Bulls hold off Magic

LaVine breaks tie with late dunk

Global Times - - Sports -

Zach LaVine scored 18 points but his big­gest con­tri­bu­tions came late in the game as the Chicago Bulls eased past the Or­lando Magic 105-101 on Mon­day.

LaVine busted loose for a thun­der­ous go-ahead dunk to break a 101-101 tie then iced the win with two free throws for the Bulls, who won de­spite blow­ing an 18-point lead in the fourth quar­ter.

Lauri Markka­nen de­liv­ered 21 points as Chicago won their se­cond straight af­ter los­ing seven in a row.

LaVine stole Jonathon Sim­mons’ in­bounds pass with 15 sec­onds left and fin­ished with a slam. He added the free throws af­ter Mario He­zonja missed a three-pointer.

“I was try­ing to be ag­gres­sive on the in­bounds,” LaVine said. “I wasn’t try­ing to ob­vi­ously go for a steal and be able to get out of po­si­tion, but it opened up like it did.”

Bobby Por­tis added 19 points and seven re­bounds, and Je­rian Grant had 14 points and seven as­sists in the win.

He­zonja led Or­lando with 24 points and Evan Fournier scored 22.

The Bulls ap­peared to be headed to vic­tory af­ter go­ing on an 11-0 run that gave them a 93-75 lead with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

But the Magic didn’t give up as He­zonja nailed a three-pointer with just over three min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion to give them a two-point lead (98-96).

Por­tis later tied it 101-101 by hit­ting a shot from beyond the arc with 2:29 left, set­ting the stage for LaVine’s fi­nal minute hero­ics.

In Salt Lake City, Dono­van Mitchell hit the go-ahead pull-up jumper with 39 sec­onds left as the Utah Jazz stretched their league-best win­ning streak to 10 games with a 101-99 vic­tory over the San An­to­nio Spurs.

Mitchell, who fin­ished with 25 points, hit a pair of go-ahead bas­kets and a free throw to give the Jazz the lead in the fi­nal minute.

Joe In­gles fin­ished with 20 points, seven re­bounds and five as­sists for the Jazz who had to rally from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter. Der­rick Fa­vors tal­lied 19 points and eight re­bounds.

Pau Ga­sol scored 15 points and grabbed 15 re­bounds and Kyle An­der­son de­liv­ered 16 points and for the Spurs, who lost to Utah for the third time this sea­son.

Photo: IC

Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls dunks af­ter steal­ing an in­bounds pass near the end of the game against the Or­lando Magic on Mon­day in Chicago.

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