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April

06
Lopez scores 28, Bucks beat Bulls 127-106 to clinch Central

Brook Lopez scored a season-high 28 points and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a rather quiet performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo to clinch their fourth straight Central Division championship with a 127-106 triumph over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. The defending NBA champion Bucks haven’t been on a run like this since Don Nelson’s teams won seven successive division titles in the 1980s. They took control early and came away with an easy win even though DeMar DeRozan scored 40 for Chicago. Antetokounmpo, trying to overtake LeBron James and Joel Embiid in a tight race for his first scoring title, concluded with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. But the two-time MVP started […]

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February

25
DeRozan continues streak with 37 points, Bulls beat Hawks

DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points while extending an NBA-record streak and the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls squeezed by the Atlanta Hawks 112-108 on Thursday night. DeRozan pushed his league mark of scoring at least 35 points while shooting 50% or better to eight consecutive matches. The five-time All-Star made 15 of 21 shots and had five points in the final minute, helping the Bulls pull out their sixth consecutive victory. DeRozan also made it nine matches in a row with 30 points or more, the longest such streak by a Bulls player since Michael Jordan did it in 10 straight from Dec. 25, 1990, to […]

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January

18
Bane, Morant score 25 apiece to lead Grizzlies past Bulls

Desmond Bane and Ja Morant scored 25 points each, and the Memphis Grizzlies dominated the short-handed Chicago Bulls 119-106 on Monday afternoon for their 12th victory in 13 games. Brandon Clarke added 15 points and seven rebounds, missing only one of his eight shots. “I thought our guys came out ready,” Memphis interim coach Darko Rajakovic said. “… I thought we did a really good job defensively. To be honest with you, I thought we were supposed to score even more. We missed a couple of chippies, a couple of open looks that we usually make.” DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 24 points and five assists, Ayo Dosunmu had 15 […]

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January

13
Jon Lester announces retirement after 16 seasons, three World Series titles

Three-time World Series champion and 200-game winner Jon Lester is retiring after a 16-year career. Lester, 38, told ESPN that his body just isn’t up for the rigors of a major league season anymore. He made 30 or more starts 12 times during his career and 28 during his final season split between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals. His résumé contains five All-Star appearances and a 2.51 postseason ERA. “It’s kind of run its course,” Lester said. “It’s getting harder for me physically. The little things that come up throughout the year turned into bigger things that hinder your performance. “I’d like to […]

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January

10
Doncic has triple-double, Mavericks beat Bulls 113-99

Luka Doncic had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season as the Dallas Mavericks defeated Chicago 113-99 on Sunday night for their season-best sixth consecutive win while snapping the Bulls’ nine-game winning streak. Josh Green and Maxi Kleber had season highs with 18 points each for Dallas. It was a career high for Green, who scored nine in the fourth quarter, and Kleber tied a career high hitting six shots behind the arc. Jalen Brunson added 17 points, Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 and Dwight Powell 10. The Mavericks’ streak is their longest since also winning six consecutive in March-April 2016. Looking for the best online […]

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December

23
Los Angeles Lakers need steady play from Russell Westbrook with roster depleted, acting head coach David Fizdale says

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost three matches in a row, have four players and their head coach in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and are still reeling from the news that Anthony Davis is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained MCL in his left knee. As the team tries to weather the maelstrom of maladies it is facing, former league MVP and nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook has taken it upon himself to try to pull them out of it. However, acting head coach David Fizdale — filling in for Frank Vogel while he is recovering from COVID-19 — said the […]

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December

06
DeMar DeRozan, short-handed Chicago Bulls hand Brooklyn Nets ‘bad, tough loss’

With DeMar DeRozan drawing James Harden and Kevin Durant with him on a drive into the paint, Lonzo Ball was all alone on the right wing as he launched a 3, crouched in anticipation and then turned toward courtside to the fans behind him after drilling a late dagger versus the Brooklyn Nets. Down four rotation players due to health and injuries, the Chicago Bulls kept their surprising start to the season by erasing an 11-point third-quarter deficit to give the Nets a stinging 111-107 loss at Barclays Center on Saturday night. The Bulls (16-8) have won three consecutive games and leave New York having beaten the Knicks at Madison Square Garden and the Nets […]

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December

02
Free-agent pitcher Marcus Stroman reaches 3-year deal with Chicago Cubs; contract for $71 million

Marcus Stroman rushed to the airport and caught a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago as soon as he got the word from his agent. The right-hander arrived just in time with a lockout looming, agreeing to a three-year contract that sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan is for $71 million. And the Cubs landed one of the top remaining starting pitchers on the free-agent market on Wednesday. “It’s one of the best franchises in all of sports and fan bases as well, so it’s extremely appealing to me,” Stroman said. “It sells out every single night. To pitch in front of […]

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October

13
Houston Astros finish off Chicago White Sox to reach 5th straight ALCS as Tony La Russa fumes over ‘intentional’ Jose Abreu plunking

The Houston Astros advanced to their fifth consecutive American League Championship Series on Tuesday by defeating the Chicago White Sox 10-1 in Game 4 of their best-of-five division series matchup. The Astros are the third team ever to appear in five consecutive league championship series, and first to do so since the Atlanta Braves reached eight straight from 1991 to 1999. For the second time in five days, Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. held the White Sox’s offense in check, giving up just a solo home run, to designated hitter Gavin Sheets, in the second inning. But McCullers left the game after four innings due to right forearm tightness. His […]

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September

27
Brewers on brink of NL Central title after Burnes beats Mets

Corbin Burnes pitched seven wonderful innings to win his ninth consecutive decision and the Milwaukee Brewers moved to the brink of clinching the NL Central title with a 2-1 triumph over the New York Mets on Saturday night. The Brewers, already assured a fourth consecutive playoff berth, can wrap up the division crown Sunday with a victory at home in the series finale versus the Mets or a Cardinals loss to the Cubs in Chicago. Milwaukee won its second straight following a five-game skid, including a four-game sweep at home by the second-place Cardinals, who have won a team-record 15 in a row. “I think […]

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