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Bulls snap 10-game losing streak, beat Cavaliers 104-88

CLEVELAND (AP) Somebody was bound to break a long skid Monday - Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls seized the opportunity.

LaVine scored 25 points and the Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

''It stinks to lose 10 in row,'' said guard Kris Dunn, who scored 13 points and was one of five Bulls to hit double figures. ''A game like this can galvanize us.''

Chicago (11-36) never trailed and has won all three games this season against Cleveland (9-39), which has lost 16 of 17 overall.

''We talked about the first quarter starts,'' Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. ''Our energy and spirit were good, kind of gave us momentum into the rest of the game.''

The Bulls hit 15 of 29 3-pointers and built a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. Chicago won for the first time since Dec. 28 against Washington.

Bobby Portis had 15 points while Lauri Markkanen added 13 for the Bulls, who have rolled to two lopsided wins at Cleveland in less than a month.

The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 99-98 in Chicago on Nov. 10 and routed Cleveland 112-92 on Dec. 23 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Rookie Collin Sexton scored 18 points, but had no assists in 29 minutes for the Cavaliers. Ante Zizic, who is seeing playing time because of injuries in Cleveland's frontcourt, had 13 points.

Chicago hit 12 of 22 shots in the first quarter and built a 15-point lead late in the period. Cleveland cut into the margin and trailed by six at halftime before the Bulls regained control by making five 3-pointers in the third quarter.

''We got a lot from a lot of guys,'' Boylen said. ''Kris was very good. Zach was real efficient, which we need him to be.''

The Cavaliers, in addition to dealing with several injuries, looked like a tired team after going 1-5 on a road trip that ended Saturday night in Denver. Cleveland missed its first eight shots and coach Larry Drew called timeout less than four minutes into the game.

''I'm not going to use that as an excuse or as crutch,'' Drew said. ''Early on, I could see they did not have their legs. We clearly didn't have the zap. I really thought at some point it would kick in, but we did not have it.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: The team announced after the game that C Wendell Carter Jr. had successful surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb Monday morning. The rookie is expected to be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks. The surgery was performed by Dr. John Fernandez at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush Hospital in Chicago ... Robin Lopez started at center and Portis saw minutes in the pivot. ... LaVine dunked off an alley-oop pass from Kris Dunn in the second quarter.

Cavaliers: C Tristan Thompson missed his third straight game because of a sore left foot. ''As long as he's feeling any kind of discomfort, we're going to keep him out,'' Drew said. Thompson missed 10 games in December with the injury. ... F Larry Nance Jr. is expected to miss two more weeks with a sprained right knee.

TOUGH TRIP

The Cavaliers' 11-day trip began Jan. 9 and finally ended Saturday. Cleveland broke a 12-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers, playing without the injured LeBron James, on Jan. 13.

The Cavaliers returned to Cleveland at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Their flight landed in the middle of a snowstorm that began early Saturday and lasted about 24 hours. The storm, which dumped about a foot of snow on the area, and made the drive home a challenge.

''A few guys got stuck in snow,'' Drew said. ''We were out in the middle of the intersection pushing cars. I don't believe I closed my eyes until about 6:30.''

GOOD BALANCE

Chicago had 11 players score and five were in double figures. Jabari Parker hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth and finished with 10. Lopez had eight points and nine rebounds.

