Zach LaVine
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Zach LaVine exploded for 39 points against the Dallas Mavericks to help the Chicago Bulls get closer to a 50 percent record as they claimed their third win in the first seven games of the season.

LaVine made 14 of his 25 attempts getting three three-pointers in the process against the Mavericks, who played without Luka Doncic.

After the game, the Bulls’ star claimed that he could go for 50 points, but winning is more important to him.

(via K.C. Jonhson of NBC Sports):

“I mean, like tonight, if I had just went out there and shot every time, I could’ve got 50 probably. But I’m trying to win the game,” LaVine told reporters on Sunday.

The Bulls started the season with three losses, but gradually found their footing in the last four games to get closer to 50 percent record-wise.

LaVine is averaging 22.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists during the first seven games of the 2020/21 campaign. He is shooting 43.7% from the field and 29.5% from beyond the arc.

The Bulls will need to see an even better version of LaVine this season, as they are trying to return to the postseason for the first time since 2016.