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Zach LaVine Leads Ferocious late comeback and saves Chicago Bulls against the Charlotte Hornets

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Zach was back

Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

With 45 seconds left to play, the Chicago Bulls trailed the lowly Charlotte Hornets by eight points and were on the precipice of another gut wrenching loss in this already wildly disappointing season.

After a Bulls full timeout, Zach LaVine hit two 3-pointers, Coby White hit a layup, and the Bulls played the foul game but were still only able to pull within five points with about 15 seconds to play

You’re expecting the end of the story to read that the Bulls lost, right? On any other night this season, that is for sure how the story would have ended. But tonight in the final 15 seconds in Charlotte, LaVine, Tomas Satoransky, and Ryan Arcidiacono weren’t having it.

The Bulls won the game 116-115.

A day after getting called out publicly by his head coach for his defensive lapses, LaVine exploded for a career-high 49 points nearly single handedly preventing the Bulls from suffering another disastrous loss at the hands of the Hornets. He hit 13 3-point field goals which ties an all-time NBA record.

It was a hell of a response after the drama of just one night ago which Boylen downplayed postgame. Per NBC Sports Chicago reporter K.C. Johnson.

“He [LaVine] is always good when we coach him and talk to him. He wants to play better. I want him to play better. And I am really happy for him.”

At the end of the game, the Bulls players had an interesting reception to Boylen trying to celebrate with them.