Windy City Upsets Lakeland 130-102
The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, collected their second consecutive win with a 130-102 victory over the Lakeland Magic on Friday night at Sears Centre Arena.
Six Bulls players scored in double figures led by Kaiser Gates who scored 20 points on six made threes. Mychal Mulder and CJ Fair tallied 19 points apiece, while JaKarr Sampson had 15 points, nine rebounds and career-high five assists. Rawle Alkins recorded 14 points, three rebounds and career-high-tying six assists, and Walt Lemon Jr. registered his 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 assists.
Two-Way player Troy Caupain led the charge for Lakeland by scoring 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. John Petrucelli posted a stat line of 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Gabe York had 13 points. Anthony Brown and Antonio Campbell notched 12 points apiece and Braian Angola-Rodas pitched in with 11 points off the bench.
Friday's contest featured the Magic who sit atop the Eastern Conference and the Bulls who lead the Central Division. Windy City opened the game by making four of their first six shots, which led to a 9-4 lead upon the first media timeout. Following the stoppage, the Bulls rattled off six consecutive points as part of an extended 10-0 run. Windy City went on to lead by as many as 14 points as they collectively shot 68 percent in the period. Lakeland trimmed the lead to as little as eight, but Alkins punctuated the quarter by draining back-to-back three-pointers with under a minute remaining. As a team, the Bulls shot 9-of-12 from three and led 36-23 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
Gates nailed a three-pointer to start the second quarter, which gave Windy City a 16-point advantage. However the separation didn't last long, as the Magic eventually cut the lead to the seven aided by a 10-2 spurt. That's as close as they would get in the first half as the Bulls managed to re-up their lead to 13. With the clock winding down, Caupain poured in a long ball to beat the buzzer. For the half, both teams shot 50 percent from the floor, but it was Windy City who owned a 64-54 lead at the intermission.
In similar fashion to the second quarter, the Bulls tallied the opening basket of the third quarter, but Lakeland responded by scoring eight of the next 12 points to make it a 69-62 game. With 6:06 remaining in the period, the Magic made it a two-possession game, but Windy City followed the Lakeland run with nine straight points of their own to push their advantage back to 15. The Bulls led by as many as 22 points and shot 66 percent in the frame. Windy City tallied 37 points the in stanza, outscored the Magic by eight and led 101-83 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Magic totaled six of the opening eight points in the fourth quarter to pull within 14. The Bulls answered with a 13-2 run which put the game on ice. With 2:26 remaining in the game, Thomas Wilder gave Windy City their largest lead at 30 on the Bulls 22nd three-pointer of the night. Lakeland led for a grand total of 21 seconds before Windy City controlled the contest for the final 46 minutes. The Bulls outscored the Magic 66-48 in the second half and won 130-102.
The Bulls tied their franchise-high with 23 made three-pointers and the 130 points scored was a season-high. With the victory, the Bulls are 2-0 against Lakeland this season and 4-1 all-time. The Bulls magic number stands at eight and they lead the Central Division by a game and a half.
Windy City will have an off day on Saturday before concluding their brief two-game home stand on Sunday afternoon against the Western Conference-leading Santa Cruz Warriors. Tip-off at Sears Centre is set for 2:00pm CT.
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