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    Windy City Bulls Acquire Jakarr Sampson

    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, announced today that the team has acquired forward JaKarr Sampson. Earlier in the week the Windy City Bulls claimed guard Rodney Pryor and acquired forward V.J. Beachem from the Wisconsin Herd in a trade.

    Sampson (6-8, 223), brings three seasons of NBA experience to the team. The 2013 Big East Rookie of the Year was signed to a Two-Way contract with the Sacramento Kings last season and appeared on the Chicago Bulls training camp roster earlier this year. Sampson averaged 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while with the Stockton Kings, NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings.

    Pryor (6-5, 205) comes to Windy City with one year of experience in the NBA G League, having played with the Sioux Falls Skyforce last year. While with the Skyforce, Pryor averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebound per game in 24 games.

    Beachem (6-8, 186) was acquired from the Wisconsin Herd in exchange for the returning rights of Aaron Thomas and Windy City's 2019 Second Round Pick of the 2019-20 NBA G League Draft. Beachem spent the 2017-18 season with the South Bay Lakers where he marked a career high 30 points against the Texas Legends. Beachem made his first appearance with Windy City on Wednesday when the team hosted the Grand Rapids Drive.

    The Windy City Bulls have waived Karrington Ward, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Jameel McKay.

    The Windy City Bulls return to action tonight on the road against the Capital City Go-Go. For up-to-date information and to purchase tickets, visit WindyCityBulls.com.

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    Fair's Buzzer Beater Leads Bulls to Seventh Consecutive Win

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    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, set a franchise record with their seventh-consecutive victory in a 120-118 win over the Erie BayHawks on Friday night at Erie Insurance Arena.

    Six Bulls players scored in double figures led by Walt Lemon Jr. who poured in his second 30-point game of the season and scored a game-high 30 points and added seven assists. Mychal Mulder tallied 19 points, seven rebounds and five made threes, while Kaiser Gates collected 19 points of his own to go with eight rebounds. CJ Fair added 17 points and nine rebounds and V.J. Beachem scored his 500th career point and pitched in with 13 points and nine rebounds.

    Three Erie players tallied 20 or more points led by Alex Poythress who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Former Windy City Bull, RJ Hunter recorded 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, while John Gillon scored 21 points in a reserve role. Jordan Seibert added 16 points and Atlanta Hawks assignee, Omari Spellman, totaled nine points, 13 rebounds and three assists.

    Friday's matchup featured the number one scoring offense in Erie who came in averaging over 120 points per game and the number two scoring defense in Windy City who surrenders 102 points per contest. Offense was amiss at the start as the Bulls went scoreless for the opening two and half minutes before Lemon Jr. put them on the board with a driving layup. Following the slow start, Beachem and Hall scored the next 10 points for Windy City and the Bulls led 12-9 at the first media timeout. The BayHawks managed to tie the game at 14, but Windy City responded with a 9-2 run and took their largest lead of the first quarter at nine. Erie closed the quarter by scoring six of the final eight points, but the Bulls shot 46 percent in the period and led 27-22 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.

    The second quarter began in similar fashion to the first as Windy City managed just three points in the first three minutes of the period. Conversely, Erie scored 12 points in a four-minute span and tied the game at 34 with 7:42 remaining in the half. Minutes later, the BayHawks took a 37-36 lead on a Poythress layup, which was their first advantage since leading 4-2 in the infancy stages of the game. The Erie lead didn't last long as the Bulls went back on top and extended their lead to 10 on a couple occasions, which turned out to be the largest of the night for either team. The BayHawks cut the deficit in half as they outscored Windy City by five in the final 3:08 of the quarter. In total, both teams tallied 31 points and the Bulls maintained their five-point lead heading into halftime.

    Mulder provided an offensive spark to start the second half as he poured in two three-pointers to extend Windy City's lead back to double figures. The BayHawks, however, wouldn't go away as they made it a three-point game with under six minutes to play. Erie went on to tie the game at 78 and eventually took an 84-82 on a bucket by Poythress, which forced a Windy City timeout with 2:44 to play in the period. Out of the timeout, the Bulls rattled off nine consecutive points to move back in front 91-84. Leading by three in the final 35 seconds, Gates nailed a pull-up jumper to stretch the lead to five, and Windy City led 93-88 heading into the final 12 minutes.

