CHARLOTTE – A night after being pulled early in the first quarter, Zach LaVine could not be stopped.
LaVine scored a career-high 49 points, becoming only the third player in NBA history to make 13 threes in a game. His final triple capped a dramatic last-minute comeback, overcoming an eight point deficit to beat the Hornets 116-115.
Head coach Jim Boylen singled LaVine out in the Bulls lackluster start against the Heat Friday night, benching him for ‘three egregious defensive mistakes.’
He responded with 27 points in the fourth quarter, three shy of Michael Jordan’s record.
“Shooters shoot, man. I got hot. I didn’t even know how many I had. I just kept shooting,” remarked LaVine after the game.
The Bulls set a franchise record from beyond the arc as a team, making 22 threes in their sixth win of the season.