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Jimmy Butler returned to the Chicago Bulls line up after missing the previous three games. Butler played 30 minutes, but is still listed as day to day with that bruised heel.

Even with the return of Butler to the starting line up the Bulls suffered there third loss in there last four games and there second loss in a row as the Phoenix Suns beat them 115-97 Friday night. This was the Bulls fifth game on there current six game road trip and was easily the most disappointing loss on the trip. Phoenix has the second worst record in the NBA and you would’ve thought that the Bulls would’ve been able to get by them, but not only did they lose they where beaten by 18 points.

The game was tied four different times in the 1st quarter. An 11 to 4 run gave the Bulls the biggest lead of the quarter 23-16 with 3:04 left to play. It was then the Suns turn to make a run as they finished the quarter on a 12 to 3 run taking a two point lead 28-26 after the 1st quarter.

The Bulls scored the first six points of the 2nd quarter to take the lead back early at 32-28. Phoenix worked there way back to tie the game at 37 all and then the teams where tied again at 39 all before the Suns scored six points in a row to take the lead 45-39 with 3:11 left to play. Phoenix finished the quarter on a run of 11 to 4 run to take a 56-43 lead going into halftime.

Chicago started the 3rd quarter off by scoring nine of the first 11 points in the quarter to cut the Suns lead to six points at 58-52, but that was the closest the Bulls could get in the quarter. Chicago did outscored Phoenix in the quarter 33-30. Even winning the quarter the Bulls still found themselves down double digits 86-76 heading into the final quarter.

Phoenix’s first two baskets of the 4th quarter where 3-pointers by Jared Dudley. The second one gave the Suns a 12 point lead at 92-80 with 9:11 left to play. Chicago never got closer than nine points again in the game as the Suns slowly puled away for an easy 18 point victory 115-97.

Devin Booker of the Suns was the games leading scorer with 27 points. Eric Bledsoe added 23 points and a game high 8 assists while T.J. Warren scored 16 points. Alan Williams came off the Phoenix bench to score 14 points and grab a game high 11 rebounds.

Jimmy Butler played 30 minutes in his return and led the Bulls in scoring with 20 points and also handed out a team high 6 assists. Dwayne Wade added 18 points while Robin Lopez scored 12 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Taj Gibson had 10 points while Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench to score 11 points.

The win improved Phoenix’s record to 17-37. This was the first of back to back games for the Suns as they had to head out on the road to face the 39-17 Houston Rockets Saturday night. The loss sent the Bulls back to two games under .500 at 26-28. Chicago get a day off before they finish up there road trip in Minnesota. They’ll face the 20-34 Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Bulls had won two of there first three games on there road trip. Last night they ran into what could be there biggest challenge of the season. A road game against the team with the best record in the NBA the Golden State Warriors. The Bulls came into the game very short handed as they played without there top two players Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade. Jimmy Butler missed his third straight game with a bruised heel and Dwayne Wade also sat this game out with an upper respiratory illness. As it turned out the short handed Bulls didn’t stand much of a chance as they dropped a 123-92 game to the Warriors.

With the game tied early at 11 apiece Golden State went on a 15 to 2 run to take a lead that they wouldn’t give up. The Bulls managed just 17 points in the 1st quarter as Golden State put up 30 1st quarter points to take a 13 point lead after one quarter 30-17.

The Bulls hung together with the Warriors in the 2nd quarter. Golden State did outscore the Bulls in the quarter, but just by one point 25-24. The closest the Bulls could get in the quarter was eight points when Isaiah Canaan hit a jumper with 8:15 left in the quarter to make the score 32-24. The Warriors pushed the lead right back to double digits. Draymond Green hit a lay up with :08 seconds left to send the Warriors to the locker room with a 14 point lead 55-41.

Chicago played another tough quarter in the 3rd as this time the Warriors only outscored them by two points in the quarter 31-29. Golden State took there first 20 point lead of the game when Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 10:34 left in the quarter to give Golden State a 63-43 lead. While the Bulls weren’t able to get the lead down to single digits they did cut the Warriors lead down to 11 points at 75-64 with 4:09 left in the quarter. The Warriors scored the last points of the quarter to take a 16 point lead at 86-70 after three quarters.

