Coach Jim Boylen removed LaVine midway through the first quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Heat after the Bulls fell behind 13-0, and kept him out of the game for more than five minutes. LaVine, who told Yahoo Sports after the loss that he sensed a lack of trust from his coach, responded in a big way on Saturday.
His 13 3-pointers are tied for the second most in a game in NBA history. Seven of those 3-pointers came in the fourth quarter, which tied the most in a single quarter in Bulls history.
The biggest one came with less than a second remaining.
Down two points with 8 seconds left after a Tomas Satoransky 3-pointer, the Bulls converged on Devonte’ Graham and forced the turnover. LaVine came up with the ball, dribbled behind the 3-point line on the right wing and launched a fadeaway 3 to win the game — completing an improbable comeback from 8 points down with under a minute to go.
LaVine finished the game with 49 points on 13-of-17 shooting from long range.