The Bulls trailed the Hornets by two in the final minute tonight.
The good new for Chicago: Zach LaVine had just 28 points.
Lately, LaVine seems destined to score 30+ every game. Sure enough, he scored the game’s final four points to lead the Bulls to a 112-110 win.
LaVine has scored 30, 33, 34 and now 32 points in Chicago’s first four games. Most of the other players to open a season with four straight 30-point games – Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Adrian Dantley, Marques Johnson, Tiny Archibald, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Jack Twyman – are Hall of Famers.
Tonight, LaVine reached 30 on a tough turnaround jumper over Kemba Walker to tie the game. Then, LaVine – not known for his defense – denied Walker an inbound pass with 6.2 seconds left and the shot-clock off, knocking the ball off the Charlotte guard. LaVine drew a foul on the other end and made both free throws, even though he tried to miss the second.
Just that kind of hot stretch for LaVine.