The Memphis Grizzlies took down the Chicago Bulls 98-91 at Chicago’s United Center on Wednesday night.
This win moves the Grizz to their second-straight victory following a five-game losing streak.
Standouts Marc Gasol and Mike Conley each dropped 27 points to lift Memphis to victory, and they also finished with seven assists apiece. Memphis’ starters led the way on the boards, beating Chicago’s first five 31-26, while the Grizz also upended the Bulls 52-45 in total rebounds.
“Our defense has been much more consistent,” Gasol said. “We’ve been trusting the guy behind us a lot more, and the guy behind us has been there more often.”
At the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted up at 24. By halftime, Memphis held a slim 30-26 lead that, ultimately, the hometown Bulls could not overcome. They never led in the second half, while the dynamic duo of Conley and Gasol combined for 18 of Memphis’s 24 fourth-quarter points.
This loss moves the Bulls to 32-36, and it also serves as the sixth loss in the past seven games for Chicago.
A bigger loss, however, might be that of Dwyane Wade, who suffered a sprained right elbow late in the fourth quarter. So far this season, Wade has finished second to Jimmy Butler with 18.8 points per game, and he also finishes second to Butler with 1.8 steals per game.
While Wade will certainly be a concern, the Bulls were led by Rajon Rondo. He had 17 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Butler and Nikola Mirotić posted 14 points apiece.
The win moves Memphis to 38-30. Their next matchup is on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks at Phillips Arena, while the Bulls face the Washington Wizards in Seattle on Friday.