Rout stops Bulls’ slump

Chicago romps past Detroit to end three-game slide.

The Times-Tribune - - Sports -

CHICAGO — Jimmy But­ler scored 19 points, Ra­jon Rondo had 10 points, 14 as­sists and eight re­bounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pis­tons, 113-82, on Mon­day night to snap a three-game los­ing streak.

Taj Gibson added 16 points, Robin Lopez had 14 and Dwyane Wade, Doug McDer­mott and Nikola Mirotic had 13 apiece for Chicago, which had lost six of eight.

Jon Leuer scored 16 points for the Pis­tons, who have dropped three straight and four of five.

Af­ter scor­ing just 69 points in a 26-point loss on Fri­day, the Bulls busted out for 69 points in the first two quar­ters, their best for any half this sea­son.

Chicago, which en­tered tied for sixth-worst in the NBA with a .436 field-goal per­cent­age, made 17 of 21 shots (81 per­cent) in tak­ing a 35-19 lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

The Bulls had 15 as­sists on their 17 first-half field goals, with Rondo (seven) and But­ler (six) lead­ing the way.

The Bulls still were shoot­ing a blis­ter­ing 72.7 per­cent at half­time — they led, 69-34, — and even man­aged to knock down 4 of 6 3-point­ers, which had been a prob­lem dur­ing their re­cent strug­gles.

The lead was 97-63 en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter, and the Pis­tons of­fered lit­tle re­sis­tance from there. None of the Chicago starters played in the fourth.

Tim­ber­wolves 115, Suns 108 At Minneapoli­s, Karl An­thony Towns had 28 points and 15 re­bounds, and Min­nesota beat Phoenix.

An­drew Wig­gins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Tim­ber­wolves. Ricky Ru­bio had 12 as­sists and Min­nesota picked up its first win at home since Nov. 17.

Eric Bled­soe scored 27 points for the Suns, who have lost three straight and four out of five. Bran­don Knight had 21 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 18 on 6-for-15 shoot­ing for Phoenix.

The Suns came into the game sec­ond in the league in pace, sec­ond in fast-break points and third in points off turnovers. And the Wolves are the first team in his­tory to have three 21-year-olds av­er­ag­ing at least 20 points per game.

Pac­ers 107, Wizards 105 At In­di­anapo­lis, Thad­deus Young made a run­ner with 0.9 sec­onds left to give In­di­ana a vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton.

Paul Ge­orge scored 27 points and Jeff Teague had 23, but the Pac­ers needed the last of Young’s 12 points af­ter the Wizards scored seven straight to tie it.

With 4.6 sec­onds re­main­ing, Young took the in­bound pass at the top of the key, squared up his de­fender, Marki­eff Mor­ris, then drove and put up his run­ner from the left side.

Bradley Beal missed a po­ten­tial win­ning 3-pointer at the buzzer and fin­ished with 22 points.

Marcin Gor­tat fin­ished with 21 points and 13 re­bounds, John Wall added 19 points and 10 as­sists, and Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points and grabbed nine re­bounds.

Hawks 110, Thun­der 108 At Ok­la­homa City, Paul Mill­sap hit the go-ahead 10-footer with 12.7 sec­onds left, and Atlanta over­came Rus­sell West­brook’s 46 points to beat the Thun­der.

Af­ter Mill­sap’s shot, Thun­der cen­ter Steven Adams re­bounded a missed 3-pointer by West­brook and dunked it, but a re­view de­ter­mined that the bas­ket came just af­ter time ex­pired.

West­brook, the NBA’s lead­ing scorer with more than 30 points per game, also had 11 re­bounds and seven as­sists.

Den­nis Schroder scored 31 points and Mill­sap added a sea­son-high 30 for the Hawks, who won de­spite cen­ter Dwight Howard miss­ing the game with tight­ness in his lower back.

Jerami Grant scored a sea­son-high 15 points, and An­dre Rober­son matched a sea­son high with 14 points for the Thun­der.


Rus­sell West­brook of the Thun­der goes up for a shot ahead of the Hawks’ Thabo Se­folosha dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter Mon­day. The Hawks won, 110-108, de­spite West­brook scor­ing 46 points.

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