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Bulls hang on to beat Grizzlies 106-99

CHICAGO (AP) Although closing out games remains a struggle, the Chicago Bulls have hung on to win two straight after several losses in similar situations earlier in the season.

Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 106-99 on Wednesday night after nearly losing a 22-point lead.

Lauri Markkanen had 15 points as the Bulls won consecutive games for the first time.

Monday in Sacramento, the Bulls had a 19-point lead reduced to two late before winning 113-106.

''We gave up our lead again, but just like we did in Sacramento, we made big plays down the stretch,'' LaVine said. ''We kept our composure.''

While happy with the wins, Chicago coach Jim Boylen hopes for more consistency to avoid the wild swings.

''We play good basketball for 12, 15 minutes, then we play five minutes of poor basketball,'' Boylen said. ''Then it flips. Now we've got to get back and re-engage, play good basketball again.

''We're learning how to do that. You've got to handle those spurts. You've got to try to get back in the flow. I thought in the last two games, we had enough plays to do that, settle down.''

Jonas Valanciunas had 32 points and 13 rebounds, and Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jae Crowder each scored 15 points for Memphis, which has dropped eight of nine.

Rookie Ja Morant, the Grizzlies' leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, missed his third straight game with back soreness.

''I was doing everything that I can,'' Valanciunas said. ''We need some wins. We've got to pull some out.''

The Bulls scored the game's first seven points and had a 13-2 lead after four minutes. Scoring consistently was a problem for Memphis throughout the first half.

Chicago had its biggest lead at 50-28 with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the second before the Grizzlies scored the final seven points of the quarter to make it 50-35 at halftime.

LaVine opened the scoring in the third quarter to make it 52-35, but Memphis then ran off eight straight to pull within 52-43.

A few minutes later, the Chicago lead was down to 61-55 following a five-point possession. De'Anthony Melton was fouled on a clear-path call and sank both free throws. After the Grizzlies inbounded the ball, Crowder hit a 3-pointer.

That was as close as Memphis would get in the third. The Bulls closed the quarter with a 17-5 run for a 78-64 edge heading into the fourth.

Chicago was leading 82-70 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining before the Grizzlies went on a 17-6 run to make it 88-87 with 4 1/2 minutes to play.

LaVine, though, answered with five quick points and Kris Dunn hit a 3-pointer with 3 minutes left to get the lead back up to 96-87. The Bulls hung on from there.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Valanciunas returned after missing the previous two games with flu-like symptoms. Before the game, coach Taylor Jenkins thought he might have to limit his center's minutes, but he played 29 minutes, more than his season average of 24.6. ''I was winded,'' he said. ''A nice way to put it.'' . Rookie F Brandon Clarke (left oblique soreness) and F Kyle Anderson (right heel soreness) also sat out.

Bulls: The team still is awaiting the results of a follow-up MRI on F Otto Porter (left foot bone bruise) to determine how much longer he'll be sidelined. Porter hasn't played since Nov. 6 at Atlanta . F Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder sprain) missed his third straight game ... The Bulls have won six straight against Memphis.

IN THE CLUTCH

LaVine has scored at least 25 points in each of the last four games and has been making big plays down the stretch.

''When we get down to the nitty gritty, I have to put my hard hat on and make some plays,'' he said. ''It's not just me. I think I made two, I made a pass to (Dunn) and he made a big one and (Markkanen) made a big one as well.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At the Utah Jazz on Saturday night in the second of a four-game road trip.

