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Markkanen, hot-shooting Bulls top playoff-bound Wizards

CHICAGO (AP) After coach Fred Hoiberg went home sick, rookie Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls came out shooting feverishly.

Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago to a 113-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Bobby Portis had 18 points and hit 4 of 5 from long range, and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points. The Bulls shot 52.4 percent overall from the floor and were 18-for-34 on 3s - matching their season high - as Hoiberg missed the game with an upper-respiratory infection.

Hoiberg left United Center before tipoff, leaving associate head coach Jim Boylen to direct Chicago to its second straight win following a seven-game skid.

''I thought we were focused from the start,'' Boylen said. ''We talked about a first-quarter edge. I thought we had it.''

The Bulls sizzled early against the playoff-bound Wizards, who rested five-time All-Star John Wall.

Chicago shot 60.9 percent in the quarter and connected on 8 of 11 3-point attempts, with Markkanen and Portis each sinking three from long range.

Markkanen nailed his first 3 just over three minutes in to set an early rhythm.

''Of course it helps when you make the first one, but I always think it's going in,'' said the 20-year-old Finn. ''Just trying to take my normal shots and today they were falling a little bit better.''

''We ran a couple of things for him early just to get him to his spots where he can score and make plays,'' Boylen added.

The Bulls kept connecting. Chicago upped its field-goal percentage to 64.3 and went 11-for-17 on 3s in the first half. Markkanen led with 15 points and four 3-pointers at the break and Chicago ahead 68-59.

Otto Porter Jr. led the Wizards with 17 points. Bradley Beal scored 15 points and reserve Mike Scott added 14.

Wall remained on the bench against Chicago after playing 33 minutes in his first game in over two months on Saturday. The slick point guard had 15 points and 14 assists in the Wizards' playoff-clinching 107-93 win over Charlotte.

Before Saturday, Wall had last played on Jan. 25, six days before he underwent left knee surgery. The Wizards went 15-12 during that absence and they were flat on Sunday without their high-tempo star whom coach Scott Brooks called his team's ''Ferrari.''

''We made the playoffs, but are we just excited about making the playoffs?'' Brooks said. ''That's the question we have to ask.

''We weren't ready mentally. When you're not ready mentally you're not going to have a chance to win and that was the game tonight. They were just running their offense and we were chasing them around with no purpose.''

The Bulls opened a 15-point lead late in the first quarter before Washington finished the frame with a 6-0 run to cut it to 36-27. Getting a lift from Scott and others off their bench, the Wizards trimmed the Bulls' lead to four points three times in the second quarter.

The Bulls maintained their hot shooting pace throughout first half before cooling down in the second.

''They came out and just shot 3s,'' Beal said. ''That's pretty much all they did. For the most part, we couldn't guard the 3-point line.''

Chicago then effectively managed its lead - and used all but one bench player - before pulling away late.

NOT THE FIRST TIME

Boylen stepped in as a head coach once before, taking over for Gregg Popovich with San Antonio on Jan. 17, 2014, after Popovich was ejected in a loss to Portland.

''That's different than Fred calling me at 9 (a.m.), saying, `I think I'm struggling. You've got to be ready,''' Boylen said.

Boylen admitted he had fun coaching, but added, ''I feel bad for Fred. I've never seen him this sick before.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Brooks said Wall ''felt pretty good'' on Sunday, but plans for how to use the star in Washington's final five regular-season games haven't been finalized. Washington plays two back-to-back sets down the stretch. ... F Markieff Morris started on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms after nine minutes.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (left knee tendinitis) and G Kris Dunn (right toe sprain) both missed their ninth straight games. Hoiberg, who met with reporters before the game despite being ill, said their status is day-to-day. ... G Antonio Blakeney (left wrist fracture) and F Paul Zipser (left foot pain) also were inactive. ... Robin Lopez was back in the lineup, starting at center on his 30th birthday, after sitting out Friday's 90-82 win in Orlando. Lopez was fined $25,000 for yelling at officials and failing to leave the court quickly after he was ejected in the fourth quarter of Chicago's loss at Miami on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Visit Houston on Tuesday in the second game of a three-game trip.

