutes later Hinostroza would put the Blackhawks up for good, giving them a 5-4 lead at the 8:11 mark in the third period after he stuffed a Tanner Kero rebound past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov.
“We came out in the third and everyone was flying,” said Hinostroza, who has six goals. “I got a bounce there on the breakaway and I was trying to use my speed and luckily it went in.”
Hinostroza played the hero role for the Hawks’ on Tuesday night, when the team was in danger of dropping their third game in a row, and the local kid embraced the moment on Tuesday night, “It feels good, especially after the two losses we just had,” Hinostroza said. “To come in here and come from behind and win, and the younger guys to chip in, it’s nice.”
The Blackhawks third and fourth lines stepped up in a big way, scoring all six goals on the evening, with Hinostroza, and Kero each scoring a pair of goals and Nick Schmaltz and Brent Seabrook each adding a goal on the night.
The Blackhawks moved to 28-14-5 on the campaign with the victory on Tuesday night over Colorado, and will take on the Boston Bruins on Saturday night in Boston at the TD Garden. Take a look at the Blackhawks Weekly Preview for a look ahead at the Bruins, Hawks match-up, complete with insight from a Bruins point of view, courtesy of Andrew Thompson of Causeway Crowd.