Markkanen, Kilpatrick lead Bulls over Hornets, 120-114
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 04, 2018 11:22 AM
Chicago Bulls' Lauri Markkanen drives to the basket between Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, left, and Kemba Walker (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
By John Jackson, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 21 off the bench to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 120-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Justin Holiday had 19 points and Bobby Portis added 16 for Chicago, which has won three straight.
Dwight Howard scored 23 points and Malik Monk had 21 for Charlotte, which has dropped four straight.
Markkanen didn't play in the fourth quarter and totaled just 24 minutes for the game. The seven-foot rookie was 8-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-6 on three-pointers.
The Bulls had an 86-79 lead entering the fourth quarter before coach Fred Hoiberg decided to sit most of his regulars, possibly because it was really in the team's best interest to lose and hope to improve its draft position.
Kilpatrick, though, had other plans and took over the reigns of the offense, scoring 19 points in final 12 minutes to hold off Monk (16 in the fourth) and Charlotte.
Kilpatrick iced the game with a three-pointer with 56.5 seconds to go for a 118-114 lead.
Hornets: F Nicolas Batum (left Achilles tendon soreness) was a surprise addition to the starting lineup. "Earlier in the morning, he was going to not play," coach Steve Clifford said. "Then it felt a lot better at shootaround." Batum finished with 11 points in 28 minutes ... G/F Dwayne Bacon (sprained right ankle) and G/F Treveon Graham (concussion protocol) each missed a second straight game.
Bulls: G Denzel Valentine was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove loose debris on Wednesday morning (late Wednesday, PHL time) and will miss the final week of the season. "I'll be able to walk out of the hospital," he said. "I had the same thing done in college when I was a senior and I was back playing in two weeks." ... F Noah Vonleh suffered a strained left calf in the first half and did not return.
Hornets: Visit Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Bulls: Visit the Boston on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).