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Bulls hang on down stretch, beat Grizzlies 119-110

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls envision Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn leading them to tight wins - someday in bigger spots than this.

Markkanen scored 22 points, LaVine and Dunn added 21 apiece, and Chicago hung on to hand the Memphis Grizzlies their 15th straight loss, 119-110 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls had a 21-point lead whittle to one but came away with their fourth win in 18 games.

''Everybody wants to see, `Are these guys for real? Are they capable of playing at a high level each and every night?''' Dunn said.

Dunn scored 11 in the fourth quarter and made four free throws in the final 33.7 seconds to help Chicago come out on top.

Bobby Portis had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Holiday scored 14 points in 17 minutes - going 5 for 5 from the field and nailing four 3-pointers - after the NBA prodded the Bulls to start playing him and Robin Lopez again.

Memphis' Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol and Ben McLemore added 17 apiece, but the Grizzlies couldn't snap the NBA's longest skid this season.

''I was trying to do everything in my power to bring the team back,'' said Brooks, who got screamed at by coach J.B. Bickerstaff at halftime. ''We were right there. We just got to make better plays for each other, smart plays, careful passes. We just had too many turnovers and we dug ourselves a big hole.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies did not use Gasol in the fourth quarter and went with Deyonta Davis instead. Bickerstaff said he ''didn't want to disrupt the rhythm'' of the group that led Memphis back into the game. Gasol, who has expressed frustration lately, walked out of the locker room whistling with his headphones on and did not make himself available to reporters. ... F Chandler Parsons missed the game for personal reasons. ... Memphis has dropped 13 in a row on the road since winning at Sacramento on Dec. 31.

Bulls: Dunn had nine assists and three steals. ... Chicago outscored Memphis in second-chance points (17-12), fast-break points (16-13) and points in the paint (56-44) - the fifth time this season the Bulls led in all three categories.

HANGING ON

The Bulls led by 21 midway through the third quarter and were up by 15 going into the fourth before the Grizzlies went on a run.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Brooks cut it to 94-93. He then nailed a fadeaway jumper after Portis drove for a layup, making it 96-95 with 6:46 remaining.

The Bulls answered with a 10-2 run. Brooks hit a floater and two 3-pointers to pull the Grizzlies back within one with just under three minutes left, but the Bulls hung on.

David Nwaba grabbed the rebound after Memphis' Xavier Rathan-Mayes missed a potential tying 3, and Dunn drove for a layup to bump the lead to 113-108 with 1:31 to play.

HOLIDAY RETURNS

While Lopez sat out his seventh straight game, Holiday made an immediate impact after being held out of five of the previous six. He scored nine points in the game's first 8 1/2 minutes, making all three 3-pointers before Denzel Valentine replaced him.

''I just wanted to try to come out and be aggressive,'' he said.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said Holiday and Lopez will start Friday at Detroit.

SPARTANS VISIT

The Bulls had some high-ranking visitors, with No. 4 Michigan State in town during a lull in the schedule.

With the school on spring break and the Big Ten tournament last week, the Spartans worked out at Chicago's practice facility and took in the game on Wednesday.

Hoiberg's son Jack is a freshman walk-on. He said he was the only Bulls official allowed by the NBA to watch practice.

''To be honest I wasn't in there much, just a little in the beginning and then I went into my office and finished my prep for tonight's game,'' Hoiberg said.

Valentine and Memphis backup C Deyonta Davis played at Michigan State.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Utah on Friday.

