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Ball, Bulls Defeat Mavericks With 3-Point Barrage

The shots kept falling as Lonzo Ball and the Bulls shot nearly 50% from the three-point line in their defeat of Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks 117-107 on Wednesday night behind excellent shooting from the three-point line. Overall, the Bulls shot 48% from downtown (15-31).

Lonzo Ball scored all 21 of his points from three-point range at a 7-10 clip. Zach Lavine led all Chicago scorers with 23 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting.

The performance from behind the three-point line eclipsed the Bulls’ previous averages of 35% and 9.5 three-pointers made. The win improves the Bulls’ record to 8-3 and marks their fourth straight victory against the Mavericks.

Vucevic, Ball Lead Way in First Half

The performance of Nikola Vucevic was a sight for sore eyes. Coming into this game, Vucevic was shooting a nine-year-low 13.2 points per game and a career-low 37.8% from the field. Tonight, the forward was a key contributor to the Bulls’ quick start.

Vucevic put in an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double performance. Nine of those points came in the first quarter and helped the Bulls stay within striking distance in the first half.

Lonzo Ball was key early on as well, making five of his three-point attempts in the opening 24 minutes. He even punctuated a Bulls 12-1 run in the second quarter with a three-point make off an athletic Javonte Green rebound. That run led to a 61-54 Bulls halftime lead.

It Was the Caru-Show in the Second Half

The Mavericks bench was outscored by the Bulls 31-27, and a big reason behind that was Bulls’ guard Alex Caruso. One of the Bulls’ acquisitions this offseason, the Texas A&M product has quickly become a fan-favorite in Chicago.

Caruso scored a season-high 16 points and recorded a career-high six steals against Dallas. He recorded 11 of those 16 points in the third quarter and was crucial in extending the Bulls lead to 15 heading into the fourth quarter. It was a lead that never fell back into single digits as the Bulls won by 10 points.

Doncic Held in Check

Chicago did a great job keeping the Mavericks’ main man in check. Luka Doncic did score 20 points, but that total came on an inefficient 6-18 shooting from the field, including just 1-6 from beyond the arc.

Kristaps Porzingis secured a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points for Dallas.

What’s On Tap Next?

The 8-3 Bulls will begin a five-game West Coast road trip on Friday night as they take on the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry and company hold the NBA’s best record thus far at 9-1.

Be sure to check out the Bulls On Tap podcast for further postgame reaction as well as Chicago basketball analysis and commentary all season.

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I love soccer. Write about Fire, Red Stars, U.S. National Teams, Chicago House, and more. Occasional writer for Bulls and Cubs. Follow me on Twitter (@just_wasik).

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