NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – NOV 15 – Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers 112-110


The Windy City Bulls the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, hung on and grabbed their first road win of the season with a 112-110 win over the Delaware 87ers who opens the season at 0-5.

Balance was the name of game as all eight players who saw action in Wednesday’s contest scored in double figures, which ties a franchise record. Diamond Stone paced the Bulls with a team-high 25 points (11-14 FG), six rebounds and two steals. Jaylen Johnson (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Tyler Harris (11 points, 10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles. Jarell Eddie scored 16, while Jon Octeus and Brandon Wood combined for 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 15 - Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers  112-110

Windy City Bulls Center DIAMOND STONE (00) takes a jump shot as Delaware 87ers Forward CHRISTIAN WOOD (35) defends in the first half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The first 12 minutes were not kind to Windy City as they fell behind early when Delaware opened the game on a 19-4 run making six of their first nine three-point shots in the first five minutes. Conversely, the Bulls would struggle shooting 2-of-8 from the field in that time span. The 87ers would enjoy a double-digit lead for the majority of the first quarter and would lead by 35-23 at the end of the first stanza.

Without the services of Emeka Okafor who missed the game with an illness, the 87ers had six players in double figures including three players with 20 or more points. Jacob Pullen poured in a game-high 26 points and added three rebounds and two assists. Newly acquired Christian Wood made an immediate impact registering a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) and James Michael McAdoo pitched in with 20 points and eight rebounds.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 15 - Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers  112-110

Delaware 87ers Forward CHRISTIAN WOOD (35) dunks the ball in the second half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens continued to hold a double-figure lead, but the Bulls found consistency halfway through the second quarter and Windy City would end the half on a 12-3 run to cut a 15-point deficit down to one. The momentum carried into the second half as the Bulls sprinted out to a five-point lead within the first five minutes of the third quarter. Aided by a 34-point quarter, the Bulls would take a double-digit lead into the final 12 minutes.

The 87ers would make things interesting despite trailing by 13 early in the fourth quarter. Led by Christian Wood who scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth, Delaware would battle back and cut the lead to one, 106-105 with just over 90 seconds to play.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 15 - Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers  112-110

Windy City Bulls Guard RYAN ARCIDIACONO (15) bring the ball down the floor in the first half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

However, Ryan Arcidiacono would answer right back with a three-point shot to extend the lead to four. With 12.9 seconds remaining and the ball, the 87ers had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Jon Octeus came up with a steal on the inbounds, to help seal the win in the first game of a five-game road trip for the Bulls.

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Bulls’ Balance Too Much For Sevens

NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (25-22) fell to the Windy City Bulls (22-25) 110-99 on Beau Biden Foundation Night. This was a well-contested, back and forth game, but when the Bulls took a 46-44 lead with 6:57 to go in the second quarter they never let go of their advantage. The Sevens and Bulls tied the season series 2-2.

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo Saquan Stimpson

The game had a similar feel to the Reno and Long Island affairs earlier in the week. In those two games, Delaware got timely buckets whenever their opponent got close. Tonight, the tables were turned when it became clear the Bulls had an answer for every Sevens push.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) looks to take a shoot in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Aaron Harrison led the way for Delaware with 32 points. He hit five three-pointers and also added eight rebounds. He was one of four 87ers in double figures, with Nate Robinson (23), Roscoe Smith (13) and Russ Smith (11) rounding out the group.

In a cruel twist of fate, Fort Wayne lost to Grand Rapids by two. Had the Sevens won, they would have moved to within 1.5 games of the Mad Ants for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As it stands, Delaware is still 2.5 games back of Fort Wayne. The 87ers have three games left, while the Mad Ants have two contests remaining.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) drives his shoulder in the chest of Windy City Bulls Forward THOMAS WALKUP (0) in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Windy City had an astounding eight players finish in double figures. The Bulls only had nine guys see the court, making the feat all the more impressive. Former 87er David Laury III was a high man for Windy City, pacing the club with 17 points. He was traded to the Bulls on March 2.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Windy City Bulls Forward DAVID LAURY III (22) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward CARLOS LOPEZ-SOSA (4) defends in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

 

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