Bulls: Host Golden State on Friday night after the Warriors won 104-90 last week in the first meeting.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:40   Tyus Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky  
11:18 +3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 0-3
11:08   Turnover on Jonas Valanciunas  
10:54 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 0-5
10:39   Dillon Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
10:31 +2 Kris Dunn made jump shot 0-7
10:10 +2 Jae Crowder made floating jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 2-7
9:52 +3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 2-10
9:31   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed turnaround jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
9:14   Tomas Satoransky missed floating jump shot  
9:10   Offensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky  
8:57   Wendell Carter Jr. missed hook shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder  
8:41   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:38   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
8:29   Wendell Carter Jr. missed jump shot  
8:26   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
8:12   Jonas Valanciunas missed layup  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
8:07 +3 Zach LaVine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 2-13
7:44 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made layup, assist by Dillon Brooks 4-13
7:34   Kris Dunn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:32   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
7:29   Personal foul on Kris Dunn  
7:23   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:18   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
7:01   Tomas Satoransky missed driving layup  
6:59   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
6:49   Solomon Hill missed jump shot  
6:45   Offensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
6:40 +2 Tyus Jones made jump shot, assist by Jaren Jackson Jr. 6-13
6:29 +2 Lauri Markkanen made hook shot, assist by Kris Dunn 6-15
6:18 +2 Tyus Jones made fade-away jump shot, assist by Jae Crowder 8-15
5:58 +2 Kris Dunn made driving layup 8-17
5:45 +2 Jae Crowder made floating jump shot, assist by Solomon Hill 10-17
5:38   Offensive foul on Wendell Carter Jr.  
5:38   Turnover on Wendell Carter Jr.  
5:25 +2 Grayson Allen made floating jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 12-17
5:14   Personal foul on Tyus Jones  
5:09   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Grayson Allen  
5:02   Out of bounds turnover on Grayson Allen  
4:46   Offensive foul on Wendell Carter Jr.  
4:46   Turnover on Wendell Carter Jr.  
4:30 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made finger-roll layup, assist by De'Anthony Melton 14-17
4:20 +2 Zach LaVine made alley-oop shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 14-19
4:11   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:09   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
4:05   Shooting foul on Grayson Allen  
4:05 +1 Zach LaVine made 1st of 3 free throws 14-20
4:05 +1 Zach LaVine made 2nd of 3 free throws 14-21
4:05 +1 Zach LaVine made 3rd of 3 free throws 14-22
3:53   Grayson Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:52   MEM team rebound  
3:46   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed layup, blocked by Daniel Gafford  
3:40   Offensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
3:40 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made dunk 16-22
3:27 +2 Zach LaVine made reverse layup 16-24
3:16   Offensive foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
3:16   Turnover on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
2:58   5-second inbounding violation turnover  
2:47   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:44   Defensive rebound by Denzel Valentine  
2:38   Coby White missed floating jump shot  
2:36   Offensive rebound by Coby White  
2:27   Ryan Arcidiacono missed jump shot  
2:24   Defensive rebound by Grayson Allen  
2:12   Marko Guduric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:09   Defensive rebound by Coby White  
2:05   Coby White missed layup  
2:03   Defensive rebound by Grayson Allen  
2:00   Grayson Allen missed layup, blocked by Daniel Gafford  
2:00   MEM team rebound  
1:55   De'Anthony Melton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:51   Defensive rebound by Coby White  
1:45   Bad pass turnover on Ryan Arcidiacono, stolen by De'Anthony Melton  
1:42   Shooting foul on Coby White  
1:42 +1 Marko Guduric made 1st of 2 free throws 17-24
1:42 +1 Marko Guduric made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-24
1:35   Offensive foul on Coby White  
1:35   Turnover on Coby White  
1:25   Dillon Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22   Defensive rebound by Coby White  
1:17   Denzel Valentine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:15   Defensive rebound by De'Anthony Melton  
1:07 +2 De'Anthony Melton made driving layup 20-24
0:54   Thaddeus Young missed driving layup  
0:51   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
0:41   Dillon Brooks missed jump shot  
0:35   Offensive rebound by Bruno Caboclo  
0:35   Bruno Caboclo missed dunk  
0:35   Defensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
0:23   Ryan Arcidiacono missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:21   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
0:00   De'Anthony Melton missed jump shot  
0:00   MEM team rebound  
0:01   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:00 +3 Ryan Arcidiacono made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 20-27
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Thaddeus Young missed layup, blocked by Bruno Caboclo  
11:42   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
11:41 +3 Denzel Valentine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 20-30
11:22 +2 Dillon Brooks made floating jump shot 22-30
11:06   Thaddeus Young missed layup, blocked by Bruno Caboclo  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