    Coming into the contest, Windy City had won 10 of their 11 contests when ahead or tied at the start of the final 12 minutes. Erie made the first basket of the fourth quarter and made it one possession game on a three-pointer by Craig Sword. The Bulls pushed the lead out to seven, but with just over five minutes remaining, the BayHawks pulled to within a basket once more. With 4:07 left to play, Erie took the lead on a three-pointer and followed it with another long ball by Hunter to lead by four, which was their high-water mark for the night. Down the stretch, the two teams see-sawed back-and-fourth and Erie jumped on top by three with 24.2 seconds left. With 12.5 ticks left, Mulder sank a free throw to tie the game at 118 apiece. One the ensuing possession, the BayHawks missed their shot attempt, giving Windy City one last chance with 7.2 seconds on the clock. After a missed shot, Fair collected a game-winning, buzzer-beating tip-in and the Bulls recorded their seventh road win of the season, beating Erie, 120-118.

    With the win, the Bulls improve to 4-0 in the front end of a back-to-back and have recorded a new season-high in points in each of the last five of their last seven games.

    Windy City returns home tomorrow night to take on Stockton. The Kings come in with a six-game winning streak, the second-high total behind Windy City. Tip-off at Sears Centre Arena is set for 7:00pm CT.

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    Windy City Continues Winning Streak

    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, extended their franchise record winning streak to eight games with a 123-114 victory over the Stockton Kings on Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena.

    Three Bulls players scored 20 or more points led by Walt Lemon Jr. who totaled a team-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and nine assists. Ferrakohn Hall recorded the second 20-point game of his career and scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while CJ Fair tallied 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a season-high four steals. Brandon Sampson had 15 points and three rebounds and Rawle Alkins added 11 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role. Thomas Wilder pitched in with 10 points of his own.

    Stockton was without the services of Marcus Williams, who leads the league in assists per game. Troy Williams led all players with 28 points and added six rebounds. Kalin Lucas posted a stat line of 22 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals, while Two-Way player, Wenyen Gabriel scored 17 points. Reggie Hearn totaled 14 points and eight rebounds and Cameron Reynolds had 13 points and nine rebounds.

    Windy City's offense was in sync early as they made four of their first six shots and jumped out to 10-4 lead which forced a Stockton timeout at the 8:17 mark. Hall accounted for the first five points and led all scorers with 19 points in the period. Following the stoppage, the Kings tied the game at 10, but the Bulls responded with 10 consecutive points of their own and grabbed their first double-digit lead of the night. Stockton worked their way back and made it a one possession game on a couple occasions but were never able to take the lead. In total, Windy City shot 56 percent and thanks to a late three-pointer by Hall, the Bulls led 31-26 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.

    The Kings opened the second quarter by scoring the first five points to tie the game at 31, which led to an early Windy City timeout with 9:51 remaining in the half. The deadlock didn't last long as Thomas Wilder nailed a three to give the Bulls the once more. The nip-and-tuck second quarter featured one lead change but four ties. With 1:52 left to play in the half, the Kings tied the game by splitting a pair of free throws and eventually took the lead on a three-pointer by Gabe Vincent with under five ticks on clock. On the final possession of the half, Lemon Jr. beat the buzzer and tied the game on a three-pointer of his own. Stockton outscored the Bulls by five, resulting in a 53-53 game at the intermission.

    Stockton scored the first two points of the second half and briefly took at two-point lead. Windy City posted seven of the next nine points and led 60-55. After scoring two points in the first half, Sampson led all scorers with 10 points in the third quarter. The Bulls went on to lead by nine and eventually regained a double-digit advantage. The Kings promptly answered back with a 9-2 spurt to make it 75-71 game, but that's as close as they would get for the remainder of the contest. Windy City closed the period on a 15-7 run and led 90-78 heading into the final 12 minutes.

    Windy City entered Saturday's contest with an 11-1 record when heading into the fourth quarter with the lead. The period began with a flurry as the Bulls took a 20-point lead on 10 consecutive points by Lemon Jr. and Gates. However, Stockton didn't go away as they poured in five three-pointers in a five-minute span to slice the lead to eight with 4:12 to play. The Kings cut the lead to seven, but never drew closer. The Bulls made eight free throws down the stretch and sealed a 123-114 win.

    With the victory, Windy City is now over the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 2. The Bulls improve to 7-1 in back-to-back scenarios this season and are a half game up on Fort Wayne in the central division.

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    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, will host its first-ever Deaf Awareness Night this Saturday, January 12 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The game will tip-off at 7 PM, with doors for the event opening to the public at 6 PM.

