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Markkanen scores 24, Bulls end skid with OT win over Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Chicago Bulls thought they were trending in the right direction in the last few games of their 10-game losing streak. On Friday night, they kept their poise and finished strong.

Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

''Lauri showed again that he's going to be a heck of a player in this league,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''He was awesome down the stretch making big, clutch plays for us.''

Robin Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. Kris Dunn scored 20 points, Justin Holiday had 17 and David Nwaba chipped in with 11 for the Bulls, who are 2-0 against Charlotte and 2-20 against the rest of the league.

Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hornets, his second 20-20 game of the season. Kemba Walker added 20 points, and Marvin Williams had a season-high 17.

''We have to rely on (Howard) quite a bit,'' Hornets' coach Stephen Silas said. ''Dwight was great tonight as far as his post presence, paint catches, rebounding and just keeping us in the game.''

Charlotte made up a two-possession deficit in the final minute. Walker made a pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds left to force overtime in a back-and-forth game that featured 17 lead changes and 20 ties. Neither team led by more than eight.

The extra period belonged to Chicago as the Bulls never trailed.

''We thought, as a team, the last couple close games, we thought we could have won them. It just happened down the stretch we didn't execute,'' Dunn said. ''We finally got the monkey off our back. It felt good, and we should start something new.''

The Bulls used an 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter and gain an 83-79 lead, setting up a frantic final few minutes.

''The thing I was most impressed by with our guys was how they just kept playing, how they showed the resolve,'' Hoiberg said. ''After Kemba tied it up to send it into overtime ... to be able to keep our composure and make winning plays was huge.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago, despite a significant size disadvantage, outscored the Hornets 56-50 in the paint. ... Nikola Mirotic saw 14 minutes of action, scoring six points, in his return from injury. Mrotic suffered facial fractures in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.

Hornets: Charlotte was without a pair of big men as Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller did not play after picking up injuries in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors. ... Silas coached the Hornets for the third straight game in place of Steve Clifford, who is out indefinitely with health issues.

CALLING THE RESERVES

The Bulls' bench provided 32 points and tight defense to keep the game close.

''The second unit was key,'' Holiday said. ''It was like, `Right now is when we need to make our push,' and they came in and I think might've gotten four stops in a row. ... The second unit got us the lead and we won the game.''

NO TIME TO REST

The short-handed Hornets will turn around and play again Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Four Charlotte players were on the floor for at least 39 minutes against the Bulls, and Silas believes fatigue will be a factor.

''It's a mindset. We have to be in the right frame of mind to go out and play well,'' he said. ''Guys are going to have to come off the bench and play more minutes than usual.''

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host the Knicks on Saturday night.

Hornets: Host the Lakers on Saturday night.

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Key Players
R. Lopez
42 C
K. Walker
15 PG
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
22.7 Pts. Per Game 22.7
6.2 Ast. Per Game 6.2
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
52.4 Field Goal % 43.3
51.9 Three Point % 43.5
76.1 Free Throw % 87.0
+ 1 Justin Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Justin Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 0:03
  Out of bounds turnover on Dwight Howard 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:08
  Kris Dunn missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Kris Dunn made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Marvin Williams 0:10
  Out of bounds turnover on Kemba Walker 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:15
  Kris Dunn missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
Team Stats
Points 119 111
Field Goals 48-99 (48.5%) 40-100 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 6-18 (33.3%) 10-29 (34.5%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 21-29 (72.4%)
Total Rebounds 64 60
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 50 41
Team 8 10
Assists 23 22
Steals 5 7
Blocks 7 11
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 28 20
Technicals 1 2
K. Dunn PG 32
20 PTS, 6 REB, 12 AST
25 PTS, 20 REB, 2 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Bulls 4-20 3121233113119
home team logo Hornets 9-15 252727275111
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 4-20 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 9-15 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Markkanen PF 15.2 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.4 FG%
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Markkanen PF 24 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
D. Howard C 25 PTS 20 REB 2 AST
48.5 FG% 40.0
33.3 3PT FG% 34.5
77.3 FT% 72.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 33 24 12 0 0 0 1 1 8/15 3/5 5/5 2 10 35 +3
K. Dunn 41 20 6 12 3 0 1 5 8/24 0/2 4/6 0 6 52 +3
R. Lopez 42 19 10 1 0 1 4 6 9/15 0/0 1/2 2 8 28 0
J. Holiday 38 17 8 2 2 2 1 3 6/15 1/5 4/4 0 8 32 +9
D. Valentine 24 7 3 1 0 0 2 2 3/7 0/2 1/2 1 2 10 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 33 24 12 0 0 0 1 1 8/15 3/5 5/5 2 10 35 +3
K. Dunn 41 20 6 12 3 0 1 5 8/24 0/2 4/6 0 6 52 +3
R. Lopez 42 19 10 1 0 1 4 6 9/15 0/0 1/2 2 8 28 0
J. Holiday 38 17 8 2 2 2 1 3 6/15 1/5 4/4 0 8 32 +9
D. Valentine 24 7 3 1 0 0 2 2 3/7 0/2 1/2 1 2 10 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Nwaba 32 11 6 4 0 3 0 4 5/7 0/0 1/2 1 5 28 +8
B. Portis 14 9 4 0 0 0 2 2 4/4 1/1 0/0 0 4 11 +5
J. Grant 11 6 1 3 0 0 1 2 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 12 +5
N. Mirotic 14 6 3 0 0 1 0 1 2/7 1/3 1/1 0 3 10 +9
P. Zipser 10 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 +1
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 259 119 56 23 5 7 14 28 48/99 6/18 17/22 6 50 219 +40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 43 25 20 2 1 6 2 3 11/23 0/0 3/8 2 18 54 -2
K. Walker 42 20 1 5 1 0 1 2 5/16 3/10 7/7 0 1 31 -1
M. Williams 39 17 9 1 1 1 1 5 6/11 3/5 2/2 4 5 29 +1
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 32 15 7 2 0 1 2 4 5/10 0/0 5/8 1 6 25 +4
N. Batum 42 9 6 10 1 1 2 1 4/14 1/4 0/0 1 5 35 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 43 25 20 2 1 6 2 3 11/23 0/0 3/8 2 18 54 -2
K. Walker 42 20 1 5 1 0 1 2 5/16 3/10 7/7 0 1 31 -1
M. Williams 39 17 9 1 1 1 1 5 6/11 3/5 2/2 4 5 29 +1
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 32 15 7 2 0 1 2 4 5/10 0/0 5/8 1 6 25 +4
N. Batum 42 9 6 10 1 1 2 1 4/14 1/4 0/0 1 5 35 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Graham 18 12 2 2 0 0 1 2 4/7 2/3 2/2 1 1 17 -7
J. Lamb 8 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 2 8 -5
M. Monk 10 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 2 6 -7
M. Carter-Williams 12 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 0 3 -9
J. O'Bryant 9 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 1 2 -6
D. Bacon 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -7
F. Kaminsky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 259 111 50 22 7 11 11 20 40/100 10/29 21/29 9 41 212 -40