■ Zach LaVine scores 44, pulls down 10 rebounds and dishes 8 assists, just missing his first career triple-double as the Bulls rally to top the Cavaliers 118-106.
Zach LaVine (above) put together one of his best all-around games of the season Saturday night, scoring 44 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing eight assists to lead the Bulls to a 118-106 victory against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
He just missed his first career triple-double, but LaVine scored 40 points for the fourth time this season, tied for the third most in the NBA. His performance led the Bulls’ charge as he played the entire third quarter and the Bulls outscored the Cavs 40-19 to take control.
It was a marked difference from Friday night, when LaVine was crowded and frustrated by Kings defenders all game. Every time he drove the ball toward the paint, he was met with double teams and triple teams, a potential preview of how difficult life was about to become without forward Lauri Markkanen (pelvis) to help space the floor. But LaVine has been tasked with carrying this Bulls offense all season and showed once again Saturday that he was up to the task.
A week earlier at the United Center, the Cavs blew a 19-point lead and gave up 42 points to LaVine. They had no answer for him once again Saturday. He hit them for 27 points in the first half, a signal that he was on his way to another scoring big game.
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