    On this special night, the Windy City Bulls roster will wear specially-designed jerseys that spell out "Bulls" in American Sign Language (ASL) (see example in the image below). The uniforms will be auctioned off with proceeds being donated to the Illinois Association of the Deaf.

    The jersey auction includes each of the jerseys worn by Windy City players during the game that evening and a special autographed jersey by Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who has been a long-time supporter of the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Bidding on the Deaf Awareness jerseys can take place at https://wcb.cbo.io.

    The Windy City Bulls will welcome established Deaf performer, writer and professor Crom Saunders to sign the National Anthem before the game and fans in attendance will also have the opportunity to see Matthew "DEAFinitely Dope" Maxey, who has interpreted for Chance The Rapper, Andy Mineo, Bonnaroo and MTV.

    The organization has arranged to have several ASL interpreters positioned throughout the Arena, including many individuals courtesy of the College of DuPage, during the game to provide translation of public address announcements and other game entertainment that is planned.

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    The Windy City Bulls presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, collected their ninth consecutive victory with a 124-101 win over the Wisconsin Herd on Friday night at Sears Centre Arena.

    Seven Bulls players scored in double figures led by Rawle Alkins who scored a team-high 24 points off the bench on 11-of-15 shooting. Walt Lemon Jr. tallied 21 points and five assists, while Kaiser Gates posted a stat line of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Thomas Wilder added 15 points and Ferrakohn Hall pitched in with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

    Shevon Thompson led all scorers and set career-highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Two-Way player, Trevon Duval poured in 20 points, while Travis Trice II totaled 17 points, four rebounds and six assists. Jaylen Morris, the Herd's second Two-Way player collected 16 points, six rebounds and four assists and Michael Qualls had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

    Wisconsin tallied the first points of the game and jumped out to an early 12-4 lead in the opening three and a half minutes of the contest. The Herd upped their lead to 10 on a pair of free throws, while Windy City shot just 33 percent upon reaching the first media timeout. The Bulls trailed by as many as a dozen in the quarter but took a 26-25 lead on a lay in by Fair that capped a 16-3 run. In a nearly six-minute span, Windy City turned a 12-point deficit into a six-point advantage. Despite the slow start offensively, the Bulls shot 51 percent in period and led 32-26 at end of the first 12 minutes.

    After Windy City scored the opening basket of the second quarter, Wisconsin rattled off 12 of the next 17 points and made it a one-point game, which forced a Bulls timeout at the 8:16 mark. Following the stoppage, Windy posted a 9-3 spurt of their own to increase the lead to seven. With under three minutes to play in the half, the Herd tied the game at 52 and retook the lead on a driving layup by Duval, the first advantage since they led 25-24 late in the first quarter. However, their lead lasted a total of 40 seconds as Windy City went on a 7-1 run to close the half. Lemon Jr. made the final basket of the half with 6.2 seconds on the clock and the Bulls led 59-56 at the intermission.

    Lemon Jr. and Hall asserted themselves in the third quarter as they accounted for 15 of the Bulls first 17 points to start the second half. Windy City maintained the lead throughout the quarter, but Wisconsin managed to pull within three on a couple occasions. Leading 86-83 with under five seconds remaining, Alkins corralled an inbounds pass, scored a basket and made it a five-point game with 1.3 ticks left. The Bulls outscored Wisconsin by two and led 88-83 heading into the final 12 minutes.

    Windy City entered Friday's game 12-1 when heading into the fourth quarter with the lead. The Bulls pulled away in the final period and it began with Alkins scoring on an old-fashioned three-point play. Leading by 12 with under 10 minutes in the game, the Bulls poured in four consecutive threes, which opened a 20-point lead. Windy City shot 48 percent in the frame and went on to lead by as many as 26. The Bulls outpaced Wisconsin by 18 in the quarter and 20 in the second half, which led to a 124-101 Windy City victory.

    The 124 points scored set a new season-high, eclipsing their 123-point performance set on Jan. 5 against the Stockton Kings. With the win, Windy City is 5-1 against the Herd and have won five consecutive head-to-head matchups. The Bulls are 7-2 on Friday's and 5-0 in the front end of back-to-backs this season.

    Windy City wraps their fifth back-to-back of the season tomorrow night as they square off against the Greensboro Swarm. In the lone meeting this season, the Bulls won 117-103. Tip-off at Sears Centre Arena is set for 7:00pm CT.

    Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team on Twitter (@WindyCityBulls) or visiting WindyCityBulls.com. Full season membership, group, and single tickets for the 2018-19 Windy City Bulls season are on sale now. For all ticket information and full season schedule, visit WindyCityBulls.com.

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    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls dropped their second consecutive game with a 107-103 loss to the Erie BayHawks on Friday night at Sears Centre Arena.

    Windy City was shorthanded as they were without the services of Walt Lemon Jr. and Jon Octeus, who were both inactive. Five Bulls players scored in double figures led by Brandon Sampson who tallied a game-high 24 points to go with six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Thomas Wilder poured in a career-high 20 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Kaiser Gates recorded his fifth double-double and posted a stat line of 16 points, career-high 13 rebounds and five assists. CJ Fair totaled his 10th double-double of the campaign and added 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks, and Mychal Mulder pitched in with 13 points of his own.

    Alex Poythress led the charge for Erie as he registered 22 points, 18 rebounds and five assists for his second double-double of the season. Jordan Sibert had 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Craig Sword posted 16 points and three blocks off the bench. Sanjay Lumpkin notched 12 points, five rebounds and two steals, and Terrence Jones accumulated a near triple-double with 11 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals.

    Friday's matchup featured the number one scoring offense in Erie, who average over 121 points per game, and the third ranked scoring defense in Windy City who surrenders 103.3 points per contest. The BayHawks scored the opening basket of the game, but the Bulls responded and scored 11 of the next 13 points, leading 11-4 upon the first media timeout. Following the stoppage, Erie rattled off seven consecutive points of their own and tied the game with 7:04 remaining in the period. Windy City led by as many as nine in the quarter, but with under 90 seconds to play, the BayHawks made it a one possession game. Erie scored the final basket of the frame on a three-pointer by Jones, but the Bulls led at the end of the opening 12 minutes, 25-24.

    The BayHawks began the second quarter by posting the first five points to take their first lead since the opening minute of the contest. Windy City tied the game at 32 and eventually took a 43-41 advantage on a three by Beachem, which forced an Erie timeout with 6:22 left. The BayHawks promptly retook the lead and didn't trail for the final six minutes of the half. In total, the period featured seven lead changes with six points representing the largest lead by either team in the quarter. Erie outscored Windy City by seven in the stanza and led 58-52 at the intermission.

    Fair put the Bulls on the board to start the second half, but a mini 5-0 spurt by Erie stretched their lead to seven, which was their high-water mark for the night. Windy City battled back and evened the score at 65, as Mulder and Wilder combined for 11 of the Bulls first 13 points in the quarter. With under five minutes to play in the third, Gates went on a personal 7-0 run to put Windy City up 74-72. On the heels of seven lead changes in the second quarter, there were five ties and six more lead changes in the third period. Windy City outscored Erie by four and trailed by one possession heading into the final 12 minutes.

    Windy City struggled at the outset of the fourth quarter as they went scoreless for the opening two and a half minutes. The Bulls didn't tally their first field goal until the 8:59 mark on consecutive baskets by Sampson. Wilder and Sampson had the hot hand as they combined for 12 of Windy City's 19 fourth quarter points. With 1:09 remaining in the game, Wilder put the Bulls on top by two after making a pair of free throws. However, Erie had a strong close to the game as they scored the final six points of the contest to collect a 107-103 win, their third consecutive victory.

    With the loss, Erie has evened the season series at one game apiece. The defeat also marks the first time the Bulls have lost back-to-back game since Dec. 8-12.

    The Bulls wrap their sixth back-to-back of the season tomorrow night when they travel to South Dakota to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Tip-off at the Sandford Pentagon is set for 7:00pm CT.

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    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, snapped their two-game losing streak with a 97-94 overtime victory over the Westchester Knicks on Monday afternoon at Sears Centre Arena.

    Four Bulls players scored in double figures led by Walt Lemon Jr. who posted a stat line of 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. CJ Fair and Kaiser Gates both tallied double-doubles for their second consecutive game. Fair registered 22 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Gates totaled 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mychal Mulder had 12 points and Ferrakohn Hall pitched in with eight points, five rebounds and two assists.

    Jameel Warney led all scorers with 31 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. Kadeem Allen collected 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Westchester's second Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Zak Irvin had eight points and 12 rebounds and Stephen Zimmerman added eight points of his own in a reserve role.

