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Brooks scores 32, Grizzlies pull away to beat Bulls 126-115

CHICAGO (AP) – Dylan Brooks scored a season-high 32 points and the Memphis Grizzlies took control in the second half to beat the Chicago Bulls 126-115 on Friday night.

Brooks had 15 points in the third quarter to lead Memphis’ charge. The game was tied at the end of both the first and second quarters before the Grizzlies took control to beat the Bulls for the second time this week.

Jonas Valanciunas scored the first points of the second half and Ja Morant buried a 3-pointer after Chicago scored, forcing Bulls coach Billy Donovan to call a timeout a little over a minute into the half. Memphis never trailed the rest of the game.

Valanciunas added 16 points and seven rebounds while Morant scored 15. Xavier Tillman added 14 points off the bench.

Coby White led the way for the Bulls with 27 points as the team played without All-Star Zach LaVine, who was sidelined by the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

White had his biggest game since he scored 30 points against New Orleans on Feb. 10, but it wasn’t enough for Chicago, which lost its fifth straight and 11th of 14.

Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.

Chicago trailed by nine at the end of the third quarter. Memphis started the fourth on a 9-2 run, highlighted by Desmond Bane’s 3-pointer and a hook shot by Valanciunas to make 103-87. The Grizzlies led by 10 or more the rest of the way.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Donovan said LaVine wouldn’t be back in the next few days. “Everybody’s dealing with this and we obviously are missing a really good player. It’s fortunate that Zach, outside of his ankle, has been predominantly healthy for most of the year, so that part’s been great to have him available, but now he’s not.” … G Tomas Satoransky missed Friday’s game with a non-COVID-19 related illness. … Chicago canceled its shootaround on Friday but Donovan said no one else was impacted by LaVine’s absence.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Visit Milwaukee on Saturday.

Bulls: Host Cleveland on Saturday.

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