LAS VEGAS - Daniel Gafford, a former standout at El Dorado and Arkansas, posted his second double-double during the NBA Summer League Wednesday with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a come-from-behind 75-72 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Gafford, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulls’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers last week, keyed the Bulls’ comeback with five points, two rebounds, one block and one steal over the final 4:17, including two free throws with three seconds left that made the final margin.
The Bulls trailed 59-50 going into the final stanza, but had cut the lead to 62-61 with Gafford scoring three points before heading to the bench with 6:35 left.
Down the stretch, Gafford had a three-point play that pulled the Bulls to within 70-69 before picking up a steal.
Gafford also blocked a shot to keep the game at 70-69 at the 2:18 mark.
The Bulls grabbed the lead with 26 seconds left on Justin Simon’s basket, and after getting a defensive stop, Gafford’s aforementioned free throws put the game away.
Gafford went 6-of-11 shooting from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line to account for his game-high of 20 points.
Six of Gafford’s 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
The Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak, improved their summer league record to 2-2.
They will now wait to see if they qualify for the postseason tournament.