Markka­nen's layup lifts Bulls over OKC 114-112

Tulsa World - - Sports - By An­drew Seligman

CHICAGO — Lauri Markka­nen scored 24 points and drove for the go-ahead layup in the closing sec­onds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-112 vic­tory over Ok­la­homa City on Fri­day and their first win un­der coach Jim Boylen.

The Thun­der's Rus­sell West­brook had just hit a ty­ing layup when Markka­nen beat Paul Ge­orge and banked in a layup over the out­stretched arm of Steven Adams, mak­ing it 114-112 with 4.9 sec­onds left.

Ge­orge's 3-pointer from the top of the key then ric­o­cheted off the rim, and the Bulls came away with the win af­ter drop­ping seven in a row.

They also gave Boylen some­thing to cel­e­brate in a dif­fi­cult week. The long­time NBA as­sis­tant took over Mon­day when Fred Hoiberg was fired fol­low­ing a 5-19 start, and the Bulls lost the fol­low­ing night at In­di­ana in his de­but.

Markka­nen hit four 3-point­ers in his third game back af­ter miss­ing the first 23 be­cause of a sprained left el­bow.

Zach LaVine scored 25 points. Justin Hol­i­day scored 20, go­ing 4-of-6 from be­yond the arc, and Jabari Parker fin­ished with 16 points.

West­brook had 24 points, 17 re­bounds and 13 as­sists in his 109th triple-dou­ble, though he also turned the ball over 10 times. Adams fin­ished with 21 points and 10 re­bounds. Ge­orge and Den­nis Schroder each scored 19, but the Thun­der's four-game win streak came to an end.

The Thun­der outscored Chicago 29-17 in the third quar­ter Ok­la­homa City Chicago 28 34 34 36 29 17 21 27 — — 112 114

Per­cent­ages: FG .457, FT .667. 3-point goals:

10-28, .357 (Grant 3-4, West­brook 2-6, Ge­orge 2-9, Fer­gu­son 1-1, Schroder 1-3, Abrines 1-4, Patterson 0-1). Team Re­bounds: 9. Team turnovers: 22. Blocks: 6 (Noel 3, Grant 2, Adams). Turnovers: 22 (West­brook 10, Adams 4, Ge­orge 3, Abrines, Diallo, Grant, Noel, Schroder). Steals:

12 (Ge­orge 4, West­brook 4, Adams 2, Noel 2). Tech­ni­cals: None.

APer­cent­ages: FG .524, FT .696. 3-point goals: 12-25, .480 (Hol­i­day 4-6, Markka­nen 4-8, LaVine 2-5, Payne 1-1, Ar­cidi­a­cono 1-3, Lopez 0-1, Parker 0-1). Team Re­bounds: 6. Team turnovers: 20. Blocks: 6 (Carter Jr. 2, Har­ri­son 2, Markka­nen, Payne). Turnovers: 20 (LaVine 9, Carter Jr. 2, Lopez 2, Markka­nen 2, Payne 2, Ar­cidi­a­cono, Hol­i­day, Parker). Steals: 15 (Hol­i­day 3, Markka­nen 3, Ar­cidi­a­cono 2, LaVine 2, Carter Jr., Har­ri­son, Hutchi­son, Parker, Payne). Tech­ni­cals: coach Bulls (De­fen­sive three sec­ond), 3:21 first.

A: 19,842. Of­fi­cials: Mousa Dagher, Brian Forte, Pat Fra­her

Ok­la­homa City at Utah 7 p.m. Mon­day FSOK to turn a 70-62 half­time deficit into a 91-87 lead go­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

They were up 98-91 when Chicago went on a 14-2 run, with LaVine hit­ting a tiebreak­ing 3 and Markka­nen adding two free throws to make it a five-point game with 4:46 re­main­ing.

As­sists: Malone 5, Nzek­wesi 2, Lacis 2, Smith 1, Kearns 1, Saun­ders 1. Blocks: Weaver 1, Lacis 1. Turnovers: Jur­gens 3, Malone 2, Saun­ders 2, Kearns 2, Nzek­wesi 2, Smith 1, Weaver 1. Steals: Kearns 1, Jur­gens 1.

As­sists: Pin­son 4, Geist 2, Puryear 1, Til­mon 1, Pick­ett 1, Mi. Smith 1. Blocks: Pick­ett 2, Nikko 1. Turnovers: Geist 2, Til­mon 2, San­tos 2, Nikko 1, Puryear 1, Ma. Smith 1, Yerkes 1. Steals: Pick­ett 1, Geist 1, San­tos 1.

ORU 26 38 — 64 Mis­souri 33 47 — 80

Att.: 9,813. Tech­ni­cals: Miller, ORU; Til­mon, MU.

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