■ 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.

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGO SPORTS -

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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