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Every Bulls game, I’ll present to you “The Top 3”, which is the 3 biggest takeaways of the game. It could be a player, a coach, Benny the Bull, or a Jordan Bell Golden State highlight (will NEVER get old).
Tonight: Bulls vs Mavs.

The Chicago Bulls improved their record Friday night to 13-25 with a 127-124 win over the Dallas Mavericks. This snaps a 3 game losing streak by the Bulls and it’s the first Bulls win in Dallas since January 23, 2015.

Kris Dunn led the way with 32 points, a new career high. He also had 9 assists, 2 rebounds, and 4 steals. Lauri Markkanen also had a good game with 16 points and 9 rebounds. The Bulls outscored the Mavericks in fast break points 11-0 (poor Dirk can barely run up and down the court). The leading scorer for the Mavs was Wes Matthews with 24.

Now it’s time to euro step our way to the Top 3:

1.) Kris Dunn – Career High in Points

Kris Dunn set a career-high Friday night with 32 points. He was knocking down 3s, setting up his teammates, and attacking the rim with purpose.

I jokingly tweeted that Thibs still loves Chicago and that he traded for Jimmy Butler because he wanted the Bulls to have Kris Dunn (not 100% sure this isn’t true). It was the best game that Dunn has had with the Bulls and he looks like he’s starting to come into his zone. When he is knocking down that jump shot, he becomes difficult to guard and you can tell his confidence goes way up. He takes over late in games and it’s awesome to see someone ask for the ball and then proceed to make play after play.

Right now, this looks like Kris Dunn’s team.

2.) Lauri Markkanen

Today I learned that “Ei kotonani” means not in my house in Finnish.

It was Lauri’s only block of the game but it was a nice one. Lauri has surprisingly been a lot better on defense than originally expected. He has quick feet and moved well with a much faster Dennis Smith Jr. on this play. There was a play about 30 seconds earlier that resulted in a missed layup by Smith when also guarded by Markkanen.

Stephen Noh (writer for The Athletic) made a good point when asked if Lauri could one day become a rim protector:

It’ll be fun to watch Lauri develop his defensive game in years to come. He can also do this.

3.) Justin Holiday

What a signing Holiday has turned out to be. He’s currently signed to a 2 year/$9 million dollar deal and is looking like a bargain. I enjoyed watching him play in his first stint with the Bulls and he’s been really solid so far this year. He’s currently averaging almost 14 points a game while shooting 38 percent from 3. He had 23 points tonight and hit two clutch free throws up 1 late to seal the game.

When LaVine comes back, Holiday will probably either move to the wing or a bench role. But he’s definitely solidified himself as one of the top 5 contributors on this team. In this era of basketball, you need wings who can switch on defense and shoot well on the other end. Justin Holiday does both.

Plus, hearing Stacey King say “OOOH, Happy Holidays” after every made 3 by Justin never gets old.

The Bulls travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers tomorrow night.

Wanna talk Bulls? Tweet me @jdez_xo.

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