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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:00 am

NBA

Bulls rout Cavaliers to end 10-game skid

Associated Press

CLEVELAND – Somebody was bound to break a long skid Monday – Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls seized the opportunity.

LaVine scored 25 points and the Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA.

“It stinks to lose 10 in row,” said guard Kris Dunn, who scored 13 points and was one of five Bulls to hit double figures. “A game like this can galvanize us.”

Chicago (11-36) never trailed and has won all three games this season against Cleveland (9-39), which has lost 16 of 17 overall.

“We talked about the first quarter starts,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “Our energy and spirit were good, kind of gave us momentum into the rest of the game.”

The Bulls hit 15 of 29 3-pointers and built a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. Chicago won for the first time since Dec. 28 against Washington.

Bobby Portis had 15 points, and Lauri Markkanen added 13 for the Bulls.

Note: A person with knowledge of the situation says Houston is trading Carmelo Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to Bulls, in a deal that is expected to be completed today.

Anthony will not wind up playing for the Bulls, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be finalized until the league office approves the deal. The league office was closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

WIZARDS 101, PISTONS 87: In Washington, Trevor Ariza scored 20 points, and Otto Porter Jr. added 19 to lead Washington, which turned it its best defensive performance of the season.

The Wizards held the Pistons to 30 percent shooting from the floor in the first half and never let their lead dip below 10 points in the second. Detroit's 87 points were the fewest by a Washington opponent this season.

Seven Wizards players scored in double figures, including Bradley Beal with 16, and Tomas Satoransky had a game-high eight assists, including a pass through Zaza Pachula's legs in the first quarter.

After beating the New York Knicks in London, the Wizards now have won two in a row and are 7-3 in their past 10 games.

Blake Griffin led the Pistons with 29 points and nine rebounds. Detroit has lost back-to-back games and 10 of its last 14.

“It was just effort,” Beal said. “It's just a matter of being locked in, locking in to the game plan. We let Blake get a little comfortable, but for the most part we did a good job of taking all their actions away and making it difficult for them.”