Zach LaVine scored 40 points on 15-for-20 shooting, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-102 on Tuesday night for their second consecutive win.
LaVine led the way as Chicago shot 51% (48 for 94) from the field. The All-Star guard was 7 for 12 from 3-point range.
Lauri Markkanen had 22 points for the Bulls, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and nine rebounds. Tomas Satoransky concluded with 13 points and seven assists.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points for Oklahoma City, which had won three of four. Moses Brown had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Kenrich Williams scored 14.
Lu Dort (toe) and Al Horford (rest) were unavailable. Horford was rested for consecutive matches for this first time this campaign.
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LaVine made his first five shots — including four 3-pointers — as Chicago raced to a 42-28 lead after one quarter.
But the Thunder stormed back with a 15-0 run and took a 50-49 lead with 6:32 left in the half on William’s 3-pointer from the corner.
LaVine returned to the lineup and Chicago got back on track offensively, outscoring Oklahoma City 21-14 heading into the intermission.
LaVine stayed hot early in the third quarter, sinking his first three shots on layups. Chicago outscored Oklahoma City 31-16 in the third to up its lead to 102-79.
The match featured two of the youngest players in the NBA. Oklahoma City’s Aleksaj Pokusevski (19 years, 3 months) and Chicago’s Patrick Williams (19 years, 7 months) both started.
Pokusevski and Williams both had 23 points in their previous games. But they struggled in this one. Pokusevski finished with four points on 2-for-9 shooting. Williams had just two points, going 1 for 9 from the floor.
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