Markkanen helps Bulls top Hawks 91-86 for 1st win

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 27, 2017 10:43 AM
Markkanen helps Bulls top Hawks 91-86 for 1st win
Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) drives on Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By Jay Cohen, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Lauri Markkanen scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, including a key three-pointer with 48.5 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-86 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for their first win of the season.

Markkanen also grabbed 13 rebounds, leading a dominant rebounding effort for Chicago. Robin Lopez had 16 points and eight rebounds and reserve David Nwaba finished with 15 points and 11 boards, helping the Bulls to a whopping 62-40 advantage on the glass.

Marco Belinelli made five three-pointers on his way to 23 points for Atlanta, which closed out a 1-4 trip -- the franchise's longest road trip to begin a season. Kent Bazemore scored 16 points and Mike Muscala finished with 14 points and 10 boards.

Belinelli made a triple to give Atlanta an 86-85 lead with about 1:50 left, but the Hawks never scored again. Lopez passed to Justin Holiday for a reverse layup and Jerian Grant found Markkanen for his big three in the final minute, making it 90-86.

Grant added a free throw in the final seconds, helping Chicago close it out. He finished with 11 points and seven assists.

Rookie John Collins had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting for Atlanta, but the Hawks shot 39 percent (32-for-82) overall.

Markkanen, the seventh overall pick in the June draft, made five three-pointers and scored 19 points in Tuesday's 119-112 loss at Cleveland, drawing praise from LeBron James for his shooting skills. He got off to a slow start against Atlanta, going 1-for-8 from the field in the first half, but he got back on track by putting the ball on the floor.

The seven-foot Markkanen drove to the rim for a dunk and a three-point play with 8:33 left in the third. He added a slick driving layup with 6:48 to go, giving the Bulls a 49-44 lead after they trailed by as many as seven in the first half.


Hawks: F Ersan Ilyasova was active, but did not play due to a left knee strain. Ilyasova got hurt during Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) 116-104 loss at Brooklyn. "Just giving it one more day makes a lot sense for him and us," coach Mike Budenholzer said. ... PG Dennis Schroder missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Bulls: F Paul Zipser was sidelined by a bruised right knee. Denzel Valentine replaced him in the starting lineup. ... G Kris Dunn (left index finger dislocation) could make his Bulls debut Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Oklahoma City. He got hurt during an Oct. 6 (Oct. 7, PHL time) preseason game. "It's still very swollen, so we'll get a good practice with him tomorrow and then make that determination on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)," coach Fred Hoiberg said.


Hawks: Host Denver on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). The Hawks swept their two-game series against the Nuggets last season.

Bulls: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Bulls and Thunder split two games last season, with each team winning on the road.

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