After playing tough on the 2nd and 3rd quarter the Bulls couldn’t stay with the Warriors in the final quarter. Golden State outscored the Bulls 37-22 in the 4th quarter to pull away for an easy victory. Golden State took a 21 point lead when Kevin Durant hit a jumper with 5:03 left in the game to make the score 106-85. Damian Jones then put the Warriors up 31 points when he hit a jumper with 2:15 left in the game to make the score 119-88. The teams managed just seven points combines in the final couple of minutes of the game, but the outcome was pretty much decided by then. Golden State ended up with a 123-92 victory.

Klay Thompson was Golden State’s and the games high scorer with 28 points. Kevin Durant scored 22 points and tied for the game high in rebounds with 10. Draymond Green had 19 points while Stephen Curry and JaVale McGee each scored 13 points. Kevon Looney came off the Warriors bench to score 10 points. Durant was also the Warriors leader in assists handing out 7 in the game.

Without there top two scorers the Bulls where led by Robin Lopez who put up a double-double with 17 points and tying for the game high in rebounds with 10. Taj Gibson just missed his own double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Jerian Grant scored 12 points while Rajon Rondo came off the Bulls bench to score 12 points and hand out a game high 8 assists. Nikola Mirotic also reached double digits off the Bulls bench with 10 points.

The loss drops the Bulls back under .500 at 26-27. They’ll continue there road trip Friday night as they face the 16-37 Phoenix Suns. It has yet to be announced if Jimmy Butler or Dwayne Wade will play in this game. With the win the Warriors improved there NBA best record to 44-8. The Warriors also play next on Friday night, but they head out on the road to face the 33-22 Memphis Grizzlies.

The Chicago Bulls played without Jimmy Butler again last night because of his bruised heel. Even without Butler the Bulls built a 27 point lead only to see the Sacramento Kings come all the way back to tie the game. The Bulls behind Dwayne Wade scoring five straight points late in the game managed to sneak out a 112-107 victory. The Bulls are now 2-1 on there six game road trip and could easily have won all three of the games. There only loss so far on the trip was in overtime to the Houston Rockets.

Sacramento managed to score just 11 points ion the 1st quarter as the Bulls built a 16 point lead with the Kings struggling. Maybe the only positive for the Kings was that they scored the last basket of the quarter when Willie Cauley-Stein hit a jumper with :11 seconds left in the quarter to get the score to 27-11.

Sacramento played much better ion the 2nd quarter and actually outscored the Bulls 34-33 in the quarter. The Kings did manage to cut the Bulls lead to 10 points on a few occasions, but could never get the lead down to single digits. This time it was the Bulls who scored the last points of the quarter. Jerian Grant was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. Grant hit all three of his free throws to give the Bulls a 60-45 lead going into halftime.

In the end the 3rd quarter ending up being a pretty evenly played quarter with the Bulls outscoring the Kings 25-24, but at one point in time the Bulls took a 27 point lead at 82-55 after Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer with 4:13 left in the quarter. Sacramento finished the quarter on a 14 to 3 run to cut the Bulls lead to 16 points at 85-69 after three quarters.

With a double digit lead it looked as though the Bulls might be able to coast to an easy road victory. Now if you’ve watched any Bulls games this season you should’ve known this wasn’t going to happen. Sacramento slowly closed in on the Bulls. Matt Barnes made two free throws to get the Kings within three at 95-92 with 5:01 left to play. The Bulls pushed the lead back to six points three different times after that, but with :30 seconds left in the game DeMarcus Cousins made a lay up to tie the game at 107 all and the Kings had made it all the way back. Dwayne Wade then took over and scored the final five points of the game to give the Bulls a 112-107 win. Wade’s last point was on a technical free throw he got after Cousins was ejected with just :01 second left in the game.

All five Chicago starters scored in double figure led by Dwayne Wade with game high 31 points. Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points while Robin Lopez added 17 points. Taj Gibson and Jerian Grant each had 13 points. Rajon Rondo led the Bulls in assists with 6 while Lopez, Carter-Williams and Wade all tied for the team lead in rebounds with 6 each.

Ty Lawson came off the Kings bench to lead them in scoring with 22 points and hand out a game high 7 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein (off the bench) added 19 points while DeMarcus Cousins scored 18 points and grabbed a game high 14 rebounds. Darren Collison scored 14 points and Kosta Koufos added 10 points.

