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Nikola Vucevic’s epic 106-game streak ends with Bulls scuffling

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It has been a while since Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic scored below 10 points in an NBA game: 106 games to be exact. Unfortunately, that amazing streak came to an end on Wednesday in the Bulls’ 121-105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Bulls coordinator Jeff Mangurten confirmed this after Vooch only put up a meager nine points against the Cavs.

It just wasn’t Nikola Vucevic’s night from the get-go against Cleveland, as he never really found his groove all game long. His nine-point outing is a result of poor 4-for-12 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 from past the arc. The usually effective all-around player had a subpar night altogether, tallying just five boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes of action. To be fair, the Bulls center was matched up against Jarett Allen, one of the most promising defensive-minded centers in the league.

Still, the two-time All-Star was certainly not his usual self, which also played a big factor in the Bulls’ defeat. Since joining Chicago at the trade deadline, Vucevic has been tallying 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 14 games.

Vooch, alongside fellow All-Star Zach LaVine, is expected to be one of Chicago’s key pieces in their bid to return to the playoffs this year. The loss, however, dropped their record to 24-34 and now in 11th place in the Eastern Conference Standings.

Vucevic is pretty much a walking bucket with his well-rounded game. He is a problem for opposing bigs on the low block, while his ability to space the floor makes him hard to contain. Still, everyone figures in an off night once in a while and looks like Vucevic will have to start his scoring streak once more in the coming games.