Zach LaVine scored at least 40 points on 70% shooting Friday night, tying him with Scottie Pippen for second in Chicago Bulls history behind Michael Jordan.
In the Bulls’ 126-112 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the guard had 41 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes. He also shot 73.7% from the field and hit a season-high 11 3-pointers.
Based on a few NBA betting sites, Zach LaVine and the Bulls have the ninth-lowest odds to win the championship. Despite Lonzo Ball’s imminent return, sportsbooks don’t expect Chicago to make the playoffs this season.
Zach LaVine’s fourth career game with at least 40 points on 70% shooting tied him with Scottie Pippen for second in Bulls history behind Michael Jordan (12). pic.twitter.com/esWQMwf1uc
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“We started off a little slow and towards the end of the second quarter, I got hot and just kept going,” Zach LaVine said after the win. “I think the MVP of the game was Vuce … I got hot, and that’s what happened.”
Nikola Vucevic finished the night with a triple-double with 19 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Philly played without top MVP candidate Joel Embiid, so Vucevic took full advantage of this opportunity.
All-Star guard Zach LaVine tied Michael Jordan for the most 40-point games on 70% shooting in Bulls history.
In 35 starts this season, LaVine is averaging 23 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. To add to these stats, the nine-year veteran shot 46.5% from the field and 40.1% from beyond the arc.
According to the Professional Basketball Database, Stephen Curry is the only player in NBA history to make 11 3s in a single game while shooting at least 80% from beyond the arc.
In the year On October 25, 2021, in Chicago’s 111–108 win over the Toronto Raptors, LaVine finished with 22 points and shot 3-of-7 (43.8%) from 3-point range, passing Jordan for the fourth most 3-pointers in franchise history. .
Only 2 players in NBA history had 11 on 80%+ 3PT shooting in three games.
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Friday’s game marked the third time Zach LaVine made 10 or more 3s in a game. “He’s on fire, we can’t get him, we start hounding him and everybody else gets easy opportunities because he’s making shots,” 76ers guard James Harden said. “Just one of those games.”
Additionally, in the Bulls’ 116-115 win against the Charlotte Hornets on November 23, 2019, the guard scored 49 points and made a career-high 13 3s on 76.5% shooting from downtown. If a show ever surprises Jordan, it’s saying something now.