It was the first game after the All-Star break for both the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls managed to win the game 128-121 in overtime.
Also these where two of the teams that actually made deals at the trade deadline. The Bulls sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Anthony Morrow, Cameron Payne and Joffery Lauvergne and a 2018 2nd round draft pick. Phoenix made two moves at the trade deadline. First they sent P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors for Jared Sullinger and 2017 and 2018 2nd round draft picks. Then the Suns sent a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Scott, the rights to Cenk Akyol and cash considerations. The three players the Bulls acquired where unavailable for the game while Phoenix waived both Scott and Sullinger after acquiring them.
Phoenix was able to build a 9 point lead at 19-10, but the Bulls scored 9 nine points in a row to tie the game at 19 all. Phoenix was able to push the lead back to 4 points at 25-21 with just :29 seconds left to play in the quarter. Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine was able to hit a 3-pointer with :16 seconds left to cut the Phoenix lead to 1 point at 25-24 after one quarter.
The 2nd quarter was an evenly played quarter as the Suns built the biggest lead of the quarter with 6:26 left to play at 40-34. The Bulls then scored the next 7 points in the game as well as 9 of the next 11 points in the game to take there first lead. The lead didn’t last long as the Suns went on a 11 to 4 run to build a 53-47 lead with just 1:09 left in the quarter. The Bulls scored 5 of the quarters final 6 points as they cut the Phoenix lead to 2 points at 54-52 going into halftime.
The Suns started the 3rd quarter on a 7 to 1 run to take an early 8 point lead at 61-53. After T.J. Warren scored with 6:11 left in the quarter the Suns had there first double digit lead of the game at 70-59. Phoenix pushed the lead to 13 points at 76-63 before the Bulls started to get back into the game. Chicago went on a big 16 to 2 run to take the lead at 79-78 with :49 seconds left in the quarter. After the teams traded some free throws the Bulls took a 80-79 lead headed into the final quarter.
The 4th quarter stared off with the game being tied one time and the teams swapping the lead three different times. Phoenix final took some control of the game and with 4:31 left to play the Suns had a 11 point lead at 102-91. Phoenix held the lead until there where :48 seconds left when Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 106 all. Phoenix had the basketball and a chance to win it, but an Eric Bledsoe turnover gave the ball back to the Bulls with :31 seconds left in the game. Butler then hit a jumper with :11 seconds left in the game and it looked like the Bulls would pull out a win in regulation. After a Phoenix timeout Devin Booker had the ball with the clock running down and a chance to win the game. Booker’s 3-pointer missed, but Dwayne Wade was called for a foul that he didn’t look like he committed, but Booker went to the free throw line with a chance to win it for the Suns. Booker hit his first two free throws, but missed the third one and the game was headed to overtime tie at 108.
The Bulls got out quick in overtime taking a 6 point lead at 116-110. Phoenix was able to cut the Bulls lead to 3 points at 118-115, but that was as close as they could get in the overtime period. The Bulls ended up tying a franchise record by scoring 20 points in the overtime period as they pulled away for a 128-121 victory.
Dwayne Wade was the Bulls leading scorer with 23 points while Jimmy Butler added 22 points. Nikola Mirotic came off the Bulls bench to score 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to tie for the game lead. Robin Lopez scored 19 points and Denzel Valentine added 15 points off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Butler tied for the team lead in assists with 9.
Devin Booker was the Suns and the games leading scorer with 27 points. Marquese Chriss, T.J. Warren and Eric Bledsoe all scored 17 points in the game. Warren also grabbed 8 rebounds to tie for the game high while Bledsoe handed out a game high 10 assists. Alan Williams came off the Suns bench to score 16 points.
The win got the Bulls back to .500 at 29-29. This was the first game of a back to back for the Bulls as they’ll take the court tonight in Cleveland against the Eastern Conference leading Cavaliers who are 40-16 on the season. The loss give Phoenix the worst record in the Western Conference at 18-40. The Suns get a day off before they head to Milwaukee to face the 25-31 Bucks on Sunday afternoon.