FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, February 2, 2019
WINDY COLLECTS FRANCHISE RECORD 43-POINT VICTORY
BEAT CANTON 120-77
The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, collected their second consecutive win with a 120-77 victory over the Canton Charge on Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
Despite being short-handed and having nine players available, every Bulls player cracked the scoring column, including five who scored in double figures. Mychal Mulder poured in a career-high 37 points on 14-of-16 shooting. JaKarr Sampson collected his second double-double of the season with 16 points and season-high 12 rebounds, while V.J. Beachem collected a season-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds, two assists and career-high three steals. Ferrakohn Hall added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Thomas Wilder pitched in with 10 points in a reserve role. Additionally, Jon Octeus grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and Dikembe Dixson notched nine points, which was a career-best for him.
Malik Newman led all Charge players with 19 points off the bench. JaCorey Williams recorded a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kobi Simmons has 11 points. Canton’s Two-Way players, Jaron Blossomgame and Deng Adel combined to score nine points on 4-of-18 shooting.
Windy City began the game clicking on all cylinders offensively. For the second consecutive contest, the Bulls shot over 60 percent in the first quarter and were led by Mulder and Sampson who combined for 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Conversely, Windy City limited Canton to 28 percent shooting and led 29-16 at end of the opening 12 minutes.
Canton made a run to start the second quarter, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the period. The run trimmed the Bulls lead to five, which forced a timeout at the 8:36 mark. Windy City withstood the spurt and eventually retook a double-digit advantage. To end the first half, Sampson hammered home a dunk to beat the buzzer and the Bulls led by 15 at the intermission.
Windy City opened the second half on a 10-4 run and upped their lead to 21 in the opening portion of the third quarter. The Bulls advantage swelled to 30 and ultimately reached 37, which served as Windy City’s largest lead thru three quarters. Mulder tallied 23 points in the frame, leading to an 86-49 Bulls lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Bulls maintained a 30-point lead throughout the fourth quarter and pushed their lead to 45, which was a franchise-high. Windy City outscored the Charge by six in the quarter and 28 in the second half. The Bulls led from start to finish and convincingly captured their 17th win of the season, 120-77.
The 43-point victory serves as the largest in franchise history, surpassing the 38-point win Windy City collected on Dec. 6, 2017 against Maine. With the win, the Bulls are now 2-1 against Canton this season and 7-4 all-time. Additionally, Windy City is 2-0 at Quicken Loans Arena and have won both games by a combined 72 points.
The Bulls will enjoy two days off before returning to action on Tuesday night against the Capital City Go-Go. Tip-off at Sears Centre Arena is wet for 7:00pm CT.
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