Thanks to 35 points and seven three-pointers by guard Zach Lavine, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 136-102, on Wednesday night at the United Center.
“Zach’s efficiency obviously is unbelievable,” said Jim Boylen, head coach of the Bulls after his team’s 34 point victory over the Hawks.”A efficient game for him.”
After 25 minutes of play, Boylen watched his star go 7-7 from beyond the three-point arc on 12 of 15 shooting from the field.
Lavine’s hot shooting led the Bulls to a season high 37 point first quarter, the most points they’ve put up in an opening frame since dropping 38 points on February 25th, against the Milwaukee Bucks.
In addition to a hot shooting night by Lavine, the Bulls finished with six players in double figures which included Lavine’s 35 points, Lauri Markkanen 22 points, Coby White 19 points, Thaddeus Young 15 points, Wendell Carter Jr. 11 points, and Denzel Valentine 10 points (scoring eight in the first quarter).
The Bulls also held efficient scorer Trae Young to zero points in the first quarter, thanks to immense pressure on the ball defense by point guard Kris Dunn. Dunn finished the night with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
“I think KD (Kris Dunn) takes the challenge of (guarding Trae Young),” said coach Boylen. “He has great respect for him.”
Dunn held Young to 4 of 15 shooting from the field.
Final Score: Bulls 136, Hawks 102.
With the win, the Bulls improved to 9-17 on the season.
Chicago Crusader Player of The Game:
Zach Lavine, Bulls, Game High 35 points, 7-7 from behind the 3 point arc.
Joseph Phillips is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 15 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.