Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan second Bulls duo since ’96 to score 39+

LaVine, DeRozan become second Bulls duo to score 39 each originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine each had a heckuva game on Friday night.

DeRozan scored 49 points and LaVine scored 39 points in the Bulls’ win against the Timberwolves. With that, they became the second duo in Bulls history to score 39+ points each in game.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen wrote themselves in as the first, scoring 44 and 40 points, respectively, against the Indiana Pacers in 1996.

DeRozan shot 15-of-25 from the field on Friday, adding 14 rebounds and four assists to his night. LaVine also shot 15-of-25 from the field, adding four rebounds and five assists to a productive evening.

The Bulls went to double overtime with the Timberwolves and defeated them at home, 139-131. The last time the Bulls faced Minnesota, they allowed them to score 150 points against them, which reportedly sparked disputes in the locker room at halftime.

This time, the Bulls didn’t allow that to happen. They shot an astounding 54.3 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point land.

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They improved their record on the season to 32-37, giving Minnesota a loss to fall back to under .500 on the season. The Bulls now own the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. With that place, they own a spot in the play-in, but only by a 0.5 game.

Their upcoming schedule isn’t any easier. They play the Miami Heat on Saturday before taking on the Philadelphia 76ers twice next week on the road and at home. There are 13 games left in the season for the Bulls to etch their spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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