Moore was already in the midst of a fantastic shooting night when, with the Bulls down one point and four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, coach Tom Thibodeau called a play for the fourth-year player. Power forward Pau Gasol took the inbound pass and immediately kicked out to Moore, who buried a three-pointer with a player in his face to put the team up two with two seconds to play.
"I was aware of the time management," Moore said after the game, per the Associated Press. "I knew we only had four seconds (when the play started) and if he kicked it out, I knew there's not much time left. I just shot it with confidence."
Moore played 22 minutes in the victory, seeing 20 minutes of action for the first time since the end of December, and managed four rebounds, two steals and one block in addition to his excellent shooting performance and a quality defensive showing while matched up at times with Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.
"The way E'Twaun competed on every play, that goes a long way," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought we had a number of guys step up."
The Bulls will square off with the Pacers Friday.
Butler missed the second half of Tuesday's contest against the Kings with the injury. Although Butler did not practice Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau listed him as day to day moving forward. With the All-Star break approaching, the Bulls make take a cautious approach with their star guard Thursday night against the Cavaliers. If he's unable to play,
Though Moore failed to register his third double-digit scoring game in a row, that was mostly because he played less than 30 minutes for the first time in three games. He scored nine points on 3 of 6 shooting with one 3-pointer, and added two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action.
Moore can score when given the opportunity, but he has been mostly a role player this season, averaging just 6.3 points in 19.4 minutes per game in 60 appearances.
Moore played an uneventful 19 minutes, scoring just five points on 2 of 4 shooting, his second single-digit scoring game in a row. He also added two assists and two rebounds with one turnover in the win.
Moore is averaging 7.2 points per game in the month of February, an improvement on his season mark of 6.1 per game.
Moore played just 23 minutes off the bench, but still scraped together 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He made three 3-pointers, though made little impact in the box score beyond his scoring. He added two blocks, one steal and one rebound, while turning the ball over three times.
Tuesday's strong performance was more the exception than the rule for Moore this season. He is averaging just 6.0 points and 1.4 assists per game in 52 appearances.
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