CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime Monday 145-134 with Cavs’ shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, Jr, making a record 71 points matching the eighth highest in league history for a player in a single game. Big deal, I know most of my readers are asking, if the record is not in the top three, why mention it? Mitchell is not Wilt Chamberlain with 100 points in one game.
The Bulls had a 21 point lead in the bottom of the second quarter which was chipped away by Mitchell and the Cavs. Mitchell intentionally missed free throws to bring in overtime play at 130-128. Mitchell then made a perfect grab and shot on the rebound to tie the score with three seconds left on the clock. The Bulls then failed a desperate 3-pointer to close out regular play.
Bulls face the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center on Wednesday, January 4, at 7:00 PM
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions battered the Bears into a 41-10 loss in Detroit on Sunday. The Bears were nearly scoreless in the last three quarters with the offense only making 90 yards and five first downs. The beleaguered defense gave up five touchdown drives and allowed 504 yards of total offense to the Lions. Lions running backs Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift totaled 222 yards and 33 carries.
However, QB Justin Fields led the Bears with 132 rushing yards on 10 carries. Fields also surpassed Michael Vick’s 1,039 rushing yards record with a 31-yard run in the opening drive. Fields also completed seven of 21 pass attempts for 75 yards along with a completed touchdown pass and an interception.
Lions QB Jared Goff completed 21 of 29 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. The Lions tied the game in the first quarter at 7-7. In the second quarter the Lions scored a second touchdown giving them a 14-10 lead with another connection between Goff and tight end Brock Wright to advance the Lions to 21-10 at the bottom of the first half.
The second half continued to be dominated by the Lions with a scoring run in the kickoff of the second half bringing them to 31-10. In the later part of the third quarter a touchdown pass to Swift sealed the fate of the Bears at 38-10. A field goal in the final three minutes of the game was the final nail sending the Bears back to Chicago on their shields at 41-10.
Bears finish out the regular season with the Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, January 8 at 12:00 pm.
CHICAGO – The Houston Rockets blasted the Chicago Bulls Monday night 133-118, breaking a five-game winning streak for the Bulls.
Zach LaVine with a 3-pointer in the last 30 seconds of the second quarter helped set up the Bulls’ early dominance in the third quarter with a 74-67 advantage before their collapse allowing the Rockets to regain control of the court.
By the fourth quarter, the Bulls narrowed the score 109-100 with the Rockets, but were easily fought off by Rockets’ point guard Kevin Porter Jr.’s two consecutive 3-pointers. Overall, the Rockets completed 50 of 90 shots and outrebounded the struggling Bulls by 56-43.
Bulls face the Bucks at the United Center on Wednesday, December 28 at 7:00 PM CST.
CHICAGO – Free agent Dansby Swanson has signed a $177 million seven-year contract on Wednesday with the Chicago Cubs as their starting shortstop.
Swanson’s contract includes a $7 million signing bonus, full no-trade clause, and a hotel suite on road trips. The $177 million salary will be spread out over the length of the contract starting with $13 million in 2023 and ending with $25 million in 2029.
The Cubs went 74-88 this year and finished third in the NL Central, but went 40-31 in its last 71 games. Jed Hoyer believes the Cubs’ strong finish, its pitching and hitting infrastructure, and farm teams will help build the franchise into a powerhouse.
In 2015, Swanson was selected by Arizona with the No. 1 overall pick but was later traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2015. Swanson, along with a core group of young players, led the Braves back to the top of the NL East. Swanson batted .248 with 27 homers and 88 RBIs in 2021, helping lead the Braves to its first World Series championship since 1995.
If Swanson is so good, why did the Braves let him go? The answer is they are too cheap and failed to secure Swanson with a $20 million qualifying offer which opened the door for Swanson signing with the Cubs.
CHICAGO, April 8, 2021 – Prior to today’s home opener vs. Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Billy Hamilton on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring, purchased the contract of outfielder Nick Williams from the Schaumburg training facility and transferred left-handed pitcher Jace Fry to the 60-day injured list.
Williams, 27, signed with the White Sox as a minor-league free agent on January 12 and was a non-roster invitee to spring training. He hit .300 (12-40) with four doubles, one home run and two RBI in 24 Cactus League games this season. Williams, who bats and throws left-handed, did not appear in a major-league game last season after splitting time between the Philadelphia and Cincinnati organizations.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Williams is a career .254 hitter (210-826) with 30 doubles, 31 home runs, 110 RBI and 56 walks in 290 games with the Phillies (2017-19). He established career highs in home runs (17) and RBI (50) in 140 games with Philadelphia in 2018. Williams originally was selected by Texas in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He will wear uniform No. 5.
Hamilton, 31, left yesterday’s game at Seattle in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. He is 3-11 (.273) with one RBI in six games with the White Sox.
Fry, 28, was placed on the injured list on April 1 (retroactive to March 29) to continue his recovery from a microdiscectomy in the offseason.