CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine felt he was one shot away. Once they started going in, he took over.
LaVine scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two clutch foul shots with 2.1 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-109 on Monday night.
The 24-year-old LaVine, making a bid for his first All-Star appearance, extended his streak of games with at least 20 points to 15, matching his career best. He went four for eight from the field in the fourth after missing 11 of his first 14 shots.
“Just had to settle in,” he said. “I’m always confident. My teammates kept telling me, `You’re going to help us win this game.’ All I needed to see was one go in, and I think that’s how you turn a bad game into a good one.”
LaVine won an entertaining duel with DeMar DeRozan after Chicago trailed by 10 heading into the final period. DeRozan tied it at 108 on a tough fadeaway jumper with 8.6 seconds left, but LaVine responded with two free throws after he was fouled by Jakob Poetl on a drive to the basket.
San Antonio had one last chance, and DeRozan was fouled by Kris Dunn on a long jumper with 0.2 seconds to go. DeRozan made the first free throw, missed the second and grabbed the rebound, but was unable to get a shot off before time expired.