Bulls 86, Mavericks 73 - Four players from Chicago scored in double digits as the Bulls just slowly pulled further and further away from the Mavericks on Thursday. Bobby Portis led the way with a game high 19 points by shooting 9-of-13 from the field, while the Mavericks shot just 37.5% for the game and 30.4% from behind the three point line.
Vander Blue came off the bench for 24 minutes here, shooting 4-of-9 for nine points. He also wrapped up five rebounds and dished three assists along the way.
Cavaliers 88, Lakers 80 - It looked like the #3 seeded Lakers were on their way to quarterfinals with ease at halftime. Los Angeles led 52-36 at the break, and things seemed like they were going well.
Then the Lakers scored just 28 points in the entire second half. For context, they scored 31 in the second quarter alone. #14 seeded Cleveland exploded for 29 points in the third quarter and blew right past the Lakers in the fourth to advance in the Vegas tournament. Jordan McCrae led the way for the winners with 36 points.
Four Lakers scored in double digits in defeat, including your man Jamil Wilson. He got just short of 19 minutes of burn here, shooting 4-of-6 to score 10 points. He hit two of his three long range attempts and added one assist and one rebound.
The pair of losses send both of Marquette’s former players to the consolation round. The consolation round is just one day of games, so regardless of whether Los Angeles wins or loses, Jamil Wilson will find himself without anything to do on Saturday. That will make him available to be at The Tournament in Chicago, but we’ll have to wait to see how available to play he’ll be after not being able to leave Las Vegas until after midnight Central time.
Today’s Schedule (all times Central):
9pm: Dallas vs Golden State (ESPN2)
9:30pm: LA Lakers vs Utah (NBA TV)