Zach LaVine saw an opportunity, and he took it.
With no Luka Doncic on the court for the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, LaVine had a chance to be the clear-cut best player on the court, and he wasted absolutely no time proving that he was.
In the first quarter alone, LaVine hoisted up 13 shots, knocking down 9 and finishing with 21 points. He tacked on 8 more points in the 2nd frame, heading into the locker room with 29(!) at the half. The electric first quarter helped launch him into the Bulls record books, as his 29 points were the most in a Bulls’ first-half since Michael Jordan dropped 30 on Portland in 1997.
His head got a bit smaller and his flames a bit lighter in the second half thanks to his NBA Jam counterpart, Coby White, taking on more of the scoring load. However, when the final buzzer sounded, the Bulls star still put together an awfully impressive performance with 39 points (56 FG%), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
Anyway, it was the kind of Zach LaVine performance all of us were waiting to see this season, so it can’t hurt to give the bucket-getting another watch this morning:
I don’t know about you, but that looks like an All-Star to me *spams eyeball emoji button.*