The win gets the Bulls back to .500 at 26-26. The Bulls get a day off before they face the 43-8 Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. The loss drops Sacramento to 20-32. The Kings will also get a day off before they host the 33-18 Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

It took overtime, but the Houston Rockets where able to get past the Chicago Bulls 121-117 on Friday night. The Bulls played without Jimmy Butler; who has a bruised heel and is scheduled for an MRI to check for any damage. The Rockets built a 17 point lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Bulls came all the way back and had chances to win the game.

The Bulls built an early five point lead at 8-3, but Houston scored 10 of the next 12 points in the game to take a 13-10 lead. The teams where tied one time and traded the lead three more times in the quarter before a Rajon Rondo 3-pointer with five seconds left gave the Bulls a 26-24 lead after one quarter.

The game was tied twice early in the 2nd quarter before the Rockets started building a lead. Houston was holding a two point lead at 35-33 when they went on a 17 to 2 run to open up a 17 point lead at 52-35. The Bulls spent that final five minutes of the quarter trying to cut into the Rockets lead. The Bulls did manage to get the Houston lead down to 11 by the end of the quarter as Chicago went into halftime trailing 60-49.

Chicago started the 3rd quarter by scoring 12 of the quarters first 14 points and the Rockets lead was down to just one point at 62-61. The Rockets pushed back a little and built the lead back to four points before the Bulls actually took the lead back at 73-72. The teams swapped the lead four more times in the quarter and y the end of three quarters it was the Bulls who had a 81-79 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Biggest lead the Bulls could build in the 4th quarter was eight points and they took that lead with 4:52 left to play and it looked like Chicago might be able to pull off a big road upset. The Bulls seemed to have an answer for every Houston basket, but with 3:05 left in the game there was a terrible foul call on Michael Carter-Williams that sent James Harden to the free throw line for two shots and it seemed to change the momentum of the game. It was also Carter-Williams 6th foul of the game. Harden hit both free throws and after the Bulls did manage to score right after that the Rockets scored the final eight points of the game and the teams where headed to overtime tied at 108 apiece.

The Rockers went right to the lead in overtime scoring the first five points to take a 113-108 lead. The  Bulls worked there way back into the game and where able to tie the score at 115 all. A Dwayne Wade jumper gave the Bulls there first lead in overtime at 117-116 with 1:28 left to play. The Bulls weren’t able to score again after taking the lead and Houston was able to pull away scoring the final six points of the game to take a 121-117 victory.

James Harden led the Rockets and the game in scoring with 42 points, rebounds with 12 and assists with 9. Clint Capela had 14 points while Trevor Ariza added 10 points. Eric Gordon came off the Houston bench to score 21 points.

Michael Carter-Williams was the Bulls leading scorer getting 23 points before fouling out. Taj Gibson had 20 points while Dwayne Wade added 19 points. Doug McDermott came off the Bulls bench to score 12 points while Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser also hit double digits off the Bulls bench scoring 11 points apiece. Robin Lopez led the Bulls with 11 rebounds while Wade and Carter-Williams each handed out 6 assists to tie for the team lead.

With the win the Rockets improved to 37-17 on the season. Houston gets three days off before they host the 20-32 Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. The loss knocked Chicago back under .500 at 25-26. The Bulls are 1-1 on there current road trip and they’ll get a couple of days off before they head to Sacramento to face the 19-31 Kings on Monday night.

 

 

With the ice show taking over the Chicago Bulls home area the United Center the team headed out on a six game road trip. The first stop for the Bulls was a visit to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. The Bulls have had some issues within there own locker room, but they picked up a win in there last home game before facing Oklahoma City and they where able to extend there winning streak to a modest two games with a 128-100 win over the Thunder.

The 1st quarter was very even, but the Bulls did build a seven point lead at 14-7 with 4:35 left in the quarter. Oklahoma City finished the 1st quarter with a 13 to 7 run, but the Bulls where able to hold onto the lead at 21-20. Cristiano Felicio hit a jumper as the quarter expired to give the Bulls there one point lead.

