On Nov. 18 at the United Center, the Chicago Bulls (6-10) lost to the Orlando Magic (5-11) by a score of 108-107.
Coach Billy Donovan benched Zach LaVine (who only had four points) for the final three minutes and 43 seconds of the Chicago Bulls' fourth straight loss, NBC Sports noted. Donovan sent Ayo Dosunmu to the scorer's table to replace LaVine, who became the sixth Bull in franchise history to shoot 1-for-14 or worse, and the first since Toni Kukoc in 1999.
A frustrated LaVine said after the game, "That's Billy's decision. He gotta lay with it. Do I agree with it? No. I think I can go out there and still be me even if I miss some shots. But that's his decision. He has to stand on it."
Donovan said, "I came back to Zach and it was one of those games for him. He just didn't have a great game. Great players, it happens. He cares deeply about the team. He just wasn't playing well."
Chicago's DeMar DeRozan scored 41 points while Nikola Vucevicwho had a chance to seal a win against his former team, but missed two free throws with Chicago up 107-105ended up with 14 points and 16 rebounds, ESPN noted.
Things don't get any easier for the Bulls, who host the Boston Celtics on Monday, Nov. 21.
In women's field hockey, the Northwestern University Wildcats are back in the Division I national championship game after being the University of Maryland 2-1 on Friday, Nov. 18.
The No. 2-seed Northwestern will meet No. 1-seed North Carolina in the national championship game on Sunday, Nov. 20, in Storrs, Connecticut, as the Cats look to become the sixth Division I program to ever win back-to-back championships, according to the NU Sports website.
The Wildcats beat Liberty 2-0 last year to lift the national championship trophy for the first time in program history.