Kris Dunn becomes first Bulls player with 17+ assists since Derrick Rose
Dunn finished with 17 assists for the Bulls on top of his 16 points and five rebounds in 40 minutes. The 24-year-old point guard became the first Chicago player to register at least 17 assists in a game since Derrick Rose in 2011. Rose also tallied 17 dimes in a 95-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on March 26, 2011:
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Dunn almost propelled the Bulls to an upset win over the Pacers. Aside from his 17 assists, the former Providence standout also made big plays in offense, including a dunk over Pacers center Myles Turner:
Good lord Kris Dunn, that man has a family! 😤pic.twitter.com/6ttAFaCbpR
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) January 5, 2019
However, the Bulls fell short, as Indiana escaped with 119-116 win at the United Center. The Bulls actually had a chance to force another extra period, but Zach LaVine’s 3-point conversion did not make it in time, allowing the Pacers to walk away with the hard-earned win.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 36 points on top of seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. The 26-year-old All-Star guard also made the go-ahead 3-pointer that gave Indiana the win in the final moments.
Domantas Sabonis provided a huge lift off the bench, as he ended up with a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and five rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 13 points and six rebounds, and Tyreke Evans posted 10 points for Indiana, who improved to 26-12 this season.
On the other hand, LaVine paced the Bulls with 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting, while Lauri Markkanen added 27 points and nine assists. Wendell Carter Jr. added 15 points and eight boards, but it was not still not enough as the Bulls took their 29th loss in 39 games.