The teams traded the lead ten different times in the quarter and the game was also tied five times. After Russell Westbrook made a free throw to finish off a three point play the Thunder took there last lead of the quarter at 42-41 with 2:43 left in the quarter. The Bulls finished the quarter on a 14 to 5 run to take a 55-47 lead at halftime.

The Bulls used a 17 to 5 run to build a 21 point lead at 72-51 with 6:41 left in the quarter. The closet the Thunder could get was 16 points after Joffery Lauvergne hit a 3-pointer to make the score 76-60. The quarter finished with the Bulls outscoring the Thunder 18 to 13 to take a 94-73 lead heading into the final quarter.

Now the Bulls blew a 20 plus point lead on January 25th and ended up losing a 119-114 to the Atlanta Hawks. Fortunately this game didn’t go that route for the Bulls and they where actually able to add to there lead in the 4th quarter. The Bulls outscored the Thunder 34 to 27 in the 4th quarter to pull away for one of there best wins of the season 128-100.

 

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls and tied for the games high scorer with 28 points. Dwayne Wade had 18 points and a team high 7 assists. Robin Lopez scored 14 points while Jerian Grant added 12 points. Cristiano Felicio and Doug McDermott each had 11 points off the Bulls bench while Taj Gibson was the games leading rebounder with 8.

Russell Westbrook with 28 points tied for the games high scorer. Westbrook also handed out a game high 8 assists. Victor Oladipo scored 12 points while Jerami Grant came off the Oklahoma City bench to score 15 points. Andre Roberson and Steven Adams tied for the team lead in rebounds with 6 each.

The win gets the Bulls back to .500 at 25-25 while the Thunder falls to 28-22 on the season. Chicago’s second game of there road trip is tomorrow night when they take on the 36-16 Houston Rockets. Oklahoma City will also get a day off before they host the 30-21 Memphis Grizzlies Friday night.

Now I don’t know if it was the allure of the NHL All-star game or maybe it was the draw of the NFL going back to the old AFC vs. NFC format in the Pro Bowl, but I missed the Chicago Bulls 121-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. I remember turning on the game right before it was scheduled to start and then for some reason I went away from it and just never found my way back to it. So instead of our normal Bulls game recap let’s just take a look at the box score and move on.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls leading scorer with 28 points. Robin Lopez added 21 points and grabbed a team high 10 rebounds. Dwayne Wade and Doug McDermott (off the bench) each scored 14 points. Paul Zipser and Nikola Mirotic each scored 13 points off the Bulls bench. Rajon Rondo led the Bulls in assists with 10.

All five 76ers starters scored in double figures led by Ersan Ilyasova with a game high 31 points. Robert Covington scored 21 points and grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Nik Stauskas scored 15 points. T.J. McConnell scored 14 points and handed out a game high 12 assists. Nerlens Noel added 12 points for the 76ers.

The win improved the Bulls record to 24-25. On Wednesday the Bulls will start a 6-game road trip against the 28-20 Oklahoma City Thunder. The loss dropped the 76ers to 17-29, but Philadelphia did pick up a 122-119 win on Monday against the Sacramento Kings to make there record 18-29. Philadelphia also plays Wednesday night as they are on the road against the 18-30 Dallas Mavericks.

Are the Chicago Bulls in trouble? On Wednesday night the Bulls had a 10 point lead over the Atlanta Hawks with 3:01 left to play in the game. The Hawks had beaten the Bulls six times coming into that game, but with a double digit lead and just a little time left it looked as though the Bulls would snap that streak. The Bulls managed just 4 points in those final three minutes while the Hawks scored 19 points to pick up there 7th straight win over the Bulls 119-114.

After a tough loss Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler both torn into there teammates about the loss. Wade (33 points) and Butler (40 points) combined to score 73 of the Bulls 114 points in the game.  Wade and Butler both made some really derogatory comments about there teammates. These comments where met by a Rajon Rondo response on Instagram. Friday night was the first game that the Bulls where going to play since all of these comments where made. How would the team play?

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg decided that Wade and Butler would start the game on the bench for the comments they made after Wednesday’s game; so Paul Zipser and Doug McDermott where in the Bulls starting line up Friday. Rondo would also come off the bench in this game, but he’s been in that role since losing his starting spot back in December. It was reported that Wade, Butler and Rondo where all fined.

