Chicago Bulls win Las Vegas Summer League championship

#SummerBulls go 7-0 to win Samsung Las Vegas Summer League championship

The Chicago Bulls are NBA champions. Summer League champions, that is.

The Bulls grabbed the 84-82 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Monday night. The win marked an undefeated, 7-0 record for the Bulls.

First-round draft pick Denzel Valentine saved the day for his new team twice, making the shot that forced overtime and the game-winner.

Valentine buried a left-wing 3-pointer, his first one of the night, with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 77. Valentine’s three came after Minnesota’s Tyus Jones made a Stephen Curry-esque deep right-wing three of his own to give the Timberwolves the 77-74 edge.

Then, in overtime, Valentine made a tough mid-range jumper to beat the buzzer and solidify the win. Valentine’s shot came after point guard Jerian Grant had scored five quick points for the Bulls.

The Bulls started the game with an 18-13 first-quarter lead, but they fell behind in the following period, allowing a 19-0 Timberwolves run. Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie finally got the Bulls on the board at the 5:25 mark of the second quarter, driving in for a layup and drawing the foul.

By the time halftime rolled around, the Bulls still held a double-digit deficit, trailing 42-32. But Bobby Portis‘ 11-point third quarter gave Chicago the 59-58 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Although it’s just a Summer League championship, Bulls Summer League coach Pete Myers emphasized the value of winning:

Grant was named the MVP of the championship game, posting a double-double of 24 points on 9-for-19 from the field and 10 rebounds to go along with his five assists. Portis, however, led the Bulls in scoring with 26 points and added 10 rebounds and four steals.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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