Bulls: Host Charlotte on Tuesday.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 SG
L. Markkanen
24 PF
30.2 Min. Per Game 30.2
14.9 Pts. Per Game 14.9
1.2 Ast. Per Game 1.2
7.6 Reb. Per Game 7.6
46.0 Field Goal % 43.1
46.0 Three Point % 43.0
79.1 Free Throw % 84.9
  Defensive rebound by Sean Kilpatrick 0:18
  Jason Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  Defensive rebound by Jodie Meeks 0:28
  Jerian Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
  Defensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio 0:45
  Jason Smith missed alley-oop shot 0:47
+ 2 Cristiano Felicio made layup, assist by Jerian Grant 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 1:15
  Ramon Sessions missed jump shot 1:17
+ 3 Sean Kilpatrick made 3-pt. jump shot 1:23
+ 3 Mike Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ramon Sessions 1:36
Team Stats
Points 94 113
Field Goals 37-81 (45.7%) 43-82 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 8-30 (26.7%) 18-34 (52.9%)
Free Throws 12-12 (100.0%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 39 48
Offensive 6 6
Defensive 31 34
Team 2 8
Assists 27 30
Steals 5 7
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 16 17
Fouls 12 17
Technicals 2 1
15 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
23 PTS, 6 REB
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away team logo Wizards 42-35 2732161994
home team logo Bulls 26-51 36321926113
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 42-35 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Bulls 26-51 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
O. Porter SF 14.7 PPG 6.4 RPG 2.0 APG 50.3 FG%
L. Markkanen PF 15.2 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
O. Porter SF 17 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
L. Markkanen PF 23 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
45.7 FG% 52.4
26.7 3PT FG% 52.9
100.0 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Porter 30 17 3 0 1 0 1 1 7/12 3/7 0/0 2 1 20 -4
B. Beal 29 15 4 5 3 0 1 2 5/17 0/6 5/5 0 4 31 -7
M. Gortat 24 10 7 3 0 2 1 1 4/7 0/0 2/2 1 6 24 -7
T. Satoransky 32 9 5 6 0 1 4 2 3/5 1/2 2/2 1 4 23 -7
M. Morris 30 8 5 2 1 0 3 2 4/7 0/1 0/0 1 4 15 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Porter 30 17 3 0 1 0 1 1 7/12 3/7 0/0 2 1 20 -4
B. Beal 29 15 4 5 3 0 1 2 5/17 0/6 5/5 0 4 31 -7
M. Gortat 24 10 7 3 0 2 1 1 4/7 0/0 2/2 1 6 24 -7
T. Satoransky 32 9 5 6 0 1 4 2 3/5 1/2 2/2 1 4 23 -7
M. Morris 30 8 5 2 1 0 3 2 4/7 0/1 0/0 1 4 15 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Scott 21 14 4 2 0 0 1 0 5/10 2/5 2/2 0 4 21 -15
J. Meeks 18 9 3 1 0 0 2 0 3/4 2/3 1/1 0 3 12 -12
J. Smith 17 6 4 0 0 1 1 2 3/8 0/2 0/0 1 3 10 -15
K. Oubre 15 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 2/8 0/3 0/0 0 0 4 -10
R. Sessions 12 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 11 -9
T. Frazier 8 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 7 -5
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 94 37 27 5 4 16 12 37/81 8/30 12/12 6 31 178 -95
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 24 23 6 0 0 0 1 0 7/11 5/8 4/7 0 6 28 +2
J. Holiday 17 12 0 3 0 0 0 1 5/7 2/2 0/0 0 0 18 +14
D. Nwaba 19 10 6 5 2 0 1 1 4/10 0/1 2/2 2 4 27 +5
R. Lopez 16 6 4 3 0 0 2 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 4 14 +15
C. Payne 24 5 2 2 0 1 2 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 2 10 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 24 23 6 0 0 0 1 0 7/11 5/8 4/7 0 6 28 +2
J. Holiday 17 12 0 3 0 0 0 1 5/7 2/2 0/0 0 0 18 +14
D. Nwaba 19 10 6 5 2 0 1 1 4/10 0/1 2/2 2 4 27 +5
R. Lopez 16 6 4 3 0 0 2 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 4 14 +15
C. Payne 24 5 2 2 0 1 2 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 2 10 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 15 18 4 2 1 0 1 3 6/10 4/5 2/2 0 4 26 +12
S. Kilpatrick 23 14 6 2 0 0 1 1 6/13 2/5 0/0 0 6 23 +2
J. Grant 25 11 1 7 2 0 1 4 4/9 2/5 1/2 0 1 27 +17
D. Valentine 18 5 1 3 0 0 3 3 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 1 9 +10
N. Vonleh 17 5 2 1 1 0 3 1 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 2 7 +3
C. Felicio 21 4 8 0 0 0 1 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 4 11 +6
R. Arcidiacono 14 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 4 +7
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Eddie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Zipser - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 113 40 30 7 1 17 17 43/82 18/34 9/13 6 34 204 +95