The Chicago Bulls fell to the Dallas Mavericks 115-109 on Monday night in Dallas. The Bulls are still searching for their first win and are now 0-3 on the season.
The Bull’s were more efficient tonight shooting a higher percentage from the floor (51.3% to 43%).
It was a fast-paced game where the Mavericks exposed our transition defense. Luka Doncic‘s presence was too much for the Bulls to handle down the stretch. Luka finished with 19 points and a team-high six assists. He just might be the real deal.
Wendell looked uncomfortable handling Jordan and was hesitant to put up shots in the post. This is Carter’s third straight game playing talented big men (Embiid, Drummond, Jordan). This early experience will only help his development as the season progresses.
Zach LaVine continued his hot start and led all scorers with 34 points. He made his first seven shots and was a perfect 6-6 in the first half. He was highly efficient from the field shooting 11-15.
Kris Dunn returned for his first game of the year and to the starting lineup after the birth of his child. His seven assists were a game-high but his night was done early as he fouled out of the game. However, he held Dennis Smith Jr. to just seven points on 2-11 shooting.
Turnovers made the difference in the game where the Bulls had 19 which led to the Mavericks converting 27 points. Our backcourt had a combined 11 turnovers which is unacceptable. The Bulls need to eliminate easy points to help take pressure off their lack-luster defense.
Through the first three quarters, no team could take a lead larger than five. In the fourth, it all changed. The Mavericks took advantage of the Bulls cold start and came out firing where they ultimately were up by as much as 14.
On a brighter note, Jabari Parker posted his first 20 point game of the young season. He scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half but he looked much more comfortable tonight shooting from the perimeter.
It doesn’t get any easier for this young Bulls team as they take on the Charlotte Hornets at home Wednesday night.
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