So the Miami Heat came into Chicago on a 5-game winning streak to face the Bulls Friday night and the Bulls didn’t respond well. Jimmy Butler may have had the worst game of his NBA career. Butler played 33 minutes going 1 of 13 from the field while splitting a pair of free throws. Butler scored just 3 points in the game. Wade was the Bulls leading scorer in the game playing 28 minutes and scoring 15 points. Wade shot 6 of 17 from the field in the game. Out of the three Rondo was the only one who had what would be considered an average night. Rondo scored 13 points while grabbing a team high 7 rebounds as well as handing out a team high 7 assists.

When it was all said and done Miami extended it’s winning streak to six games with a 100-88 victory. With the loss the Bulls fell to two games under .500 at 23-25, but are still holding onto the 8th and what would the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are off on Saturday before they host the 17-28 Philadelphia 76ers Sunday evening. Philadelphia is just 6-13 on the road this season, but they have won 7 of there last 10 games. Can the Bulls get there ship righted? or are they destined to slide down the Eastern Conference standings and fall out of a playoff spot?

We don’t talk a lot about tennis on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but the final at this mornings Australian Open featured Venus Williams vs. Serena Williams. Venus is a 7-time grand slam winner while Serena is was tied with Steffi Graf for the most major title in women’s tennis history at 23. In the end it was Serena who broke her tie with Graf by beating her sister 6-4, 6-4 to win the Australian Open.

This was Serena’s seventh Australian Open title and second in the past three tournaments in Melbourne. She also has seven titles at Wimbledon, six at the US Open and three at the French Open. Serena is now just one major championship behind the all-time leader Margaret Court. Court won 24 titles in the Open and amateur eras. Court won 13 majors before the dawn of the Open era in 1968. Court is from Australia and was in attendance for this match up between Venus and Serena.

The men’s final of the Australian Open will be played tomorrow live at 2:00 a.m. CST at Rod Laver Arena. The men’s final features the 9th seeded Rafael Nadal against 17th seeded Roger Federer.

It’s All-Star weekend in the NHL. The All-Star game itself will be played on Sunday with a schedule start time of 2:30 p.m. CST. The NHL is using the sane format as last season. It will be set up with two divisions playing a 20-minute, 3-on-3 game before the next two divisions play in another game, The two winners will meet to play for a $1 million prize in the final, another 20-minute, 3-on-3 game. Any tie games will be decided by a shootout.

Of course the NHL also has a Skills Challenge which is tonight starting at 6:00 p.m. CST. It will feature six challenges: The Skills Challenge Relay, the Four Line Challenge, shooting accuracy, fastest skater, hardest shot and a shootout. The Skills Competition will be broken down into the four All-Star rosters by division, and each of the 44 All-Stars will participate in at least one event. The winning division will get to select which game and division it will play first in Sunday’s All-Star game.

The All-Star Skills competition will be shown on the NBC Sports Network. While the All-Star game itself will be shown on NBC. This year the NHL All-Star festivities are being held at the Staples Center. The home of the Los Angeles Kings.

Heading into the All-Star break it’s the Washington Capitals who have accumulated the most points with 70. The Minnesota Wild have picked up 69 points while the Columbus Blue Jackets have 68 points. Then there’s the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens with 65 points. Teams have played between 47 and 52 games coming into the All-Star break.

As far as individual statistics go Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is leading the NHL in points with 59. He is followed by a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins teammates as Sidney Crosby has 55 points and Evgeni Malkin has 54 points. Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks has 51 points while Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Brad Marchand of the Boston bruins are tied with 49 points. Crosby leads the NHL in goals with 28. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings have 24 goals. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs have scored 23 goals. McDavid leads the league in assists with 42 while Kane and Nicholas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals have 34 assists. Malkin and Alexander Wennberg of the Columbus Blue Jackets each have 32 assists.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets leads all goaltenders in wins with 28. Devin Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild has 27 wins. Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers has 26 wins. Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks has 25 wins while Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals have 24 wins. Dubnyk is the Goals Against Leader at 1.88 followed by Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and Holtby at 1.96. Peter Budja of the Los Angeles Kings is at 2.06 and Bobrovsky is at 2.10. Dubnyk is also the leader in save percentage at .936. Howard is behind him at .934 followed by Holtby at .930 then it’s Bobrovsky at .929 with Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders rounding out the Top 5 at .928

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The Miami Heat came into Friday nights game on a five game winning streak. While the Chicago Bulls came in the game after blowing a late double digit lead in the final three minutes of there last game. The Bulls are also dealing with the post game interviews by Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler calling out the team and then Rajon Rondo calling out Wade and Butler on Instagram. Wade and Butler where held out of the starting line up as punishment over the interview comments as Rondo continued to come off the bench. In the end it all played out with the Heat picking up their 6th straight victory 100-88 over the Bulls.