NO ADVANTAGE

The Cavaliers haven't won at home since Dec. 12 against New York. Cleveland has lost eight in a row at Quicken Loans Arena.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Visit Boston on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Z. LaVine
8 PG
J. Clarkson
8 PG
26.6 Min. Per Game 26.6
16.9 Pts. Per Game 16.9
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
45.2 Field Goal % 45.1
45.0 Three Point % 45.0
85.8 Free Throw % 84.7
  Defensive rebound by Cristiano Felicio 0:16
  Ante Zizic missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Ante Zizic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Shooting foul on Ryan Arcidiacono 0:18
  Offensive rebound by Ante Zizic 0:18
  Jaron Blossomgame missed dunk 0:18
  Offensive rebound by Jaron Blossomgame 0:18
+ 1 Wayne Selden Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:30
+ 1 Wayne Selden Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 0:30
  Shooting foul on Ante Zizic 0:30
+ 2 Cameron Payne made finger-roll layup, assist by Ante Zizic 0:44
Team Stats
Points 104 88
Field Goals 36-76 (47.4%) 31-87 (35.6%)
3-Pointers 15-30 (50.0%) 6-27 (22.2%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 20-29 (69.0%)
Total Rebounds 58 52
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 42 27
Team 8 14
Assists 24 16
Steals 8 8
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 18 14
Fouls 26 18
Technicals 1 0
K. Dunn PG 32
13 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
13 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Bulls 11-36 31172828104
home team logo Cavaliers 9-39 1824252188
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 11-36 105.3 PPG 42.6 RPG 22.1 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 9-39 104.4 PPG 42.6 RPG 20.8 APG
Key Players
Z. LaVine PG 23.7 PPG 4.7 RPG 4.5 APG 46.7 FG%
C. Sexton PG 16.2 PPG 3.0 RPG 2.8 APG 42.5 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. LaVine PG 25 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
C. Sexton PG 18 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
47.4 FG% 35.6
50.0 3PT FG% 22.2
77.3 FT% 69.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 25 2 1 9/16 3/6 4/6 2 24 2 0 3 0 2 +13 28
K. Dunn 13 4 9 5/10 1/1 2/2 4 31 2 0 3 0 4 +18 34
L. Markkanen 13 8 0 5/11 3/5 0/0 2 31 0 0 2 1 7 +17 19
R. Lopez 8 9 4 4/9 0/1 0/0 3 23 1 1 1 5 4 +14 26
C. Hutchison 8 9 1 2/3 1/1 3/4 1 31 0 1 1 0 9 +17 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 25 2 1 9/16 3/6 4/6 2 24 2 0 3 0 2 +13 28
K. Dunn 13 4 9 5/10 1/1 2/2 4 31 2 0 3 0 4 +18 34
L. Markkanen 13 8 0 5/11 3/5 0/0 2 31 0 0 2 1 7 +17 19
R. Lopez 8 9 4 4/9 0/1 0/0 3 23 1 1 1 5 4 +14 26
C. Hutchison 8 9 1 2/3 1/1 3/4 1 31 0 1 1 0 9 +17 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Portis 15 5 1 6/10 3/6 0/0 3 18 1 0 2 1 4 +7 21
J. Parker 10 3 2 2/5 2/3 4/4 1 12 0 0 2 0 3 +3 15
W. Selden Jr. 5 3 1 1/5 0/2 3/4 5 25 0 0 1 1 2 +1 9
R. Arcidiacono 3 0 5 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 18 1 0 2 0 0 -2 12
S. Harrison 3 5 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 3 16 1 0 1 0 5 -2 8
A. Blakeney 1 1 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 -3 2
C. Felicio 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 -3 1
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Carter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 50 24 36/76 15/30 17/22 26 233 8 2 18 8 42 +80 194
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 18 3 0 7/17 2/6 2/3 0 29 2 0 1 1 2 -9 22
A. Zizic 13 9 2 4/7 0/0 5/6 5 28 1 1 1 1 8 -7 27
C. Osman 8 0 3 3/7 1/4 1/2 2 32 2 0 1 0 0 -18 15
R. Hood 4 2 2 1/8 0/2 2/2 2 26 0 1 0 1 1 -13 11
A. Burks 3 5 0 1/7 0/0 1/1 0 17 0 0 3 1 4 -19 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 18 3 0 7/17 2/6 2/3 0 29 2 0 1 1 2 -9 22
A. Zizic 13 9 2 4/7 0/0 5/6 5 28 1 1 1 1 8 -7 27
C. Osman 8 0 3 3/7 1/4 1/2 2 32 2 0 1 0 0 -18 15
R. Hood 4 2 2 1/8 0/2 2/2 2 26 0 1 0 1 1 -13 11
A. Burks 3 5 0 1/7 0/0 1/1 0 17 0 0 3 1 4 -19 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 12 5 4 4/12 0/5 4/5 2 19 1 0 5 2 3 -5 21
C. Payne 11 4 3 4/11 1/5 2/4 2 25 2 1 2 1 3 +2 22
C. Frye 9 1 0 3/4 2/2 1/2 1 19 0 0 0 0 1 -9 10
J. Blossomgame 7 6 0 3/8 0/0 1/2 1 16 0 1 0 4 2 +8 14
M. Dellavedova 3 2 2 1/6 0/3 1/2 2 18 0 0 1 0 2 -7 8
D. Adel 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 -3 1
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nance Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 38 16 31/87 6/27 20/29 18 234 8 4 14 11 27 -80 156