Zach LaVine Joins Michael Jordan and Jimmy Butler With Spectacular 50-Point Game for the Bulls

Published 04/10/2021, 2:30 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots as San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) looks on in the first quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports


Zach LaVine is having his best season yet. After showing glimpses of his potential for several years, LaVine is finally living up to the said potential for the Chicago Bulls.

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The franchise has a lot of faith in him and has built around him, bringing in fellow All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. And it looks like it has paid dividends, as LaVine just made more history for the Chicago Bulls.

Zach LaVine makes Bulls history

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In Chicago Bulls‘ game against the Atlanta Hawks, Zach LaVine put up a new career-high. LaVine went off, scoring 50 points in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

LaVine made history in the process, becoming the fifth Chicago Bull to score 50 points for the franchise. He joins Michael Jordan, Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, and Chet Walker to score 50 or more points for the historic NBA franchise.

Despite LaVine’s incredible scoring, the Bulls were not able to get the win against the Atlanta Hawks. The Bulls have been struggling in recent games, despite the addition of Nikola Vucevic.

As is the case with most additions, LaVine and Vucevic are building their chemistry together slowly. The duo will need a little more time to be able to work together in winning efforts for the franchise.

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LaVine is having his best season with the Chicago Bulls so far. He made the All-Star game for the first time in his career. Furthermore, he has made the Bulls competitive in the Eastern Conference.

Currently, the Bulls have a 22-29 record in the conference and are on track to make a play-in game to reach the playoffs. LaVine will be hoping to push the Bulls up the rankings to secure a better seed.

LaVine putting up strong numbers

For the season, LaVine is averaging his best numbers career-wise. He is averaging 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Furthermore, he is averaging 41% from the three-point line, 85% from the free-throw line, and 50% from the field.

LaVine’s numbers are showing a natural progression, one that Bulls fans have been waiting for.

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Apr 9, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Zach LaVine push the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs? He and Nikola Vucevic need to understand their dynamic and start working well together.

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However, the Eastern Conference is as competitive as it has been in years. And the duo will have to work hard in order to push the team into a playoff spot.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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