Nikola Vucevic’s double-double powers Bulls past Cavs

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Antigoni Zachari

13/Mar/22 09:08

Eurohoops.net

Nikola Vucevic stepped up big time to lead the efforts of the Chicago Bulls in their 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

Nikola Vucevic scored in double-double figures to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-91 at home Saturday. The Montenegrin big had 20 points and 14 rebounds along with 2 steals for the Bulls who took a 2-1 lead in their regular-season series, while DeMar DeRozan posted 25 points. Cavs‘ Darius Garland matched DeRozan’s game-high with 25 points, while Cedi Osman added 14 points and 3 rebounds in 33 minutes while coming from the bench.

Jordan Clarkson kept the Utah Jazz intact against the Sacramento Kings, leading his team to victory with a new career-high of 45 points. The Jazz held on to prevail with a 134-125 and swept the regular-season series, despite missing Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley. Bojan Bogdanovic added 26 points to Jazz’s efforts and Donovan Mitchell contributed 25, while Hassan Whiteside had a game-high 21 rebounds to go along with 12 points. DeAaron Fox scored 41 points and 11 assists for the Kings.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists though his efforts weren’t enough to help the Milwaukee Bucks overcome the Golden State Warriors on the road, with the home team grabbing a 122-109 victory. Klay Thompson was hot from the three-point line to add a season-best 38 points (8-of-14 3s), along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jordan Poole had 30 points and Andrew Wiggins added 21 for the Warriors.

Nikola Jokic once again flirted with triple-double figures, adding 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the Denver Nuggets, though the Toronto Raptors emerged with a 127-115 victory on the road. Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 33 points, Scotti Barnes added 25 points and Chris Boucher had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds while coming off of the bench.

Josh Hart had a career-high night, scoring 44 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Washington Wizards with a 127-118 victory. It wasn’t just Hart though who enjoyed a career-best in Portland’s win, as teammates Trenton Watford and Drew Eubanks also scored career-highs with 27 and 20 points respectively, as the team swept the regular-season series. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope paced the Wizards with 26 points and Kyle Kuzma added 22 points.

The Minnesota Timberwolves overcame with Miami Heat 113-104 with all players but one scoring in double digits. Jaylen Nowell highlighted the team’s performance with 16 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each scored 15 points apiece. Tyler Herro scored 30 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat, while Bam Adebayo and Max Strus both had 19 points.

Tyrese Haliburton dropped a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists to help the Indiana Pacers survive the San Antonio Spurs 119-108 on the road, while also snapping a three-game skid. A night after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made history as the winningest coach in the NBA, the Spurs were led by Jock Landale’s 26-point performance, while Lonnie Walker added 20 points and Tre Jones was close to triple-double figures with 9 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

NBA March 12 results:

Chicago Bulls – Cleveland Cavaliers 101-91
Miami Heat – Minnesota Timberwolves 104-113
San Antonio Spurs – Indiana Pacers 108-119
Golden State Warriors – Milwaukee Bucks 122-109
Denver Nuggets – Toronto Raptors 115-127
Utah Jazz – Sacramento Kings 134-125
Portland Trail Blazers – Washington Wizards 127-118

NBA standings (via nba.com)

Eastern Conference
TEAM W L WIN% GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD OT LAST 10 STREAK

1 Miami Heat

45 24 .652 29-13 11-2 24-9 21-15 1-3 7-3 L 1

2 Milwaukee Bucks

42 26 .618 2.5 26-18 9-3 24-12 18-14 0-2 7-3 L 1
40 25 .615 3 24-16 6-8 19-14 21-11 2-1 7-3 L 1

4 Chicago Bulls

41 26 .612 3 26-17 9-4 25-10 16-16 0-1 5-5 W 2
41 27 .603 3.5 30-16 9-6 24-11 17-16 4-2 8-2 W 5

6 Cleveland Cavaliers

38 29 .567 6 23-18 8-5 20-11 18-18 0-0 3-7 L 2

7 Toronto Raptors

37 30 .552 7 23-19 7-5 17-15 20-15 2-1 5-5 W 3
34 33 .507 10 24-18 8-6 13-18 21-15 2-0 4-6 W 2
33 35 .485 11.5 21-22 5-7 16-17 17-18 0-7 4-6 W 1
32 34 .485 11.5 20-22 8-5 20-13 12-21 0-1 6-4 W 1

11 Washington Wizards

29 37 .439 14.5 22-21 6-7 17-17 12-20 3-1 3-7 L 3
28 39 .418 16 14-25 4-9 13-19 15-20 1-2 3-7 L 1

13 Indiana Pacers

23 45 .338 21.5 11-33 2-13 15-19 8-26 4-4 4-6 W 1
18 49 .269 26 14-27 5-8 11-22 7-27 3-1 6-4 L 2

15 Orlando Magic – o

18 50 .265 26.5 10-32 2-11 8-23 10-27 0-2 5-5 W 2
Western Conference
TEAM W L WIN% GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD OT LAST 10 STREAK

Phoenix Suns – x

53 14 .791 30-9 6-4 28-8 25-6 1-0 6-4 L 1
46 22 .676 7.5 30-14 8-5 24-10 22-12 2-1 6-4 W 2

3 Golden State Warriors

46 22 .676 7.5 28-16 10-3 28-7 18-15 0-2 4-6 W 3

4 Utah Jazz

42 25 .627 11 28-15 13-1 24-10 18-15 1-0 6-4 W 1
41 26 .612 12 30-15 12-2 23-12 18-14 1-2 8-2 W 1

6 Denver Nuggets

40 28 .588 13.5 25-19 5-9 20-13 20-15 3-0 7-3 L 2

7 Minnesota Timberwolves

39 30 .565 15 26-18 11-4 22-12 17-18 2-1 8-2 W 1

8 LA Clippers

35 34 .507 19 21-24 7-7 20-14 15-20 0-2 6-4 L 1
29 37 .439 23.5 16-25 3-10 20-16 9-21 6-2 3-7 W 1
27 40 .403 26 18-22 4-8 15-19 12-21 1-2 4-6 L 4

11 Portland Trail Blazers

26 40 .394 26.5 11-30 1-12 17-18 9-22 0-1 4-6 W 1

12 San Antonio Spurs

26 42 .382 27.5 16-22 4-7 13-21 13-21 1-3 4-6 L 1

13 Sacramento Kings

24 45 .348 30 17-28 5-7 15-20 9-25 1-0 2-8 L 4
20 46 .303 32.5 14-29 4-8 9-24 11-22 3-1 3-7 L 4
17 50 .254 36 9-33 3-9 10-22 7-28 2-1 2-8 L 1

x – clinched Playoff berth
o – eliminated

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