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Bulls even series with Bucks; Cubs fall; Sox lose twice; Blackhawks win
2022-04-21

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April 20 was a busy day for most of Chicago's pro sports teams, with mixed results.

—Chicago Bulls player DeMar DeRozan scored 41 points as the team secured a 114-110 win over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks at Wisconsin on April 20 that evened the first-round playoff series at a game apiece.

It was his highest-scoring playoff performance to join a list of career highs recorded in his 13th NBA season, The Chicago Tribune noted.

The Bulls' big three of DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic (who scored 24) and Zach LaVine (who added 20) combined for 85 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished one assist short of a triple-double with 33 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, and Brook Lopez added 25 points for the Bucks.

The win was Chicago's first against Antetokounmpo since 2017.

The series now shifts to the United Center. The next game is Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.

—Francisco Mejia homered and drove in three runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays (7-6) beat the Chicago Cubs (6-6) 8-2 on April 20 in a game at Wrigley Field that was called after five-and-a-half innings due to rain, ESPN noted.

The Rays finished 3-3 in Chicago in back-to-back series against the White Sox and Cubs.

A bright spot for the Cubs was rookie Seiya Suzuki. He walked in the fifth to reach base for the 12th straight game at the start of his career, breaking a team record held by two players: Art Williams, in 1902; and Tony Taylor, in 1958.

The Cubs next take on National League rival the Pittsburgh Pirates in a four-game series in Chicago.

—The Chicago White Sox (6-5) came up short twice in a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians (6-5) on April 20, losing 11-1 and 2-1 at the Guardians' Progressive Field.

In 18 innings of baseball, Chicago committed five errors and mustered only two runs and eight hits.

"There really isn't one answer for everything," manager Tony La Russa said about the team's hitting struggles, according to MLB.com . "You go through periods where you have a good strike zone, and then periods where it gets funky. Normally, the answer is to go back to the basics. I'm confident in our offense."

The teams face each other again Thursday, April 21.

—In Phoenix, the Chicago Blackhawks (26-40-11) defeated the Arizona Coyotes (22-49-6) 4-3 in overtime.

Alex DeBrincat sealed the victory on the night for the visitors with his 40th of the season, according to the official recap. The overtime tally tied the NHL lead for game-ending goals, with DeBrincat's fourth of the year.

Jake McCabe and Dominik Kubalik scored in the first period and Alex Vlasic netted his first NHL tally in the second before Arizona tied it 3-3 late in the third to force overtime. Kevin Lankinen made 32 saves.

Chicago next travels to the Los Angeles Kings for a game on Thursday, April 21.


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