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Friday, November 23, 2018
LONG ISLAND SNAPS WINDY CITY’S THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK, BEAT THE BULLS 113-99
The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, snapped their season high three-game winning streak with a 113-99 loss to the Long Island Nets on Friday night at Sears Centre Arena.
Three players scored in double figures led by Rawle Alkins who tallied a game-high 29 points and added a career-high eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. CJ Fair recorded 13 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Mychal Mulder collected 11 points and four rebounds. Joe Kilgore and Kaiser Gates added eight points apiece and Ferrakohn Hall and V.J. Beachem combined for 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Long Island had two assignment players at their disposal Friday night, but was without the services of Alan Williams, who leads the G League in rebounds per game. Mitchell Creek poured in a career-high 19 points and added seven rebounds and two assists in a reserve role. Jordan McLaughlin totaled 17 points and four assists off the bench, while Brooklyn Nets assignee, Dzanan Musa recorded 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rodions Kurucs, the Nets second assignment player, had 13 points and Drew Gordon recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Windy City began the game making three of their first six baskets to grab an early 6-5 lead, but that is the only time the Bulls led in the contest. After leading by one on the basket by Hall, Long Island rattled off nine consecutive points to take an eight-point advantage. The Bulls sliced the lead to four on an old fashioned three-point play by Gates, but the Nets scored seven of the next nine points to extend their lead to nine with under two remaining. Seven Windy City players cracked the scoring column in the opening 12 minutes, but as team, the Bulls only managed eight field goals. For the fifth time this season, Windy City failed to score 20 points in the first quarter and trailed 25-18 heading into the second quarter.
Long Island opened the second period with a three-pointer by Kurucs to grab their first double-digit lead of the night. Windy City’s offensive struggles persisted in the second quarter, allowing the Nets to lead by double digits for most of the quarter. The Bulls managed to cut the lead to eight on a layup by Fair, but that is as close as they would get. Following the basket, Long Island extended their lead to 15 on the heels of a 9-0 spurt, which forced a Windy City timeout with 2:33 left to play in the first half. Long Island would eventually lead by 19, their largest of the first half. The Nets outscored the Bulls 37-25 in the stanza and led 62-43 at the intermission.In similar fashion to the second quarter, the Nets began the second half with a three-pointer, which opened a 21-point lead. The Bulls made a small run halfway through the period and used a 12-6 run to make it a 16-point game. However, the Nets would close the quarter with an 11-2 run of their run to lead by 25, which was their largest of the evening. In the period, Windy City went 1-for-9 from the three-point line, shot 29 percent from the field and trailed 87-62 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Alkins came to life in the fourth quarter collecting nine of his 12 field goals while scoring 22 points in the frame. Windy City managed to trim the led to 13 early in the period, but that is as close as they would get. Long Island re-opened a 20-point lead on a three-point play by Thomas Wimbish and won their fifth game of the season in convincing fashion, 113-99.
Windy City surrendered 100 points for the first time in the three games and the 113 points allowed is most since giving up 117 to Capital City on Nov. 9. The Bulls are now 6-3 all-time against Long Island.
Windy City concludes its brief two-game home stand on Sunday against division foe, Fort Wayne. Tip-off at Sears Centre Arena is set for 2:00pm CT. Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team on Twitter (@WindyCityBulls) or visiting (WindyCityBulls.com). Full season membership, group, and single tickets for the 2018-19 Windy City Bulls season are on sale now. For all ticket information and full season schedule, visit WindyCityBulls.com.