After five ties the last being at 15 all early in the 1st quarter the Heat went on a 12-0 run to take a 27-15 lead with 4:20 left in the quarter. The Bulls where able to cut into the Miami lead a little bit and when Rajon Rondo hit the final basket of the quarter the Bulls had the lead under double digits at 33-24 after one quarter.

The Bulls were able to knock a couple of more points of the Miami lead and with the score 37-30 both teams struggle to get the next basket. There where four missed shots, three turnovers, two fouls and a full timeout before Paul Zipser hit a jump shot to end the drought. The Bulls came all the way back to tie the game at 40 all and then took the lead at 45-42 when Zipser hit a 3-pointer. The game stayed close as there where four more ties including at the end of the quarter as the game went into half time tied at 53 all.

The 3rd quarter started out even between the two teams. Miami found themselves up two points at 63-61 with 7:31 to play before going on a 14 to 6 run to take a 77-67 lead with 1:00 minute left in the quarter. Neither team was able to score in the final minute of the quarter and the Bulls managed just 14 points in the 3rd quarter. So the 3rd quarter ended with Miami up 77-67.

The Bulls scored 7 of the first 10 points in the 4th quarter to cut the Miami lead to 80-74. The Heat then scored seven straight points to build a double digit lead at 87-74. The Bulls where never able to get closer than 11 points which they did on three different occasions as Miami was able to extend there winning streak to six games with a 12 point 100-88 victory.

Miami’s Goran Dragic was the games high scorer with 26 points. Dragic also handed out a game high 11 assists. Willie Reed had 20 points while Dion Waiters scored 19 points. Wayne Ellington came off the Heat bench to score 14 points. James Johnson grabbed a game high 9 rebounds for Miami.

Dwayne Wade was the Bulls leading scorer coming off the bench to score 15 points. Taj Gibson and Paul Zipser each had 14 points for the Bulls. Rajon Rondo score 13 points and was the team leader in assists with 7 and rebounds with 7. Jimmy Butler had one of the worst nights of his NBA career, Butler went 1 for 13 from the field and split a pair of free throws managing to score just 3 points in the game.

This was the first game of a back to back for the Heat and the win improved there record to 17-30. Miami will return home and put there six game winning streak on the line as they host the 21-25 Detroit Pistons. The loss dropped the Bulls to 23-25. Chicago will get a day off before they host the 17-28 Philadelphia 76ers Sunday night.

The Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls for the 7th straight time, but it took a big time comeback for the Hawks to get a 119-114 victory Wednesday night in Chicago. The win improves Atlanta’s record to 27-19. The Hawks are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference standings. With the loss the Bulls drop back under .500 at 23-24. Chicago is still holding onto the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are a game ahead of the 9th place Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bulls got off to a quick start as they scored the first seven points of the game. With 4:58 left in the quarter the Bulls found themselves with a double digit lead at 21-11. The Hawks went on a 9 to o run at that point and cut the Bulls lead to just one point at 21-20 with 2:42 left to play in the quarter. The Bulls then made their run as they finished the quarter by outscoring the Hawks 8 to 2. The 1st quarter ended with the Bulls up 29-22.

The 2nd quarter was very even for the teams as the Bulls managed to outscore the Hawks, but just by one point in the quarter 30-29. Every time the Hawks made a dent in the Bulls lead, Chicago was able to battle back. The closest Atlanta was in the quarter, was three points at 44-41 with 5:46 left in the quarter. After Atlanta got that close, the Bulls scored the next six points to make it a 50-41 game. The Hawks knocked just one point off the Bulls lead after that. Chicago went into halftime with a 59-51 lead.

