Nikola Mirotic wore a huge smile as he sat inside the Bulls locker room Saturday night after his team posted consecutive victories for the first time this season.
“There’s no coincidence here,” Mirotic said. “I said to (assistant coach) Randy Brown before the Charlotte game that we were going to win that game, and he said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Cause I’m back.’ And we won that game. Today I told him too, ‘Randy, we’re going to be 2-0.’ He said, ‘Niko, I trust you.’ We are 2-0. There’s no coincidence.’’
Kris Dunn’s two free throws with 2.9 seconds left after a borderline foul call on Courtney Lee allowed the Bulls to escape blowing a 10-point lead with 2:03 remaining.
Markkanen finished with 15 points and eight rebounds to Porzingis’ 23 points and four rebounds, and forced a late travel that led to a Markkanen basket off a nifty feed from Dunn.
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