Following a 50-point performance by guard Zach LaVine in a loss to Atlanta on Friday, the Chicago Bulls fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-117 on Sunday, April 11, on the road.
LaVine led all scorers with 30 points on Sunday and combined for 80 points total in his last two games.
“This was a great opportunity,” said LaVine via chicagobulls.com, about the tough loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, April 9.
“We’ve been playing really good. We played a really, really good half. It just sucks, man, when you have an opportunity like that to win. Obviously, I’d much rather take the win right now. I just got in a rhythm. My three finally started falling and after that, I can get to my mid-range, get to the hoop. Just got it going. We have the opportunity to go out there and establish ourselves and make our run. We had a big lead. We gave it up. That’s been our MO. We’ll lead teams and we’ll give up the lead.”
Just like Friday, the Bulls repeated the same mistakes on the floor defensively against the T-Wolves on Sunday. Their team defense allowed two, 27-point games from center Karl-Anthony Towns and guard D’Angelo Russell.
Russell, who did not start in Sunday’s game, scored a team-high 27 points off the bench. Both Russell and Towns made key three-pointers from behind the arc and combined for 54 of their team’s 121 points in the win.
The Bulls had no answer for both Towns and Russell all night long, as the two combined to make 17 of their 28 shots from the field.
The Bulls offense made a late push in the fourth quarter and scored 117 points in the loss.
Final Score: T-Wolves 121, Bulls 117.
With the loss, the Bulls are now 3-2 in their last five games and 22-30 on the season.
Chicago Crusader Players of the Game:
Karl-Anthony Towns, T-Wolves, finished with a team-high 27 points.
Zach LaVine, Bulls, scored a game-high 30 points in the loss.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.