MEMPHIS – Two weeks ago, it was Otto Porter that had his night to remember against the Grizzlies. His 37 points were a career-high as he delivered his best performance in easily his early time as a member of the Bulls.
The forward was still pretty good on Wednesday night when the teams met in the rematch in Memphis, but one of his teammates was a bit better.
Zach LaVine, who scored 15 points in the victory over the Grizzlies at the United Center on February 13th, stepped up to score 30 points at the Fed Ex Forum to help the Bulls to a 109-107 victory.
The guard put in 12-of-19 shots on the evening and hit all four of his free throws in a complete effort in which he also had five rebounds and four assists. It also makes up for a lackluster 4-for-11 shooting performance Monday night in which he scored just 11 points as the Bulls saw a three-game winning streak end in a loss to the Bucks.
This time his 30 points along with strong efforts from Porter (20 points) and Lauri Markkanen (22 points) helped the Bulls to their 17th victory of the season.
It finishes off a strong month for LaVine, who ended up averaging 24.5 points per game over ten contests in the last 28 days. It’s the second-highest average for LaVine for a month in his career, second only to earlier this season in October, when he averaged 28.1 in eight games. This month included the guard’s career-high 42 points against the Celtics last Saturday.
In seven of the games over the month, LaVine scored 22 or more points, with his total against the Grizzlies on Wednesday being his second-highest output of the month. He’s now gone to or above the 30 point mark eight times this season.
Twelve of LaVine’s points came in the final 7:06 of the game when the Bulls were able to separate themselves from the Grizzlies. His jumper with 1:04 remaining was the final shot made from the floor by the team all night, as three free throws from Markkanen and one from Porter finished off the two-point victory.
It was a night that belonged to LaVine, who finished off a great month as the star of this win over Memphis.