Are there still doubts with Zach LaVine? The Bulls star posted the best performance of his career last night by going up to 50 points in Atlanta. It was a sublime display of technical skills and scoring ability, one that unfortunately for Chicago ran into another boy who also failed to meet established standards: Trae Young. The Hawks point guard contributed 42 points to the party for the Georgia franchise to win 120-108.
LaVine couldn’t close the night with a smile, but on an individual level he broke down several barriers. It was the first time he reached 50 points, but there is more. In the first half he achieved 39 points (25 consecutively in the second quarter) to be the player who has achieved the most in the first half in the last 20 years after Kobe Bryant (42) and Klay Thompson (40). In addition, he is the first Bulls player to score 30 points in the first half since Michael Jordan achieved just that amount on February 24, 1997 against Portland. Impressive.
“I just got into the rhythm. My triples started to come in and from there I was able to reach the midrange and reach the rim. He was trying to get to the free throw line at the end of the second quarter because he was so tired. I was trying to get some rest, ”he says.
In a great effort with no final reward, LaVine would finish with the aforementioned 50 points and a stat sheet of 18 of 31 in field goals (7 of 12 in triples) and 7 of 8 in free throws. To such a scoring flow he added 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
🔴LAVINE: 50 PUNTOS 🔴
39 puntos en la primera parte
Solamente Kobe Bryant (42 puntos) y Klay Thompson (40) habían anotado más puntos en la primera parte de un partido en los últimos 20 años. pic.twitter.com/hfHcYzOofm
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As usual since the transfer market deadline, LaVine has the collaboration of Nikola Vucevic, who last night contributed a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Yes, between them they made 75 of the team’s 108 points, which makes it clear that there was little help from the rest. Only Coby White was in double-digit scoring with 11 points.
Young, another genius
He has yet to find the consistency of the best, but there are nights when Trae Young just does everything, and well. Yesterday his response to LaVine was 42 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists, a great performance that kept the Hawks afloat until they could give the final blow in the fourth quarter. Clint Capela contributed a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari added 20 points from the bench. Atlanta has won five of its last six games to currently be fifth in the Eastern Conference at 28-25.
“I think it is very important for everyone’s confidence to win these games in the fourth quarter. I think it gives all the guys a lot of confidence. You win games like this and that means that the next time you find yourself in a similar situation, you know how to tackle it, what to do in each and which shots are the right ones, ”says the Italian forward.
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