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Zach LaVine sets Bulls 3-point record, hits game-winner one night after being benched

LaVine's 13 3-pointers rank second-most among any single-game total

Whether the message got across or Zach LaVine was refuting its necessity in the first place, the Bulls guard responded to an in-game benching against Miami on Friday with a spectacular Saturday performance.

LaVine, who was subbed out less than four minutes into Friday’s loss to the Heat, canned a franchise-record 13 3-pointers in Chicago’s 116-115 barnburner over the Hornets. The last three of his career-high 49 points were the most dramatic and least likely: a fadeaway 3 made possible only after Chicago stole the inbounds pass with Charlotte leading by two.

LaVine’s game-winner went down with just 0.8 seconds remaining, giving Chicago a dramatic win just 24 hours after postgame drama punctuated another poor start to the Bulls’ season.

Friday saw Chicago coach Jim Boylen replace LaVine after the Bulls fell behind 13-0.

“I thought he needed to come in and think about it,” Boylen told reporters after the game. “I felt there were some defensive mistakes that didn’t need to be made. I thought he needed to come over and think about it for a minute.”

LaVine did not seem eager to agree.

“I guess I was to blame for it,” he said noncomittally. “I’ve got pulled early before by him. I guess that’s just his thing to do. You have to take it in stride. I’m not the coach.”

Boylen likely had no issues with LaVine on hit a sizzling 13-of-17 from beyond the arc on Saturday (17-of-28 overall) in 35 minutes of action. The 3-point shooting spree ties Stephen Curry for second-most makes in NBA history behind Klay Thompson’s record 14 made 3s.