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Bulls’ Zach LaVine re-watches career-high 49-point night amid coronavirus suspension

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One of the recent trends among NBA players entails watching old highlights while the current season remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. During a “PSA” segment for NBA.com, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine said he has practiced social distancing by watching tapes of himself, including his career-high 49-point performance against the Charlotte Hornets back in November.

This trend was popularized when Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie took to Twitter to ask whether fellow NBA players were immersing themselves in old highlights on YouTube.

LaVine seems to be following suit, reverting to a positive memory in a season that — while individually brilliant for LaVine — has been immensely frustrating for the star guard.

The game in question might sound familiar to Bulls fans. This was the night Chicago miraculously erased an eight-point deficit in the final minute, with LaVine getting a steal and retreating to the 3-point line to bury the Hornets with just under a second remaining.

That entire sequence was pretty insane. The Hornets actually still led by five before Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky clanged in a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining. Chicago trapped Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham on the ensuing inbound, and LaVine came away with the ball after a scramble, dribbling all the way towards the wing for a clean look at a three.

The Bulls’ win was arguably one of the more stunning comebacks of the season. For Zach LaVine, it capped one of the finest games of his career, and it serves as his own “rewatchable” with play still suspended.