Cubs manager Joe Maddon knew how important Dexter Fowler was to the Cubs during his two seasons on the North Side, telling the outfielder before every at-bat, "You go, we go."

Fred Hoiberg must see a little bit of a lead-off man in point guard Kris Dun, as he reiterated that same notion following the Bulls' 127-124 win over the Mavericks on Friday.

"I brought him in to my office and I said, 'Listen, I'm going to start giving you some added responsibility. And you're becoming a guy that as you go, we go," Hoiberg told reporters after the game. "'And I'm gonna let you go and control the offense a little bit so he's not looking over his shoulder looking for play calls from me all the time."

The Bulls certainly went as Dunn did on Friday. The second-year point guard poured in a career-high 32 points on 12-for-17 shooting. And although the Bulls were a -2 with Dunn on the floor, his nine assists and four steals went a long way toward the Bulls pulling out their first win of 2018.

Given the Bulls' other options at the point - Jerian Grant was ineffective - Dunn will continue to be the workhorse at the point.