The Rundown: Bulls halt Bucks’ winning streak

Published December 1, 2023, 8:00 PMMiguel Flores

The Bulls managed to escape the Bucks in overtime thanks to some heroics from Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso.



Trail Blazers 103, Cavaliers 95

Knicks 118, Pistons 112

Heat 142, Pacers 132

Hornets 129, Nets 128

Hawks 137, Spurs 135

Thunder 133, Lakers 110

Timberwolves 101, Jazz 90

Bulls 120, Bucks 113

Warriors 120, Clippers 114

What went down

The Caru-show was in its full glory in Chicago.

The GOAT sent a back-and-forth game against Milwaukee Bucks to overtime and eventually helped the Bulls escape with the win.

Caruso only had 11 points and five assists, but he got support from former All-Star Nikola Vucevic, who had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. The Bulls are still struggling out East with a 6-14 record.

The Bucks, on the other hand, had their mini hot streak stopped. They still have a 13-6 record and are getting better every game under new head coach Adrian Griffin and new star Damian Lillard.

In Miami, the Heat beat the Indiana Pacers at their own game, winning a fast-paced duel.

The Heat seem to have their season around after a slow start, winning six of their last nine games. Today, several Heat stars put up big numbers, led by Jimmy Butler’s 36 points and 11 rebounds.

For the Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton had another big game, dropping 44 points with 11 assists. The Pacers have built their team around Haliburton’s superpowers and are bent on setting new records with their break-neck pace.

Out West, the Minnesota Timberwolves continued to dominate early in the season. They stifled the Utah Jazz in a gritty defensive matchup.

It took them a season, but the Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns frontcourt has developed into a nightmare for opponents as the Wolves currently lead the league in defensive rating and points allowed. Towns also had another monster night, hanging 32 points and 11 rebounds on the Jazz. 

Minnesota leads the West standings early with a 14-4 record and they’ve low-key made it look easy.

Big-time baller

Trae Young saw Victor Wembanyama and thought target practice.

Young finished with 45 points and 14 assists. He had 20 points in the third quarter alone, when he shot 8-for-10 from the field. He even drew a game-clinching offensive foul.

Young and the Hawks have thrived in shootouts like this. Now, only if they can consistently get stops.

What he said

LeBron James stole headlines today. Yesterday, the James family announced that Bronny James was cleared for all basketball activities following his cardiac arrest last July.

Today, LeBron made it clear that he wasn’t going to miss Bronny’s first game, even if it fell on the same day as a Lakers game.

Did you see that?

The New York Knicks broadcast showed Mitchell Robinson’s old high school coach, who told a heart-warming story about his relationship with Robinson.

Extra pass

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics face off for a third time this season tomorrow, live on NBA TV Philippines at 8:30 AM.

This rivalry goes back to the 80s, but bad blood has festered recently, thanks to a couple of postseason matchups. Philly took the first game this season then Boston took the second game. Both games were close. Both had plenty of extracurricular activities. This should be fun.