Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine Beats Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal for a 2020-21 Season Record

Published 03/04/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


Chicago Bulls are currently at a position that is their 4-year best in a tight-knit conference where every game is affecting the standings. They are 16-18 after the 128-124 win over the Pelicans and just a few wins away from the fourth seed Celtics who are 18-17.

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The Bulls are blooming under the scoring prowess of star Zach LaVine. The 25-YO, after joining the team in 2017, is yet to see his team get to the playoffs. However, this year has given them early hopes with all the wins coming at a stable pace.

Zach LaVine and his unnerving consistency

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Win or lose, Zach’s production for the Bulls is undeterred by the end result as he is continuously scoring 20+ points for as far as one can recall.

After the glorious night against a heavily loaded Pelicans, Zach now has 21 consecutive games this season where he has scored at least 20 points. This is a streak that even Bradley Beal (points average leader), All-star Kevin Durant, and rising phenom Luka Doncic could not match. 

Yes. Zach LaVine is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/terKtLd5zK

— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) March 4, 2021

The Young Hollywood of the NBA, Zach, is seeing an upward graph in his career, and this season has helped him average a career-best of 28.5 so far.

He is great at both ends of the floor and has also shown improvement in every efficiency matric. This is the first season in his career where he is averaging 50+ from the field and 40+ from behind the arc. Even his free throws have improved, signaling that his ceiling is high and that the Bulls would thrive under him.

The Chicago Bulls locked horns and toppled the Pelicans

The Pelicans were brimming with confidence after their season’s biggest win in the WC topping Utah Jazz. However, they hit the wall against the Bulls as their numbers trailed by 19 points until halftime.

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The Bulls kept center Steven Adams in check and forced him to stay scoreless after 22 minutes of play. Patrick Williams and Thaddeus Young did an amazing job of defending. Plus, a struggling Eric Bledsoe ensured the Bulls kept an edge over the Pelicans.

The latter half surely went to Zion Williamson and JJ Redick but nothing that could cover that huge deficit. Brandon Ingram’s three-pointer with 4 seconds remaining on the game clock gave some hopes to the Pelicans, but the Bulls still flourished.

Zach’s 36 points and their deep-range accuracy helped them enter the All-star break with their head held high.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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