Chicago Bulls point guard, Ayo Dosunmu, matched a season-high 22 points to lead the Bulls to a 114-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center on Friday.
In what proved to be a big night for the player of Nigerian descent, Dosunmu made 9 of 10 shots, 3-of-3 from the three point line and provided one steal in the Bulls home win. Centre Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 12 rebounds while Andre Drummond added 15 points and 11 rebounds in just under 15 minutes on the court.
Bulls best two players DeMar DeRozan and Zack LaVine had slow nights contributing 15 and 10 points respectively in 38 and 36 minutes on the court.
Reacting to the win, Dosunmu says pulling off a win despite low scoring performance from Bulls best players shows the quality and depth in the squad, “It’s just a testament to our team,” Dosunmu said. “We have a very deep team. At this point of the season, we’re gonna need everyone to come out and play on both ends.”
Head coach, Billy Donovan, also hailed the performance of the entire team in the win.
‘‘A lot of guys contributed,’’ coach Billy Donovan said after the game. ‘‘Zach LaVine generated a lot of offense for us with his passing. DeMar did the same thing. Ayo really did a nice job starting the game and getting downhill. Patrick Williams didn’t have a big night offensively, but he was a little more aggressive in the second half. Then I thought Coby White started the game aggressive.’’
The Bulls’ next game will be against the Portland Trail Blazes on home court.