Lavine and Coby White make NBA history in win over New Orleans – After losing to the Wizards on Monday, the Bulls looked to get on track against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. The Pelicans have beaten the Bulls in six straight games, stemming back to November of 2017.
New Orleans is currently leading the NBA in offensive rebounding, at 11.5 per game. The Bulls keeping Zion Williamson and Steven Adams off the glass will be a major key to winning the game tonight.
Lavine, Bulls start the game on fire
Chicago started the 1st quarter with 6 assists on 7 field goals, jumping out to a 20-18 lead with 7 minutes left. The Bulls also shot well to start the game. They went 10/11 on three-pointers, setting a season high in three’s made in the opening quarter. Zach Lavine was 5/5 from the three point line and scored 20 points, leading Chicago to a 44-34 advantage going into the 2nd.
Pelicans dominate the 2nd quarter, spoil Bulls’ franchise record for a half
The Pelicans came out aggressive to begin the 2nd. They went on a 17-10 run to reduce the Bulls lead to 54-51 with 7.5 minutes left. Lavine later hit a three to give the Bulls a 66-61 lead with 3 min left. More importantly, that shot set a franchise record for three’s made in the first half for Chicago, with 14.
New Orleans responded with a 13-0 run, to lead 74-66 going into the 2nd half. The Pelicans outscored the Bulls 40-22 in the 2nd, with Lonzo Ball leading the way with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. They also had 6 offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to 9 second chance points. Lavine led the way for the Bulls, with 27 points.
Lavine and Coby White make NBA history
Chicago regained the lead in the 3rd behind Lavine and Coby White, as they scored 14 points early in the quarter. They led the Bulls to a 21-5 run, to go up 87-79 with 7 minutes left. Behind a lay-up from Thaddeus Young, the Bulls earned their largest lead of the game at 95-81 with 3.5 minutes left.
Coby White ended the 3rd quarter hitting his 8th three of the game, to give him 30 points. His three also set the all-time record for Chicago, with 23 three’s made in the game. This was also the first time in NBA history two teammates both hit 8 three pointers. Chicago led 106-88 going into the 4th quarter
Bulls break Pelicans four game win streak
New Orleans went on a 16-9 run to kick off the 4th quarter, shrinking the Bulls lead to 115-104 with 7 minutes left. Lavine later passed Steve Kerr for 6th place in three pointers made with the Bulls, at 431. Lavine’s 9th three gave him 42 points in the game and Chicago a 123-106 lead with 5 minutes left. With 45 seconds left, Lavine closed out the game with a layup, scoring a season-high 46 points. The Bulls beat the Pelicans for the first time since 2017, 129-116.
Lavine and White combined to score 76 point in the game, with their 17 three pointers leading the Bulls to a franchise record 25 three’s. Denzel Valentine also scored in double-digits for the fifth straight game, with 16 points. In addition to their hot-shooting, Chicago also held the Pelicans to only 40 points in the 2nd half.
New Orleans(11-13) will look to start a new win streak against the Mavericks(12-14) on Friday at 6:30pm CT.
Chicago(10-14) will play next against Kawhi and the Clippers(18-8) on Friday at 7pm CT.
Lavine and Coby White make NBA history in win over New Orleans