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Bulls: Mavericks Trounce Bulls 118-71 in a Reminder of What’s to Come this Season

DALLAS — The Chicago Bulls were back in action on Wednesday night after finding a way to squeak out a close victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday evening. Unfortunately “victory” and “close” were two words that the Bulls were not able to relate to in their second tilt on the preseason slate this evening in Dallas as Chicago fell big to the Mavericks.

The Bulls shot a dismal 34 percent from the field and an equally poor 24 percent from beyond the three-point line as they were blown out on the road by a whopping 47 points.

Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Quincy Pondexter, Cameron Payne and Bronson Koenig all missed Wednesday night’s game with varying injuries.

The Bulls were outplayed early and often by the Mavericks who outscored the Bulls in all four quarters on Wednesday night, including a lopsided fourth quarter that saw the Mavs’ outscore the Bulls 44-11 to complete the 118-71 rout. The Mavericks had five different players with double-digit scoring totals including Harrison Barnes who scored 17 in 26 minutes of action.

Only Paul Zipser and Robin Lopez of the Bulls finished with double-digit scoring totals, with both scoring 12 points each on the evening. All 15 Bulls who played on Wednesday night finished with negative plus/minus totals, and the Bulls bench mustered up only 28 points.

Bobby Portis, who looked lost on Tuesday evening, scored nine points on four of 10 shooting from the field while logging only five rebounds. Again Jerian Grant looked superior over Kris Dunn in what has become an open competition for the starting point guard position. Grant scored five points and recorded five assists and three rebounds.

Kris Dunn, one of the returns in the Jimmy Butler trade on draft night, scored only two points in 20 minutes of play while recording six assists and four rebounds. Dunn shot a dismal one of nine from the field on Wednesday night.

Wednesday night’s thorough beat down in Dallas was a painful reminder of what’s to come for Bulls fans this season, looking outclassed in every facet of the game all night long.

The Bulls are back in action on Friday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center in their third preseason game of the exhibition schedule. Lauri Markkanen is not expected to miss Friday night’s game with the back spasms that have held him out of the first two contests. The Bulls will look to find some consistency in the scoring department on Friday night with Markkanen in the lineup for the first time.

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