(CTN News) – The Chicago Bulls responded strongly with a morale-boosting victory of 118-113 against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on Tuesday.
After suffering a 109-95 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in their previous game, the Bulls relied on the clutch performances of DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso to secure their third win in the ongoing six-game home stand. This victory improved their season record to 14-18.
In the absence of Nikola Vucevic, who was sidelined due to an adductor injury, Andre Drummond stepped up and showcased his skills in a starting role for the first time this season.
The 6-foot-10 center displayed his dominance by contributing 24 points and an impressive 25 rebounds, reminiscent of his All-Star days in Detroit.
While Drummond set the tone, it was DeRozan and Caruso who sealed the deal. Caruso’s three-pointer propelled the Bulls ahead with a score of 109-106 and just 3:57 remaining on the clock.
Shortly after, DeRozan made two consecutive jumpers, extending the Bulls’ lead to 113-110 with less than two minutes left in the game.
Trae Young, the standout player for the Hawks, made a crucial play by splitting his charities to narrow the score to 113-111.
However, DeMar DeRozan of the Bulls swiftly responded with a difficult finger roll. He skillfully evaded Jalen Johnson’s defense with a shimmy and up-and-under move, extending the Bulls’ lead to 115-111.
The Bulls have been on a successful streak, winning nine out of their last 13 games. DeRozan played a significant role in this victory, scoring 25 points, with 11 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
On the other hand, Coby White struggled with his shooting, missing all seven of his three-point attempts. Despite this, he managed to contribute 19 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Ayo Dosunmu, the backup guard, also had an impressive performance, tallying 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Alex Caruso added 11 points to the scoreboard, while Jevon Carter chipped in with 10 points.