The Chicago Bulls gave up another huge lead on Friday night, as they allowed the Oklahoma City Thunder to come all the way back and escape with a 127-125 victory in overtime. After the game, Zach LaVine expressed his disappointment with his squad, and the 25-year-old did not mince words.
The Bulls were up by 10 points with two minutes remaining in the game, which gave them a 99.1% chance of winning the game from that point on. The fact that Chicago still ended up losing the contest explains why LaVine was absolutely livid:
“We straight up folded. There’s not a lot to talk about,” LaVine stated, via K.C. Johnson of NBCS Chicago.
The worst part for Zach LaVine is that he had another tremendous performance for the Bulls, racking up 35 points on 11-of-19 shooting, to go along with eight triples, seven rebounds, six dimes and a steal in 43 minutes of action. Not even his impressive heroics could carry Chicago against a relentless Thunder side.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander top-scored for OKC, logging a career-high 33 points on 13-of-19 from the floor, three treys, five boards, 10 assists, a steal and just one turnover. Clearly, SGA got the better of LaVine and the rest of the Bulls.
After Friday's loss, Chicago has now suffered four consecutive defeats. The now-4-8 Bulls will return to action Sunday and Monday in a back-to-back set against the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, respectively. Needless to say, LaVine and Co. will want to return to winning ways as soon as possible.