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9-22 FG | 1-1 3P | 13 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -7
Vucevic got off to a relatively quick start, scoring eight points in the first quarter and showing off nice synergy with Payton in pick-and-rolls. But his offense really tapered off as the night progressed and he struggled to make shots in the second half. Things got so bad for Vucevic that Aaron Brooks managed to get a weak-side block on him late in the fourth quarter.
9-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | 0
After a poor performance against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, Harris had himself a bounce-back game versus the Bulls. Which is quite impressive, given that Jimmy Butler was defending him primarily. There were two possessions in the first half where Harris beat Butler on backdoor cuts, which led to dunks. Harris also got things going on offense in pick-and-roll sets with Vucevic.
5-14 FG | 2-5 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -12
It wasn’t the most efficient outing offensively for Fournier, who uncharacteristically took (and missed) a number of long two’s. This isn’t to say that Fournier didn’t attack the rim. He did. But he settled for way too many jump shots on the perimeter. Credit should go to the Chicago defense for forcing Fournier to shoot several tough, contested jumpers.
3-14 FG | 3-7 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 9 PTS | -2
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Payton is one of three players in NBA history to start his career with four straight games of seven assists or more (Oscar Robertson and John Wall being the other two). That’s impressive for a rookie. His 9 point-7 assist-6 rebound-3 steal-1 block stat line? Also impressive. Him shooting 3-for-14 from the floor and struggling to make jump shots? Not so impressive.
No Derrick Rose. No Joakim Noah. No problem. The Bulls lollygagged on defense, allowing the Magic to score 56 points in the first half before tightening things up after halftime. Chicago got good contributions from Brooks (13 points, 8 assists, 3 blocks?!), Doug McDermott (12 points), and Nikola Mirotic (8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) off the bench.