NBA: Suns rally for bounce back win vs. Bulls

Field Level Media, Reuters

Posted at Feb 27 2021 01:36 PM

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Kamil Krzaczynski, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton scored 22 points apiece, and the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 106-97 win over the host Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Chris Paul notched a double-double with 14 points and 15 assists for Phoenix, which took its 13th win in the past 16 games. Chicago-area native Frank Kaminsky added 15 points off the bench for the Suns.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 24 points. Coby White scored 19 points and Thaddeus Young had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards for Chicago, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Phoenix took control with a 10-0 run to grab a 101-92 lead with 3:19 left. The run featured a jump shot by Paul, a 3-pointer by Mikal Bridges, an alley-oop dunk by Ayton and a 3-pointer by Cameron Johnson.

Chicago led by seven points with 8:12 to play after a 3-pointer by Ryan Arcidiacono made it 87-80. Bridges converted a 3-point play on the next possession to prompt the Suns' comeback.

The Bulls entered the fourth quarter with an 81-74 lead. A driving layup by LaVine made it 77-63 in favor of Chicago with 3:14 left in the third quarter, but the Suns bounced back with an 11-4 run.

Luke Kornet provided an unexpected burst of offense for the Bulls during the third quarter. 

Kornet, who entered Friday with nine points in eight games this season, hit a trio of 3-pointers in a span of 1:57 to match his scoring output for the entire 2020-21 campaign.

Chicago jumped to a 58-46 lead at the half.

Phoenix led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter before the Bulls rallied to pull even at 26-all. Booker's pull-up jump shot made it 22-11 with 4:14 remaining in the period.

In the second quarter, Phoenix inched its lead to 42-39 on a layup by Ayton with 5:12 left. 

But the Bulls responded once again with a strong finish, this time closing the quarter on a 19-4 run to establish a double-digit lead.

Phoenix shot 50 percent (44-of-88) from the field for the game. Chicago shot 49.4 percent (39-of-79).