The 3rd quarter played out very much like the 2nd quarter did, but this time it was the Hawks that outscored the Bulls 27-24 in the 3rd quarter. With 3:51 left in the quarter, Thabo Sefolosha hit a 3-pointer and the game was tied at 72 all. After another tie at 74 all, the Bulls went on a 9 to 4 run to end the quarter and took a 83-78 lead headed into the final quarter.

Early in the 4th quarter any time the Hawks cut into the lead the Bulls were able to re-establish the lead. After Dwight Howard made a pair of free throws, Atlanta was within four points at 95-91 with 6:22 left in the game. Chicago scored the next seven points of the game to build a 11 point lead at 102-91 with 5:11 left to play. Atlanta did cut the Bulls lead to five points one more time, but the Bulls managed to get the lead back to double digits at 110-100 with 3:01 left to play. Atlanta made one more run in the game and this time it was a 19 to 4 run to end the game and take the victory 119-114.

Six Atlanta players scored in double figures lead by Dennis Schroder with 24 points. Schroder also handed out a game high 9 assists. Paul Milsap scored 21 points while Thabo Sefolosha added 18 points. Atlanta’s other two starters Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore each scored 16 points. Howard also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the Atlanta bench to score 17 points.

Jimmy Butler (40 points) and Dwayne Wade (33 points) accounted for 73 of the Bulls 114 points in the game. The only other Bulls player to reach double figures was Doug McDermott. McDermott came off the Bulls bench to score 10 points. Butler also led the Bulls in rebounding grabbing 9. Butler also tied with Rajon Rondo and Jerain Grant for the team lead in assists with 3.

The Hawks get a day off as they return home to host the 26-20 Washington Wizards Friday night. After playing back to back games the Bulls also get a day off as they’ll host the 16-30 Miami Heat on Friday night.

In the first game of another set of back to back scheduling the Chicago Bulls picked up there 2nd win in a row 100-92 over the Orlando Magic. The win got the Bulls back to .500 at 23-23 and bumped them up to the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference. The loss dropped Orlando to 18-29 on the season.

The Magic got off to a quick start scoring 8 of the games first 10 points. The Magic were able to hold onto the lead and even built it to eight points. The Bulls started to work there way back into the game and when Rajon Rondo hit a short jump shot with 1:31 left in the quarter the game was tied at 18 all. The Bulls took the lead 20-18 after Paul Zipser hit two free throws, but the Magic scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 22-20 lead after one.

Orlando took a five point lead right at the start of the quarter, but a 9 to 4 run by the Bulls made it a tie game at 29 all. The game was tied again at 32 all before Orlando took a short lived three point lead. When Cristiano Felicio scored with 6:46 left in the quarter it gave the Bulls there first lead in the quarter. The biggest lead the Bulls could build was seven points, but the Magic cut into that as they went into halftime down three points at 52-49.

With 9:27 Nikola Vucevic gave the Magic the lead back at 58-57. The teams traded the lead three times before they ended up tied at 63 all. The Bulls scored the next six points to build a lead. Orlando was able to cut the lead to one point on two different occasions before the Bulls ended the quarter by scoring the last four points to take a 78-73 lead after three quarters.

The Bulls built an 11 point lead as they started the quarter on a 12 to 6 run and it looked as they might cruise to a victory. With 4:03 left in the game the Bulls took there biggest lead at 96-84. The closest Orlando could get after that was six points. The Bulls got the last basket of the game to make it an eight point victory 100-92.

Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler where the only two Bulls starters to score in double figures. Wade had a game high 21 points while Butler scored 20 points and handed out a team high 4 assists. Off the Bulls bench Cristiano Felicio posted a double-double with 12 points and a game high 10 rebounds while Doug McDermott added 12 points going 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point line.

All five of the Magic starters scored in double figures led by Nikola Vucevic with 20 points. Serge Ibaka scored 16 points and grabbed a team high 8 rebounds. Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green each scored 13 points while Elfrid Payton added 10 points. C.J. Watson came off the Orlando bench to lead the team in assists with 6.

Since this was the first of a back to back for the Bulls they have to turn right around and play tonight at home against the 26-19 Atlanta Hawks. Orlando gets a couple of days off before they have to travel to Boston to face the 26-18 Celtics.