ANKARA – The Chicago Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers, 113-105, late on Sunday to record their third consecutive victory.
The Bulls took control of the game early as Zach LaVine finished with 32 points after returning from the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points for the Bulls, who played without Lonzo Ball and coach Billy Donovan due to Covid-19 protocols.
For the Pacers, Caris LeVert scored 27 points and Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
The Bulls has won 20 games and lost 10 to sit second in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers dropped to a 14-20 win-loss record.
Heats’ Yurtseven scores career high
In another game, the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic, 93-83, with Turkish player Omer Yurtseven playing with a career-high in points and rebounds.
He finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds in his first start, while Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin each added 17 points for the winning side.
Gabe Vincent and Max Strus each scored 13 points for the Heat.
For the losing side, Gary Harris scored 20, RJ Hampton 14, and Franz Wagner 13.
The Heat are in the fourth position in the Eastern Conference standings with 21 wins and 14 losses.
Other Sunday’s results: Washington Wizards – Philadelphia 76ers: 96-117; Sacramento Kings – Memphis Grizzlies: 102-127; Cleveland Cavaliers – Toronto Raptors: 144-99; San Antonio Spurs – Detroit Pistons: 144-109; Oklahoma City Thunder – New Orleans Pelicans: 117-112; and, Los Angeles Clippers – Denver Nuggets: 100-103. (Anadolu)