Two days ago, Chicago Bulls defeated the number one seed in the Eastern Conference for the second time this season. This time around, it’s on the upswing, and the Bulls dropped double digits in the third quarter.
The Brooklyn Nets are maintaining control, while it feels like the game is about to begin. All the Bulls need is someone to step up and grab it.
In Q4, it was all DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine. Specifically, DeRozan scored 15 points on his own that quarter. The Bulls took the lead and won.
Meanwhile, DeRozan and LaVine find themselves in a rare company after big win via the Brooklyn Nets.
Chicago Bulls stars Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan have now joined the elite team with their performances to date.
LaVine scored 31 while DeRozan finished with 29 in the match against the Nets. This gave the duo their 11th game, where they both top with 25 points this season. Every The amplitudes, the last duo to achieve that feat was Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in 2000-2001.
That means the two have done what even LeBron James couldn’t do with Dwyane Wade or Kyrie Irving. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? Are not. Not even those guys have done what DeRozan and LaVine have done this season.
Let’s recall some of the most iconic duets of the past 20 years and none of them have done what we’re seeing in Chicago this season. It is truly remarkable.
The best part about this? DeRozan is scoring a lot of points in the fourth quarter – so many, that he becomes Number one top scorer in the fourth quarter in the NBA. The performance against Brooklyn is nothing new. In fact, it was the second game in a row that he participated in and led the Bulls to a victory late in the game.
DeRozan scored 178 points in the fourth quarter of this season, a good first time in the league. He averaged 7.7 points in his fourth game while already making 63 on-field goals, both firsts in the league.
Bulls were +69 with DeRozan in the fourth quarter, the highest +/- of any player with 200 minutes or more (Statmuse).
We’re now at the point where DeRozan should be right below Curry in conversation with MVP.
Just a few months ago, experts have criticized The Bulls’ signing of DeRozan was the worst move of the season. Now, he has proven all of them wrong and, along with LaVine, is part of the league’s top scorer duo.
To start the season off, there’s a kind of vibe around the basketball world that feels “cute.” The Bulls are back – but it’s early.
You know what else is cute? German Shepherd puppies.
It’s not cute anymore. This is a team that the rest of the Eastern Conference should fear. We were late enough in the season. The Bulls are a team that has proven they can fight through any adversity and not only try with the best of them, but beat them as well.
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