ATLANTA (AP) — Lauri Markkanen made three free throws to give Chicago the lead for good, Zach LaVine scored a career-high 47 points and the Bulls overcame Trae Young’s career-high 49 points to beat the Atlanta Hawks 168-161 in four overtimes Friday night.
Markkanen finished with 31 points with 17 rebounds. He snapped a 159-all tie by making the three free throws after he was fouled by Alex Len.
Young, the rookie who played almost 56 minutes, had his third straight game of setting or matching his career scoring high after back-to-back games with 36 points. He had 16 assists, eight rebounds and nine turnovers.
Young and DeAndre Bembry had turnovers in the final 30 seconds of the third overtime, preventing the Hawks from an opportunity to snap a 155-all tie.
Ryan Arcidiacono’s 3-pointer forced the third overtime.
LaVine said the game was exhausting.
“I’ve never been part of a game that long,” LaVine said. ”… I airballed one because I was so damn tired.”
LaVine was impressed with Young, the rookie who had his third straight game of setting or matching his career scoring high after back-to-back games with 36 points.
“Trae Young is an incredible talent,” LaVine said. “You can already see. He has the ‘it’ factor.”
Young hit a tiebreaking, step-back 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation before three free throws from Otto Porter Jr. forced the first overtime. Young’s last-second layup tied it at 140 to force the second overtime.
The rookie had 16 assists, eight rebounds and nine turnovers. Otherwise, his line was very similar to LaVine’s.
Young made 17 of 33 shots, including six 3-pointers. LaVine made 17 of 35 shots with six 3s. Each played almost 56 minutes.
“That was a fun game to play, probably one of the most fun games I’ve played in my career,” Young said. ” … I’m proud of the way we fought. We came up short but I love the way we fought.”
Young is the first Atlanta player to be named rookie of the month three times since Al Horford in 2007-08. Young won top rookie honors for the Eastern Conference in February after also winning in November and January.
The Bulls have won five of six.