Zach LaVine joins Michael Jordan with impressive record after hot game vs. Thunder
Zach Lavine has notched yet another record for the Chicago Bulls not seen since the great Michael Jordan. On Friday, the 25-year-old high-flyer became the latest player in Bulls history to record four-straight 30-point games while shooting 50 percent from the floor. MJ was the last to achieve the feat way back in 1996.
Zach LaVine is the first Bulls player with 4 consecutive 30-point games while shooting 50% (or better) from the floor since Michael Jordan had a 5-game streak in Nov. 1996. pic.twitter.com/0RU6GWIpDZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 16, 2021
LaVine finished with an impressive line of 35 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and one steal against the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He made 11 of his 19 field goals and went 8-of-14 from three-point territory in 43 minutes.
But his great performance once again went for naught as the Bulls couldn’t get the job done and lost in overtime, 127-125. They fell to 4-8 while the Thunder improved to 6-6. LaVine putting up huge numbers in losing efforts continue to be the story of the season for the Bulls. As impressive as the two-time Slam Dunk champion’s explosions have been, they have lost four straight games.
Heading to Friday’s game versus the Thunder, LaVine was putting up 27.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 steals, and 1.3 steals. His name has also been linked to multiple trade rumors since the beginning of the season.
The Bulls’ misfortunes are clearly not for LaVine’s lack of trying. The team must soon find a way to give him all the help he needs to close out games. The Bulls will take on the Dallas Mavericks next and will try to put an end to their ugly slump.
If Zach LaVine can put up two more 30+ point outings, he’ll have the rare opportunity to surpass His Airness’s record.