Bulls: Visit Detroit on Friday.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
Z. LaVine
8 PG
27.1 Min. Per Game 27.1
16.9 Pts. Per Game 16.9
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
41.6 Field Goal % 39.8
41.6 Three Point % 38.8
84.4 Free Throw % 78.2
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 0:02
  Xavier Rathan-Mayes missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Kris Dunn made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Kris Dunn made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Xavier Rathan-Mayes 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn 0:10
  Ben McLemore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
  Full timeout called 0:17
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Myke Henry 0:17
Team Stats
Points 110 119
Field Goals 40-82 (48.8%) 42-79 (53.2%)
3-Pointers 10-29 (34.5%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 20-25 (80.0%) 24-32 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 38 54
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 24 32
Team 5 13
Assists 24 25
Steals 12 10
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 14 20
Fouls 26 22
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
K. Dunn PG 32
21 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 18-46 22292435110
home team logo Bulls 22-42 30342629119
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 18-46 103.5 PPG 39.7 RPG 23.5 APG
home team logo Bulls 22-42 102.3 PPG 41.7 RPG 22.2 APG
Key Players
D. Brooks SF 6.8 PPG 2.1 RPG 0.9 APG 40.9 FG%
L. Markkanen PF 15.8 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.0 APG 38.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Brooks SF 29 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
L. Markkanen PF 22 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
48.8 FG% 53.2
34.5 3PT FG% 37.9
80.0 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Brooks 28 29 1 2 2 0 0 2 10/18 5/9 4/4 0 1 36 +1
M. Gasol 27 17 6 7 0 0 1 3 4/11 1/4 8/10 1 5 36 -10
B. McLemore 37 17 7 2 3 0 6 4 5/11 3/7 4/5 3 4 25 -7
J. Green 27 11 8 1 0 0 1 1 5/6 0/0 1/2 2 6 20 -17
K. Simmons 27 11 3 1 3 1 3 6 5/10 0/1 1/1 1 2 17 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Brooks 28 29 1 2 2 0 0 2 10/18 5/9 4/4 0 1 36 +1
M. Gasol 27 17 6 7 0 0 1 3 4/11 1/4 8/10 1 5 36 -10
B. McLemore 37 17 7 2 3 0 6 4 5/11 3/7 4/5 3 4 25 -7
J. Green 27 11 8 1 0 0 1 1 5/6 0/0 1/2 2 6 20 -17
K. Simmons 27 11 3 1 3 1 3 6 5/10 0/1 1/1 1 2 17 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
X. Rathan-Mayes 27 9 1 7 1 1 2 4 4/12 0/4 1/2 0 1 24 0
W. Selden Jr. 15 7 0 1 0 0 1 0 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 0 8 -5
M. Henry 18 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 2/6 0/2 1/1 0 2 8 -11
D. Davis 18 4 3 3 1 1 0 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 15 +3
I. Rabb 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 3 0
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chalmers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 110 33 24 12 3 14 26 40/82 10/29 20/25 9 24 192 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 34 22 6 0 1 0 1 1 8/14 2/6 4/4 1 5 28 +18
K. Dunn 32 21 3 9 3 1 6 5 6/11 1/3 8/10 1 2 40 +12
Z. LaVine 33 21 2 5 1 0 2 1 8/14 1/4 4/6 0 2 32 +19
B. Portis 29 15 10 2 2 0 3 5 6/12 1/4 2/2 3 7 28 -1
J. Holiday 17 14 4 1 1 0 3 2 5/5 4/4 0/0 0 4 18 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 34 22 6 0 1 0 1 1 8/14 2/6 4/4 1 5 28 +18
K. Dunn 32 21 3 9 3 1 6 5 6/11 1/3 8/10 1 2 40 +12
Z. LaVine 33 21 2 5 1 0 2 1 8/14 1/4 4/6 0 2 32 +19
B. Portis 29 15 10 2 2 0 3 5 6/12 1/4 2/2 3 7 28 -1
J. Holiday 17 14 4 1 1 0 3 2 5/5 4/4 0/0 0 4 18 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vonleh 13 9 1 0 1 0 0 1 3/5 2/3 1/2 0 1 11 -9
D. Nwaba 24 8 4 1 0 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 2/3 2 2 13 -5
C. Payne 16 7 2 3 1 0 3 1 3/6 0/1 1/2 1 1 13 -3
D. Valentine 21 1 1 4 0 0 1 0 0/8 0/4 1/1 0 1 9 -2
C. Felicio 18 1 8 0 0 0 0 4 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 7 9 +10
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Lopez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Eddie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Zipser - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 119 41 25 10 1 20 22 42/79 11/29 24/32 9 32 201 +45