Mavericks pull out victory over Bulls

Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:57pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Bulls and Mavericks showed signs on Friday that both teams have had busy schedules of late but in the end Dallas had more energy down the stretch and pulled out an 83-77 win at the United Center.

The Mavericks were playing their third game in four days, and the Bulls were on their fourth in five days. Both teams had also participated in overtime games earlier in the week.

"With this schedule and the magnitude of opponents, you got to scratch and claw to get anything you can," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, whose team snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 23-18 on the season.

"Hey, it didn't look good early. We were missing shots. We weren't guarding them well. The guys hung in, and we gave ourselves a chance, and we did just that."

The Bulls (23-16) were held to less than 100 points for the first time in 14 games and have dropped four of their last five games.

Chicago were the better team in the first half and held a 46-36 lead at halftime, though much of that was down to the Mavericks shooting 11 of 39 for 28.2 percent after two quarters.

The second half belonged to the Mavericks, however.

They shot 19 of 38 from the field and held the Bulls to 31 points on 13 of 41 in the second half.

"It was a tale of two halves," Mavericks guard Deron Williams said. "The first half we couldn't make a shot. We looked out of synch, out of rhythm.   Continued...

Jan 15, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (8) and Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) go for a loose ball during the second half at the United Center. The Dallas Mavericks won 83-77. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports