Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen become 1st pair of Bulls teammates to reach 35 points in a game since Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen
On Saturday against the Boston Celtics, shooting guard Zach LaVine and power forward Lauri Markkanen became the first pair of Chicago Bulls teammates to reach 35 points in a game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Zach LaVine scored 42 points, while Lauri Markkanen racked up 35. The Bulls shocked the Celtics and wound up winning by a final score of 126-116.
Zach LaVine (40 points) and Lauri Markkanen (35 points) are the first pair of Bulls teammates to reach 35 points in a game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (37 each) on November 20, 1996.
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) February 24, 2019
When your name is next to Jordan and Pippen, you are doing something right. This season for the Bulls has been a disaster just like everyone expected, but LaVine and Markkanen have been two bright spots for the fans in the Windy City.
Against the Celtics, LaVine shot 17-of-29 from the field, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line in 39 minutes of action. Markkanen, meanwhile, finished 12-of-20 overall, 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and 8-of-9 from the foul line. The two players the Bulls acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves are proving they can be franchise cornerstones for years to come.
Now, Chicago’s front office just has to surround the two youngsters with more talent and a competent coach.
With the win, the Bulls improved to 16-44 on the season and 7-23 at home. This is a game LaVine and Markkanen will surely remember for a long time.