    Monday's matinee featured the second and third ranked scoring defenses with both teams allowing just over 103 points per contest. Westchester made four of the first five field goals of the game and jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. The Knicks quickly stretched their lead to 10, which forced a Windy City timeout at the 7:32 mark. Despite trailing by as many as 11, the Bulls pulled within four with 25 seconds remaining in the period. With under five ticks on the clock, Lemon Jr. went coast-to-coast, beat the buzzer on a lay in and made it a 25-23 game at the end of the first.

    The Bulls offense was sluggish to start the second quarter as they managed just one field goal in the opening five minutes of the period. Windy City eventually sliced the lead to one bucket by Beachem, but that is as close as they would get in the half. Westchester promptly went on a 18-5 run to up their lead to 14, which was the largest of the afternoon. In the frame, Windy City tallied 15 points and six field goals after shooting 25 percent in the second quarter. The Bulls were outscored by 11 in the period and trailed 51-38 at the intermission.

    Windy City's offense picked up steam to start the second half as they used a 10-4 spurt to trim the lead to seven, which forced a Knicks timeout. At one point, the Bulls were within six, but halfway through the period Westchester extended their lead to double figures once more. Windy City, however, had a strong close to the quarter, scoring the final seven points of the period. After the 15-point second quarter, the Bulls tallied 25 points in the stanza their highest output of the game. The third quarter success made it five-point game heading into the final 12 minutes.

    The start of the fourth quarter belonged to Windy City as they drained consecutive three-pointers to take their first lead of the afternoon, 69-68. In total, the Bulls began the period with 10 points, turning that 14-point deficit into a five-point lead. Conversely, Westchester struggled at the outset of the quarter and didn't manage their first field goal until the 8:20 mark. The Bulls defense was stifling as they allowed just 19 points and held the Knicks to 30 percent shooting. However, Westchester made things interesting in the final seconds. Lemon Jr. gave the Bulls the lead on a driving layup in the final 10 seconds, but Westchester responded with a clutch basket of their own sending the game to overtime with the score knotted at 87.

    Mulder opened the overtime scoring as he knocked down a three-pointer, which led to the Bulls scoring the first six points of the game. Windy City limited the Knicks to three field goals in the extra session and scored 10 points of their own, which set a franchise record. The Bulls made the necessary free throws down the stretch and collected their first overtime win since Nov. 10 when the beat the Oklahoma City Blue 130-126.

    With the win, the Bulls snapped their four-game head-to-head losing streak against Westchester. Windy City is back over the .500 mark and pull to within a virtual tie of Fort Wayne for first place in the central division.

    The Bulls are back in action on Wednesday night as they hit the road and take on the Wisconsin Herd. Tip-off at Menominee Nation Arena is set for 7:00pm CT.

    Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team on Twitter (@WindyCityBulls) or visiting WindyCityBulls.com. Full season membership, group, and single tickets for the 2018-19 Windy City Bulls season are on sale now. For all ticket information and full season schedule, visit WindyCityBulls.com.

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    The Wisconsin Herd came out on top, 118-109, in a divisional matchup against the Windy City Bulls at Menominee Nation Arena on Wednesday night.

    The game saw only one lead change as the Herd took a 24-21 advantage with 4:31 left in the first quarter and did not surrender the lead from that point forward.

    Wisconsin controlled the game early, thanks to a solid shooting night as a team and a particularly noteworthy performance from Bucks assignee Christian Wood. He chipped in 21 points and grabbed seven boards in the first half as the Herd entered the break with a 64-46 lead.

    The Bulls made things interesting with a strong third quarter that saw them go 13-of-21 from the field. Windy City guard Mychal Mulder led his team's near-comeback heading into the final frame by converting four of his five shots (2-3 from three) to go for 11 points in the third. The Bulls continued their hot streak heading into the fourth, going on an 11-to-4 run to open the quarter bringing the game to within two (91-89).

    Wisconsin regained control behind guard Vander Blue's 10-point fourth quarter as they notched their second win in a row.

    Wisconsin had seven scorers finish in double digits, including all five starters. Leading the scoring effort for the Herd was Wood, who tallied a game-high 33 points and 12 rebounds. Blue provided a spark off the bench, finishing with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in the win.

    The Bulls were led by a pair of 20-point outings from forward Brandon Sampson and guard Walter Lemon, Jr. Sampson finished with a team-high 28 points to go with six rebounds and four assists, while Lemon tallied 22 points, six rebounds and six assists.

