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Bulls Manage Zion and the Pelicans, Head Into All-Star Break on High Note

Zach LaVine led the Bulls past Zion Williamson and the Pelicans to send Chicago to the All-Star break on a high note.
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The Summary

The Chicago Bulls took on budding superstar Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night and prevailed with a 128-124 victory. Zion Williamson provided the brunt of the offense early on for the Pelicans. In the end, he posted 28 points and nine rebounds while also attempting an astonishing 16 free throws. However, it wasn't enough to overcome Zach LaVine and the Bulls.

LaVine put together an easy 36 points to go with eight assists. Even with four turnovers, this gave him a 2:1 assist-turnover ratio. Coby White jumped in with 25 points, Thaddeus Young contributed 18 points, and Patrick Williams added 13 points to lead the Bulls in scoring. The big story of the night was efficiency. The Bulls collectively made the 50-40-90 club and limited their turnovers to 14 on the game.

The Setup

The Bulls entered this contest on a two-game losing streak with the potential to become a three-game skid with the loss of superstar big man Luke Kornet announced before the game. The two teams sported similar records. The Bulls sat at 15-18 and the Pelicans stood at 15-19. Of course, the Bulls have been in almost every game they've played. With some better execution and literally anyone other than superstar big man Luke Kornet playing heavy minutes as a backup big, the Bulls could have won their last two games. Hypotheticals aside, this promised to be a close matchup.

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What’s On Tap Next?

Your Chicago Bulls will take some time off before hitting the floor again on Thursday, March 11th against the 24-12 Philadelphia 76ers at 7:00 CST. The Bulls almost took down a Ben Simmons-less Sixers team back on February 19th. Ultimately, they lost 112-105. As always, tune in to the latest Bulls On Tap podcast for further postgame analysis.