Even when the Chicago Bulls fell behind by 19 points in the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors, Zach LaVine said he and the rest of the team remained calm.
“Then once we got back into it, I think a lot of guys made a lot of different plays. But I give him credit, he had that mentality that he’s going to do whatever he can do to get us back into the game.”
The Bulls became the first 10th seed to win a play-in tournament game by getting to the rim consistently in the second half.
They created 29 points off drives in the second half while limiting the Raptors to just two points, according to ESPN tracking, led by LaVine, who scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting on drives (7-for-7 free throws).
“Just aggressiveness, really,” LaVine said. “We started figuring out how they were playing us. They were so far up the court and they started doubling [DeMar DeRozan] with pick-and-rolls. … For me, in the third quarter, just throw it all out there.” The Associated Press