Chicago Bulls Hang On To Beat The Dallas Mavericks 109-107

March 2, 2020

Wendell Carter Jr. wouldn’t mind returning to power forward.
Wendell Carter Jr. wouldn’t mind returning to power forward. Nick Wass/AP

Coby White scored 19 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 18 in his return from a broken left foot and the Chicago Bulls beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-107 before 18,407 at the United Center Monday night.

Porter’s spirited performance after missing 51 games with a broken foot dropped 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 17 minutes.

Denzel Valentine added a season-high 17 points and the Bulls won for just the second time in 12 games even though leading scorer Zach LaVine sat out with a strained left quadriceps.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led Dallas with 26 points. Luka Doncic scored 23 after sitting out Sunday’s win at Minnesota because of a sprained left thumb. Finney-Smith added 18 points. But with Kristaps Porzingis and Seth Curry (lower back tightness) sitting out after dominating the previous day, the Mavericks lost for the second time in three games.

Mavericks back-up point guard Jalen Brunson, the son of former Bulls player Rick Brunson who won a state championship at Stevenson in 2015 and NCAA titles at Villanova in 2016 and 2018, missed his fifth consecutive game after suffering a right shoulder injury against the Hawks on Feb. 22.

Wendell Carter Jr.  grew up playing power forward, he played it in high school, and he played the position during his one season at Duke, interchanging with fellow big man Marvin Bagley III. Since making him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft, however, the Bulls have found Carter’s skills more suitable at center.

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