Zach LaVine scores 50 points, but Bulls lose to Hawks

    Zach LaVine scores 50 points, but Bulls lose to Hawks

    ATLANTA – Trae Young scored 42 points to help the Atlanta Hawks overcome a fiery performance by Zach LaVine to beat the Chicago Bulls 120-108 on Friday night.

    LaVine scored 39 of 50 points in the first half, and Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bulls’ three-game win streak was snapped. Chicago was trying to win four games in a row for the first time since December 2017.

    Zach LaVine scores 50 points, but Bulls lose to Hawks

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    LaVine, who set the NBA record for points in the first half of this season, scored 25 in a row in the second quarter, but the Hawks weren’t easy, taking an 86-84 lead going into the fourth.

    It looked like the Bulls were in good shape when LaVine hit a layup to put Chicago up 88-86 with 11:07 left. But Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 20 points in a reserve role, drilled a straight 3 at the 5:48 mark. Young fed Capela for an alley-oop dunk two possessions later to make it 104-101 in the Hawks’ favor.

    Another straight triple from Gallinari and a shot off the bench by Young put Atlanta ahead 111-103 with 3:26 to play. LaVine came out of a timeout to commit a fumble, and the Hawks took a comfortable 10-point lead on Capela’s dunk with 2:42 left.

    Gallinari followed with a 3 from the left wing to put Atlanta up 116-106 in the final minute to extend a 19-4 run and end the remaining suspense.

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    LaVine, an All-Star point guard, edged the Hawks 10-4 for the 9:46 mark of the first and then made it 14-10 with a fast break alley-oop layup. He scored 39 of the Bulls’ first 62 points as Chicago took an 11-point lead with 2:51 left in the second. LaVine was 13 of 18 from the field and 7 of 9 on 3s in the first half.

    LaVine, the first Bulls player to score 30 in the first half since Michael Jordan had goals on February 24, 1997 against Portland, had another great achievement this season. He started the game as one of three players to average 25.0 points while shooting 50% from the field, 40% from 3s, and 85% from free throws.

    Young hit a 3 down the fastball and a runner to cut the deficit to six early in the third and hit another runner down the line to make it 73-69 midway through the third. The Hawks finally broke through, taking the lead on Onyeka Okongwu’s throwback in the final minute of the period.

    LaVine’s record in the previous season was 46 on February 10 against New Orleans.

    Associated Press contributed to this report.

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