The Bulls put on a good performance in the first half. They went into the locker room with a 13-point lead and seemed to be in control en route to another win. But Trey Young and the Hawks had other plans and outscored the Bulls in the second half to secure a comfortable victory.
The Bulls came into this game looking to continue their winning streak. After winning their last three games, the Bulls went into this game full of confidence. They were largely in good form, with only Garrett Schläfe out of action with an ankle injury.
The Hawks were without De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, Chris Dunn and Cam Reddish. Despite the absence of key players for the Hawks, the Bulls were unable to pull away.
LaVine has scored 50 points in his career, including 39 in the first half. He once again showed why he is an All-Star this season by showing the different ways he can score and make his teammates around him better.
Another interesting aspect of the game is that LaVine’s 39 points are the most he has scored all season in the first half. He also became the fifth player in Bulls history to score 50 points.
It was certainly a memorable night for LaVine and an entertaining game from the fans’ point of view
This team struggles at times as Lavin and Nikola Vucevic get used to playing together. The Bulls will be at their best when both players play aggressively and fit into their natural game.
With 21 games left in the season, the Bulls hope LaVine can maintain this impressive level of play.
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Lauri Markkanen still has to get used to life on the bench
Withdrawing from the starting lineup in the middle of the season certainly brings its own ups and downs. After Lauri Markkanen was traded for Thaddeus Young, he had to find a new role on the bench. Against the Hawks, he accounted for five points and five rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Prior to Friday’s game, Markkanen made the most of his minutes, averaging 11.8 PPG and 4.4 RPG in 21 minutes.
It makes sense that there would be some inconsistency in the game after such a change, but the Bulls hope Markkanen can continue to play with confidence in the final 21 games of the season. Lauri giving his best will only make the bench and the players around him stronger.
Despite the Bulls loss, this game was very entertaining. The game between Zach LaVine and Trae Young was an example of two of the NBA’s brightest stars going up against each other, as LaVine scored 50 points and Young an impressive 42.
The main conclusion is that the NBA is in good hands with a lot of young talent in the league. It will be fun to see these two stars collide again in the near future.
The Bulls return to action Sunday night when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. Question Time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago. Listen to the Bulls On Tap podcast for a post-game show and more Bulls On Tap analysis and commentary.