DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine Snatch Michael Jordan’s Two Bulls Scoring Records With 88 Points in a Game

Akash Murty
|Published 18/03/2023

Since the Zach LaVine-led Bulls have got themselves DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic searching for their first championship since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen-led Bulls last did it 25 years ago, nothing has gone their way.

Even this year the Bulls’ season has not gone as anyone would have thought of at the beginning of the season but exactly how as their last season ended with a heartbreaking 4-1 gentleman’s sweep at the hands of the Bucks.

Their regular season last season, although it had a steep decline towards the end, was on par with the ongoing one where they are struggling to even qualify for the Play-in tournament.

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Mind you, they boast three of the league’s best scorers at their particular positions, and yet they are the #10 seed currently. However, their late push in the past few games is showing signs of them being capable of reaching somewhere. In their latest outing, they did something which might send some fans back in time.

DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine take over two scoring records from Michael Jordan

Friday night must have been mesmerizing for the old-school fans in Chicago. Not only did their team beat the Wolves 139-131 in double OT to keep themselves floating for the Play-in spot, but their sensational duo also went berserk and became the first Bulls pair since Jordan and Pippen to each score 39 points or more.

LaVine had 39 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, whereas Debo had his season-high 49 points and 14 rebounds alongside 4 assists and 3 steals.

Their 88 points combined is 4 more than Jordan and Pippen’s effort against the Pacers in 1996, making them the highest scoring over Jordan and Horace Grant who combined for 85 in 1990.

Can the Bulls keep their season alive?

This year’s Play-in tournament might have a few upsets, unlike the previous ones. The Bulls have won three of their last four games and if they keep it up, there can finish the season with good momentum and get themselves a matchup with either the Hawks or the Raptors.
A 5-game differential with the Heat is unlikely to get any closer and that is the only team that looks better than them currently. So, if they can avoid Jimmy Butler and Co. they could make some noise in the East.

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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