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Griffin, Smith lead Pistons over Bulls 118-116

by JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ish Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including the game-winning basket, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 118-116 on Saturday night in Chicago’s home opener. Griffin was 12 for 23 from the field, including…

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Bulls’ Denzel Valentine sidelined by sprained ankle

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say guard Denzel Valentine has a moderately sprained left ankle and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks. Valentine was injured in practice on Tuesday. He had surgery on the same ankle in May 2017. Valentine averaged 10.2 points last season, his second. The Bulls open at Philadelphia…

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Chicago Bulls sign guard Antonio Blakeney to NBA contract

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Antonio Blakeney to an NBA contract. Undrafted out of LSU in 2017, Blakeney signed a two-way deal with the Bulls and averaged 7.9 points in 19 games while splitting time between Chicago and the G League’s Windy City Bulls. He was the G League’s Rookie of…

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Paxson insists rebuilding Chicago Bulls are in better spot

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — John Paxson insisted the Chicago Bulls are in a good position. And the Bulls’ top executive hopes they are never in this spot again. “We did this year what we felt was in the long-term best interests of the Bulls,” Paxson said Thursday. “It’s not a situation…

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Crabbe’s career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win

By ADRY TORRES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season’s final month. Allen Crabbe is hoping it’ll carry over to next season. Crabbe scored 20 of his career-high 41 points in the first quarter and the Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 114-105 on Monday night…

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Nets hit 24 3s, 1 shy of NBA record, in rout of Bulls

By MATT SCHOCH, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Quincy Acy is often an emotional leader for the Brooklyn Nets. On a record night against the Bulls, he led them on the scoresheet, too. Acy helped the Nets set a franchise mark with 24 3-pointers in a 124-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls. The Nets finished one…

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Bulls’ Valentine facing knee procedure, done for season

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine will miss the rest of the season after surgery this week on his left knee. The Bulls say Valentine had swelling in the knee and an MRI indicated a need for an arthroscopic debridement procedure, which is scheduled for Wednesday. In 77 games this season, Valentine averaged…

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Bulls beat Magic to end 7-game losing streak

By DICK SANLON, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The only consolation the Chicago Bulls could take from their horrendous third quarter was that they still had another one left. “It’s not often you have a 2-for-22 quarter and still win the game,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I give our guys credit for hanging in there…

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Hardaway, Beasley lead Knicks past depleted Bulls, 110-92

By JEFFREY BERNSTEIN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Knicks have won two straight games for the first time in almost two months, and they’re not apologizing for the caliber of their competition. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as New York beat the depleted Chicago Bulls 110-92 on Monday…

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Bulls hand Grizzlies 19th straight loss on Blakeney’s FTs

By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies fought, rallied and were on the verge of snapping their losing streak, only to have an ill-advised foul lead to two successful free throws and another defeat. Chicago rookie Antonio Blakeney converted two of the three attempts with 1.8 seconds left Thursday night, allowing…

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Jordan, Williams lead Clippers over Bulls 112-106

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers need all the wins they can get if they’re going to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year — even the ugly ones. So they’ll take this. DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and the…

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LaVine, Portis lead Bulls past short-handed Hawks, 129-122

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A visit to the lowly Atlanta Hawks provided a confidence boost for the Chicago Bulls. Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta’s comeback, and the Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks 129-122 on Sunday. Bobby Portis also had…

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Griffin leads Pistons to 99-83 win over Bulls

By DAVE HOGG, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons knew they couldn’t afford another loss on Friday if they wanted to have any chance of keeping in touch of a playoff spot. For 18 minutes, it appeared they might come up short for a fifth straight game, but they finished strongly to post a…

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Bulls to adhere to NBA rules about resting players, tanking

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls will start playing Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again after receiving a reminder from the league about player rest and tanking. Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the league communicated with the team after the All-Star break about those two players and their diminishing roles.…

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Sore knee sidelines Celtics’ Irving for game against Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee. Coach Brad Stevens said Irving aggravated the knee during Saturday’s loss to Houston. He felt a little better the following day but was still sore on Monday. Stevens wasn’t sure if…

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Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls 105-89 without Irving

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee. They remembered what happened when they…

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Crabbe scores 21, Nets top Bulls 104-87 to snap 8-game skid

By JEFFREY BERNSTEIN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — With a pair of familiar faces back in action Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets won for the first time all month. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert returned to the court and Alan Crabbe scored 21 points to help Brooklyn snap an eight-game losing streak with a 104-87…

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