Zach LaVine breaks Ben Gordon's single-season Bulls' 3-point record


Zach LaVine had never met Ben Gordon before the former Bull stopped by training camp last Fall.

The two offensive-minded players talked scoring and shooting and how Gordon’s game would fit seamlessly in today’s NBA.

Little did either person know that five months later, LaVine would break Gordon’s franchise record for most 3-pointers in a season. Heck, LaVine didn’t even know until an in-game announcement by the Bulls’ public address announcer.

“That’s dope. Its two different eras obviously. I feel like BG was an incredible 3-point shooter,” LaVine said. “It’s a credit to a lot of hard work I put into it. I’m going to continue to do my thing.”

For a change, LaVine spoke following a victory as the Bulls snapped their eight-game skid with a 126-117 triumph over the Wizards. LaVine posted his 18th 30-point game this season with 32 points, one shy of Coby White’s team-high total and nine more than Thad Young’s season-high 25 points.

Tomas Satoransky joined the fun with 15 points and 13 assists, one shy of his career-high. Yes, it was that kind of night — finally — for the Bulls.

“It feels good obviously,” LaVine said. “You get tired of losing.”

LaVine’s 3-point prowess improved to the point he participated in the 3-point shootout at All-Star weekend for the first time. His 38.2 percent shooting is above his career percentage and his eight attempts per game are a career-high by 1.4 per game.

“I think just the consistency of it,” LaVine said, when asked for what has pleased him most about his improvements from long-range. “You’re never going to be a dude where you hit all your shots. But being consistent, keeping your same routine, I think I’ve done a good job with that.”

That sounds a lot like Gordon, whose daily routine ran like clockwork. LaVine now has 177 3-pointers with 24 games remaining, four more than Gordon sank in 2008-09.

As for Satoransky, he rebounded from his worst game of the season on Saturday night versus the Suns with another strong performance against his former team. Satoransky, who failed to score on eight misses with three turnovers against Phoenix, averaged 17.3 points and 8 assists in his four games against the Wizards.

“I wish I could do that against other teams too,” Satoransky said, laughing. “It was a tough game (Saturday) for me, probably one of my worst in two years. I just wasn’t in the game at all. I was frustrated with myself. It’s good I can forget about it quickly.”

Even LaVine could forget about his nine turnovers, which raised his average this month to an unsightly 5.6 per game over seven February contests. LaVine committed four offensive fouls against the Wizards.

“I’m harder on myself for my turnovers when we lose,” LaVine said. “If I had 20 turnovers and we won, I could give a damn.”

Finally, the Bulls were in position to give a damn.

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