Robin Lopez scored 24 points to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 116-101 on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Zach LaVine had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and nine boards for Chicago. Lopez shot 11 for 14 from the field as the Bulls were 52 percent (46 for 89).

Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Devin Booker also scored 25 for Phoenix, which has lost three of four after a 5-2 stretch.

Chicago Bulls guard Shaquille Harrison (3) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Chicago Bulls guard Shaquille Harrison (3) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Suns played without one of their top scorers and main contributors to their recent run of improved basketball, as Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre missed the game with a left thumb sprain. Guard Tyler Johnson did not play due to a sore knee, missing his third straight game, and forward T.J. Warren hasn’t played since Jan. 22 due to an ankle injury. Backup center Richaun Holmes also sat out with a quadriceps strain, his second straight game missed.

Lopez hit four different types of hook shots in the first quarter, helping the Bulls take a 34-20 lead into the second. Lopez scored 14 of his points with hook shots.

The Suns missed their first six 3-pointers, and after Cristiano Felicio’s outback dunk and free throw, the Bulls took their largest lead of the game, 39-20, with 10:22 to play in the second quarter.

Chicago Bulls guard Antonio Blakeney (9) dunks over Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Chicago Bulls guard Antonio Blakeney (9) dunks over Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Suns responded with an 11-2 run capped off by Troy Daniels’ 3 with 7:03 to go, making it 41-31.

LaVine’s layup and free throw put the Bulls up by 19 again, 54-35, with 4:12 left in the half.

The Suns cut it to 56-43 at halftime, with Booker making just 3 of 11 shots, including four misses from 3-point range.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix pulled to 56-48 early in the third, but Lopez scored the Bulls’ next three baskets for a 66-52 lead with 6:57 to go. Chicago went ahead by 18 in the third and led 86-73 going into the fourth.

The Suns got the Bulls’ lead down to nine early in the fourth, but couldn’t get any closer. Antonio Blakeney dunked with 9:25 to play to give the Bulls a 91-77 lead.

Chicago improved to 5-7 in the second of back-to-back games.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

TIP-INS

Bulls: Shaquille Harrison started at guard against his former team, and his first basket of the game was a driving dunk. … F Otto Porter Jr. did not play due to a sore shoulder, and head coach Jim Boylen said there is no timetable for when he is able to play next. … Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant sat courtside for the game.

Suns: Ayton skied for a two-handed alley-oop dunk from Josh Jackson with 2:19 left in the third quarter. … Rookie Mikal Bridges made his first start since Feb. 13 and scored 12 points. … Ayton recorded his 36th double-double of the season and is one away from tying Alvan Adams for the franchise’s single-season record.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Washington on Wednesday night.

Suns: Host Detroit on Thursday night.

Phoenix Suns guard De'Anthony Melton (14) passes over Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns guard De’Anthony Melton (14) passes over Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges gets a shot over Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges gets a shot over Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono steals the ball from Phoenix Suns guard De'Anthony Melton (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono steals the ball from Phoenix Suns guard De’Anthony Melton (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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