Markkanen scores 31 points, Bulls beat Cavs 112-92


By Steve Herrick - Associated Press



Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. (22) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. (22) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Phil Long)


CLEVELAND (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points and the Chicago Bulls won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-92 on Sunday night.

Markkanen had 14 points in the third quarter, including a four-point play late in the period that sparked an 18-5 run in the game between the teams that began the tied for last in the Eastern Conference.

The 6-foot-10 forward hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and made the free throw after being fouled by David Nwaba. Justin Holiday had a 3-pointer on the next possession, extending the lead to 84-72.

Cleveland led 67-66 midway through the third period before Chicago took over. Markkanen scored a season-high 32 points Friday in a victory over Orlando.

Kris Dunn added 17 points, and Holiday had 15 for Chicago.

Larry Nance Jr. led Cleveland with 20 points, and Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson each had 17. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton was 3 of 16 from the field and scored six points. Cleveland has lost five of six.

Nwaba fell awkwardly in the fourth quarter, and was down for several moments with an apparent left leg injury. He was helped to the locker room by his teammates and was unable to put much weight on his leg.

Markkanen made 11 of 18 shots and had five 3-pointers. He hit two 3-pointers and had 10 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter.

The Bulls are 4-6 under Jim Boylen. He took over when Fred Hoiberg was fired Dec. 3.

STILL ON THE BENCH

Jabari Parker, who was taken out of the Bulls’ regular rotation last week, didn’t play for the fifth straight game. Boylen said the 6-foot-8 forward was available after dealing with a stomach illness that caused him to miss two games.

“He needs to lock into practicing hard, playing hard and honoring the values of the team, which I have set forth for the team,” Boylen said. “Every day is an opportunity to do that. Every guy has to do that, just not him.”

Parker is averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds in 29 games.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Holiday hit a 3-pointer less than two minutes into the game. His franchise-record of making a 3-pointer in 43 straight games ended Friday. … G Cameron Payne (strained right calf) missed his second straight game. … Boylen said G Zack LaVine, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle is showing improvement every day and could return soon.

Cavaliers: Sexton was knocked to the floor driving to the basket in the second quarter, but remained in the game … Drew has taken to calling an early timeout when his team shows a lack of effort on rhe defensive end. Chicago scored on its first four possessions, and Drew called time with 10:06 remaining in the first quarter.

PACERs 105, WIZARDS 89

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner had 18 points and 17 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the sluggish Washington Wizards 105-89 on Sunday.

The Wizards were coming off a triple-overtime victory over Phoenix in Washington the previous night. They shot a season-low 36.8 percent.

Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 of his 14 points in the first half. Markieff Morris led the Wizards with 16 points.

HAWKS 98, PISTONS 95

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Len had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, Vince Carter had a season-best 18 points, and Atlanta held off Detroit for its third straight victory.

Langston Galloway led Detroit with 18 points, and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Pistons have lost nine of 11.

HEAT 115, MAGIC 91

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored 20 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Miami defeated the Orlando Magic 115-91 Sunday and delivered Heat coach Eric Spoelstra his 500th coaching victory.

Justise Winslow added 22 points and Josh Richardson finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which beat Orlando for the first time in three tries this season and improved to 16-16.

Johnson made just his fourth start of the season and hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter, finishing off one with a four-point play. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Dwayne Wade, playing his 24th and likely final game in Orlando, had 10 points and four assists in 24 minutes.

Spoelstra, Miami’s coach since the 2008-09 season, has a career coaching record of 500-336 and has won two NBA titles.

Evan Fournier scored 17 points for the Magic, who lost their third straight.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. (22) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/12/web1_CAvvss.jpgCleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. (22) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

By Steve Herrick

Associated Press

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