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The Windy City Bulls presented by BMO Harris Bank, the official G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 121-113 on Sunday night.
The Mad Ants got off to a fast start, jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead with solid play by guard Stephan Hicks and Indiana Pacers Assignment player, Alize Johnson.
Justin Simon answered back strong for Windy City, recording a blocked shot and seven points on back-to-back lay ups and a three pointer to cut the early Fort Wayne lead to four.
The Mad Ants consistently converted defense into offense throughout the first half, turning 11 Bulls turnovers into nine fast break points as the pace of the game picked up behind the scoring of Simon and P.J. Dozier, contributing 13 and 14 points respectively for Windy City.
Fort Wayne continued to hold back every charge from the Bulls, with Walter Lemon Jr. driving to the basket on his way to 13 points and five assists in the half and C.J. Wilcox getting hot from the outside, dropping in three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to carry a 52-48 Mad Ants lead into halftime.
Fresh off a Two-way transfer assignment with the Chicago Bulls, Max Strus set an aggressive tone for the second half by pouring in 12 points in the third quarter, including a spinning drive off the glass to earn Windy City its first lead of the game.
Lemon and Wilcox continued to lead the way for Fort Wayne, as the squads went back and forth in a similar style to their showdown earlier in the week to finish with a combined 60 points in the third frame, and a tie score at 80-80.
The Mad Ants, 0-6 on the year leading into the contest, continued to fight for their first victory of the season, going on a 12-6 run to start the fourth.
From there, the Windy City shooting touch cooled and Alize Johnson took over for Fort Wayne, scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter alone on his way to a career-high 36 points to go along with 14 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Lemon played big for the Mad Ants as well, finishing with 28 points and eight assists.
In the loss, the Bulls saw contributions outside the usual scoring leaders including Simon with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes, and Darel Poirier out of France, who recorded his first double-double for Windy City with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls (4-3) will complete their three-game road trip on Tuesday, matching up with Raptors 905 in Canada before returning home to Sears Centre Arena to face Tacko Fall and the Maine Red Claws on Friday night.