10:49   Bruno Caboclo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47   Offensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
10:47   Shooting foul on Denzel Valentine  
10:47 +1 Jonas Valanciunas made 1st of 2 free throws 23-30
10:47 +1 Jonas Valanciunas made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-30
10:36   Personal foul on Dillon Brooks  
10:29   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:27   Offensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
10:18   Coby White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:15   Defensive rebound by Dillon Brooks  
10:08   Personal foul on Daniel Gafford  
9:59   Jonas Valanciunas missed floating jump shot  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Ryan Arcidiacono  
9:46   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:46   Coby White missed free throw  
9:46   CHI team rebound  
9:39 +2 Denzel Valentine made jump shot, assist by Ryan Arcidiacono 24-32
9:29   Traveling violation turnover on Jonas Valanciunas  
9:08 +3 Denzel Valentine made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Coby White 24-35
8:47   Yuta Watanabe missed layup  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
8:38   Bad pass turnover on Wendell Carter Jr., stolen by Dillon Brooks  
8:34   Dillon Brooks missed jump shot, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
8:28   Defensive rebound by Denzel Valentine  
8:26 +3 Coby White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Denzel Valentine 24-38
8:02   Solomon Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
7:46 +2 Thaddeus Young made layup 24-40
7:32   Personal foul on Thaddeus Young  
7:23   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed floating jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
7:05   Lost ball turnover on Wendell Carter Jr., stolen by Dillon Brooks  
7:02   Tyus Jones missed layup  
7:02   CHI team rebound  
6:51   Bad pass turnover on Denzel Valentine, stolen by Solomon Hill  
6:39   Personal foul on Denzel Valentine  
6:27   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:23   Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine  
6:17   Lost ball turnover on Lauri Markkanen, stolen by Solomon Hill  
6:10   Lost ball turnover on Solomon Hill, stolen by Zach LaVine  
5:54 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made layup 24-42
5:54   Shooting foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
5:54   Wendell Carter Jr. missed free throw  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Solomon Hill  
5:30   Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:28   MEM team rebound  
5:29   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:14 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made layup, assist by Lauri Markkanen 24-44
5:14   Shooting foul on Solomon Hill  
5:14 +1 Wendell Carter Jr. made free throw 24-45
5:04   Personal foul on Kris Dunn  
5:04 +1 Tyus Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 25-45
5:04 +1 Tyus Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-45
4:50   Lost ball turnover on Kris Dunn, stolen by Jae Crowder  
4:44   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
4:31   Bad pass turnover on Zach LaVine, stolen by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
4:27   Tyus Jones missed layup, blocked by Lauri Markkanen  
4:27   MEM team rebound  
4:20   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed layup, blocked by Wendell Carter Jr.  
4:20   MEM team rebound  
4:18 +2 Solomon Hill made jump shot, assist by Grayson Allen 28-45
3:56 +3 Kris Dunn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tomas Satoransky 28-48
3:39   Solomon Hill missed turnaround jump shot  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
3:24 +2 Wendell Carter Jr. made layup, assist by Kris Dunn 28-50
3:08   Dillon Brooks missed layup, blocked by Zach LaVine  
3:08   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
3:03   Bad pass turnover on Lauri Markkanen, stolen by De'Anthony Melton  
2:54 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made turnaround jump shot, assist by Jae Crowder 30-50
2:29   Tomas Satoransky missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:24   Defensive rebound by De'Anthony Melton  
2:19   Dillon Brooks missed layup, blocked by Wendell Carter Jr.  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
2:11   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:58   Personal foul on Daniel Gafford  
1:58   Personal foul on Daniel Gafford  
1:58 +1 Jonas Valanciunas made 1st of 2 free throws 31-50
1:58   Jonas Valanciunas missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
1:47   Personal foul on Jonas Valanciunas  
1:39   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:36   Defensive rebound by De'Anthony Melton  
1:27   Dillon Brooks missed jump shot  
1:24   Offensive rebound by Dillon Brooks  
1:18 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made alley-oop shot, assist by De'Anthony Melton 33-50
1:01   Zach LaVine missed driving layup, blocked by Jonas Valanciunas  
0:45   Bad pass turnover on De'Anthony Melton, stolen by Kris Dunn  
0:45   Bad pass turnover on De'Anthony Melton, stolen by Kris Dunn  
0:42   Tomas Satoransky missed layup, blocked by Dillon Brooks  
0:38   Offensive rebound by Kris Dunn  
0:37   Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
0:17   De'Anthony Melton missed jump shot  
0:08   Offensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
0:08 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made dunk 35-50
0:00   Lost ball turnover on Zach LaVine, stolen by De'Anthony Melton  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Tomas Satoransky missed floating jump shot  
11:41   Offensive rebound by Wendell Carter Jr.  
11:34   Jumpball  
11:27   Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
11:14   De'Anthony Melton missed layup, blocked by Lauri Markkanen  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen  
11:08 +2 Zach LaVine made driving layup, assist by Kris Dunn 35-52
11:00   Personal foul on Kris Dunn