Bulls star Nikola Vucevic’s astonished take on Zach LaVine’s 50-point night
Newly-acquired Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic saw front and center the show that Zach LaVine put forth in their Eastern Conference showdown with Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. The two-time All-Star admitted after the game that he’s never been on the same side of a scintillating performance like LaVine had on Friday night.
Via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago:
Nikola Vucevic on Zach LaVine: "I don't think I've ever been part of something like that. It looks so easy. He wasn't forcing it. It just came so naturally and so efficient. I wish we would've won to make it even more special for him. But it was pretty amazing to be part of that"
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 10, 2021
It’s safe to say that LaVine’s performance left Vucevic absolutely amazed. He’s probably going to remember this masterpiece from his fellow All-Star for a very long time.
Being with the Orlando Magic for majority of his career, the Montenegrin center hasn’t had an elite scoring guard by his side like LaVine. Vucevic will need to get used to seeing these kinds of performances more often with LaVine’s ability to go off on any given night.
Unfortunately, LaVine’s 50-piece was not enough to propel Chicago to a victory as the Hawks spoiled the All-Star’s career night in the form of a 120-108 victory. The 6-foot-5 high flyer already scored 39 points through the first half alone, leading the Bulls to a 66-53 advantage at the break.
However, Atlanta made its adjustments in the second half. They took the game over on both ends of the floor during the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 33-18, to take the lead into the fourth. The Hawks continued to pour it on the fourth as Trae Young countered LaVine’s 50 with a 42-point night of his own.
Chicago entered Friday on a roll with three straight wins after losing four straight since they acquired Vucevic. After this disappointing loss, they will look to get back on the win column as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves, LaVine’s former squad, on Sunday.