Taj Gibson had 20 points and 15 rebounds off the bench and the surging Chicago Bulls scratched and clawed their way to a 100-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. The win represents their ninth in 10 games.
The Mavericks led by as much as 16 in the first half, but the Bulls whittled away at the lead, drawing to within three at intermission.
Chicago would continue to play tough in the third, and heading into the fourth quarter, Dallas owned a 76-73 lead.
That was when the Bulls turned up the intensity defensively.
Chicago held the Mavericks to 15 fourth-period points as Dallas shot 2-of-12 from beyond the arc over the final 12 minutes.
The Bulls got big buckets from Jimmy Butler and company down the stretch as Dirk Nowitzki struggled to find his shot all game, shooting only 7-of-18 from the floor.
Butler added 19 points for Chicago and Mike Dunleavy drained four three-pointers en route to 16.
Monta Ellis scored 20 to lead Dallas, but he shot only 7-of-19 and missed four free throws.
The Bulls overcame 21 turnovers and shot 50.7 percent overall.
The loss by Mavericks snapped their four-game winning streak.
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