LaVine Scores 39, Bulls Beat Doncic-Less Mavericks 118-108

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball on Jan. 3, 2021 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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Zach LaVine had 39 points and Coby White scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

Jalen Brunson, starting in place of the injured Luka Doncic, had 31 points for the Mavericks.

Otto Porter Jr. added 15 for the Bulls, who were without starter Lauri Markkanen and reserves Tomas Satoransky, Chandler Hutchison and Ryan Arcidiacano.

Doncic sat out because of a left quadriceps contusion. He was injured Friday night in the second quarter of a home victory over Miami Heat. He continued to play and finished with season highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds. He's listed as day-to-day, with his status Monday night at Houston uncertain.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We don't think this is a long-term thing."

The 21-year-old Slovenian star is off to a relatively slow start this season. He's averaging 24.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists, shooting 43.2% overall and 16.1% on 3-pointers in five games.

Dallas led 60-59 at halftime despite LaVine scoring 29. LaVine was 9 for 13 from the field while the rest of the Bulls were 10 for 27.

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Brunson had 18 first-half points on 7-for-8 shooting for the Mavericks.

Chicago scored the final seven points of the third quarter to take an 86-81 lead into the fourth.

The Bulls stretched the lead to 100-91 with just over 8 minutes on a pair of free throws by White -- the largest lead to that point by either team to that point.

The Mavericks pulled to within 103-98 on a basket by Josh Richardson with just under 5 minutes to go. Porter Jr. answered on the end with a 3-point play on an offensive rebounds to build the lead back up to 106-98.

Dallas responded with six straight points (four by Brunson) to make it 106-104 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

LaVine then was fouled at other end and hit two free throws. Following a defensive stop, LaVine fed Porter Jr. for a layup to make it 110-104 with 2:50 remaining.

White hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 left for a 113-105 lead.

Mavericks: F Kristaps Porzingis (right knee surgery) has been cleared for full contact, but there is no timetable for his return. He is expected to participate when the team holds its next practice session on Wednesday. "There's nothing imminent with him playing (in a game)," Carlisle said. "But we're a lot closer than we were."

Bulls: Markkanen, Satoransky, Hutchison and Arcidiacono each missed his third straight game under the NBA's health and safety protocols. Satoransky and Hutchison have tested positive for COVID-19. None of the four is expected back until at least the end of the upcoming four-game West Coast trip.

Mavericks: At Houston on Monday night.

Bulls: At Portland on Tuesday night to begin a four-game West Coast trip.

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