Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls took down the Sacramento Kings 122-114 Saturday night. For most of the game, the Bulls remained in control. However, the Kings made it interesting in the fourth, tightening things until LaVine and Thaddeus Young bailed the Bulls out down the stretch. LaVine logged 38 points and got some help from Coby White (19 points) and Young (18) to lead the Bulls to the victory.
The Bulls and Kings both came into this game off of losing performances. The Bulls lost a surprisingly close one to the first-place Philadelphia 76ers, and the Kings came in riding a five-game losing streak. Furthermore, both teams were lacking key players due to injuries. As Chicago prepared to play the second of a back-to-back, one of the major storylines was how an already thin Bulls team would hold up.
LaVine Scores A Lot Of Points
What a heading, right? But seriously, LaVine put together an almost effortless 38-point performance. He shot 75% (15-20) from the field and 50% from deep. Whenever the Bulls found themselves in need of a bucket, LaVine was there to hit a step-back jumper or a tough layup. This performance marked his seventh 30-point game in eight games and 15th on the season. It seems as the NBA world debates how good LaVine really is, he just keeps getting better.
Role Player Highlights
Thaddeus Young has received heaps of praise this season and for good reason. The veteran put up 18 points tonight on 8/12 shooting. He came up with clutch buckets down the stretch and things just got calmer with him on the floor. As the Bulls start thinking about the trade deadline, they have a tough decision to make with Young. He clearly helps these young players get better, but he could also potentially fetch a future first-round draft pick.
Meanwhile, rookie Patrick Williams had a tough first quarter, but he rallied to record his second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Of course, it helps when you chip in a 50-plus foot buzzer-beater.
What’s On Tap Next?
Your Chicago Bulls will be back in action Monday night against the 11-17 Houston Rockets at 7:00 CST. What a bizarre record to see from a team that most expected to be a title contender. Of course, that feels like ages ago. Still, John Wall is still balling out, so it should be a close game. As always, tune in to the latest Bulls On Tap podcast for further postgame analysis.