Coming into Tuesday night with the worst record in the NBA at 3-15 the Chicago Bulls faced Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns. Prior to the game Zach LaVine got some work in and his knee looks good, so there’s that to be excited about Bulls fans. LaVine’s impressive athleticism just nine months removed from ACL surgery seemed to highlight the night. The Bulls losing streak continued with a 104-99 loss, though you be the judge.
In the first half the Bulls came out pretty strong. They were making the extra pass and hitting enough shots to stay in the game. Kris Dunn came out of the gates aggressive. Dunn contributed nine of the Bulls first 15 points of the game. Heading into the second quarter up by one, the Bulls were clearly in the game, but struggling from the field.
Chicago’s shots weren’t falling, and Lauri Markkanen lead the pack. Markkanen went 1-9 in the first half, including 1-6 from the three-point line. Besides Kris Dunn, Justin Holiday also had a great first half. Holiday went 4-6 including 3-4 from the three-point line. Outside of Dunn and Holiday the entire Bulls lineup struggled with their shot, but were still only down by three heading into the locker room as they trailed 46-43 after two quarters.
Coming out of the half the Bulls played aggressive and seemed to want to make it a game. That quickly subsided though, and the Bulls found themselves behind by a bunch after a 14-2 run by the Suns put them down 63-49.
Devin Booker and T.J. Warren carried the Suns all night, and were a big part of that 14-2 run that gave Phoenix the momentum. Despite being down 14, the Bulls rallied back to bring the game to a three point game. Entering the fourth quarter down 73-70 the Bulls just didn’t seem to be able keep up with the outside shooting of Booker. Chicago played hard in the fourth but a late bone-headed turnover by Kris Dunn shut down any kind of chance the bulls had to win the game. Once Dunn committed the turnover the Bulls couldn’t convert anything and ended up losing 104-99.
The game was highlighted by Devin Booker’s comeback party. Struggling of late with his three point shot, he had himself quite the game. Booker ended up finishing with 33 points, going 5-9 from beyond the three-point line to go along with eight rebounds.
The Bulls were highlighted solely by Justin Holiday and Kris Dunn. Holiday went 9-15 from the floor for 25 points, including 6-9 from three point territory to go along with five assists, two steals and three blocks. Kris Dunn shot even better from three point land, going 4-5 and finishing 9-15 from the floor with 25 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Despite the loss, at least the Bulls got some hope that LaVine might be coming back sooner and healthier than expected. Next the 3-16 Chicago Bulls are off to Denver to play the Nuggets this Thursday, tip-off is set for 8:00 pm (CT).