    Wisconsin takes the court again on Friday as they face off against the Canton Charge. The Bulls make their way to Canada to take on Raptors 905 on Saturday afternoon.

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    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, dropped their second consecutive game with a 102-98 loss to the Raptors 905 on Saturday afternoon at Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

    Four Bulls players scored in double figures led by CJ Fair who tallied 23 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals on 9-of-15 shooting. Walt Lemon Jr. had 18 points, five rebounds and nine assists, while Brandon Sampson totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Ferrakohn Hall added 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Rawle Alkins had nine points off the bench.

    The 905 were led by their Two-Way players, Jordan Loyd and Chris Boucher. Boucher recorded his 13th double-double of the season and led all players with 25 points to go with 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Loyd posted his first career triple-double and tallied 24 points, career-high 17 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals. Newly acquired Josh Adams had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in a reserve role and Duane Notice pitched in with 13 points.

    Windy City's offense was in rhythm at the start as they made five of their first eight baskets of the game and jumped out to an early 12-3 lead. Conversely, the 905 made their first shot of the contest, but managed to shoot just 16 percent upon the first media timeout. Fair had it on automatic as he shot 6-of-7 in the first quarter and led all scorers with 15 points in the period. Windy City shot 45 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three and opened a double-digit advantage late in the period. In total, the Bulls held the 905 to 17 points on 29 percent shooting and as a result, led 28-17 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.

    V.J. Beachem scored the first five points of the second quarter, increasing the Bulls lead to 14. Windy City held a double-digit advantage for the entire period and led by as many as 19. Following the Bulls largest lead of the afternoon, the 905 rattled off eight consecutive points to trim the lead to 11, and eventually pulled to within 10 at the end of the half. Both teams shot over 50 percent in the frame, but it was the Raptors who outscored Windy City 29-28 in the quarter. The 905 had a strong close to the stanza, scoring the final six points, but it was Bulls who led 56-46 at the intermission.

    The 905's defensive intensity picked up to start the second half as they forced four turnovers in the opening 5:13 of the third quarter. Windy City's turnovers led to the Raptors scoring 10 of the first 15 points of the period to cut the lead to five. The Raptors eventually tied the game at 64 and took a 71-69 lead, which forced a Bulls timeout with 2:24 remaining in the quarter. The 905's two-point lead marked their first advantage since leading 3-2 in the opening 90 seconds of the contest and Boucher led the way with 14 third quarter points. The Raptors outpaced the Bulls by eight points in the quarter, but two late free throws by Wilder gave Windy City a 78-76 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

    Alkins entered the game ranking sixth in fourth quarter points this season and he made his mark to start the final frame on Saturday. He tallied Windy City's first five points of the stanza to give the Bulls a six-point lead and some breathing room. The six points represented Windy City's largest lead of the quarter, but it was quickly erased as the Raptors jumped ahead 90-88 on a pair of free throws by Loyd. The fourth quarter featured three ties and three lead changes, but with 2:06 remaining, the 905 made it a 100-96 game on a put back, lay in by Kyle Collinsworth. Windy City made it a one possession game with under two minutes to play but were unable to tie or retake the lead. The Raptors outscored the Bulls by six the final period and grabbed their 18th win of the season, 102-98.

    The Bulls have lost four of their previous five games and are 2-8 all-time against the Raptors 905. Additionally, Windy City is back under the .500 mark for the first time since Jan. 1.

    Windy City will enjoy three days off before continuing their four-game road swing on Wednesday night against the Delaware Blue Coats. Tip-off at 76ers Fieldhouse is set for 6:00pm CT.

    Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team on Twitter (@WindyCityBulls) or visiting WindyCityBulls.com. Full season membership, group, and single tickets for the 2018-19 Windy City Bulls season are on sale now. For all ticket information and full season schedule, visit WindyCityBulls.com.

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    The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, announced today that the team has acquired forward JaKarr Sampson.

    Sampson (6-8, 223) was acquired by Windy City in a draft day trade with Iowa on October 20 and played six games for the team before taking his talents to the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association on December 27. While with Windy City, Sampson averaged 21.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Sampson returns to the Bulls wearing jersey number 1.

    Related, Kyle Washington has been waived.

    Windy City returns to action tomorrow as they face-off the Delaware Blue Coats at 6:00 PM CT at the 76ers Fieldhouse. For up-to-date information and to purchase tickets, visit WindyCityBulls.com.

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