Bulls’ Bobby Portis goes off for historic 28 points in first half vs. Hornets
Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis scored 28 points on Saturday in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets as a reserve, becoming the first player since Lou Williams to score that many points in the first half of an NBA game while coming off the bench.
Bobby Portis of the @chicagobulls has 28 points off the bench… and it is halftime.
The only player in the last 10 seasons with that many points off the bench in the first half was Lou Williams against Memphis on December 3, 2016 (28).#BullsNation
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) February 3, 2019
The Bulls may be one of the worst teams in the NBA, but that’s not going to stop Bobby Portis from playing with high energy and showcase his skills. Portis becomes a restricted free agent after this season, too, so he’s got a lot on the line this year.
Portis entered Saturday averaging 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game for the Bulls. The big man is shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 76.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Portis’ scoring average is going to increase after his stellar performance on Saturday.
Anytime you can put your name next to Lou Williams when it comes to a scoring feat, you are in very good company. Williams is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year award winner and a walking bucket. Portis can’t score the ball like Williams does, but on Saturday, he proved that there are times where he can be just as unstoppable and lethal off the bench.