What a memorable night it was in Chicago on Saturday! Plenty of BEST STATS to go ’round as Luol Deng played his heart out, (as he usually does), in a thrilling overtime win vs the Toronto Raptors 102-101.
For Deng, it was his highest scoring game since March 2nd. It was also his second straight double-double as he poured in 23 points and had 10 rebounds. He also added two steals, one block, and four assists. But what truly made this a Best Stat entry is that Deng played for an amazing 50 minutes and only had one turnover!
With Derrick Rose missing his sixth straight game, Deng was summoned to play some extra minutes despite the fact that he has had some wrist issues over the past several weeks.
Besides his double-double and extended time on the floor, Deng, in an ultra-dramatic finish, also won the game for the Bulls, making a put-back with just 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock!
To top off Deng’s gutsy performance, the Bulls’ win turned out to be not just any win but their 40th of the season putting them at 40-10 and clinching a playoff spot! They’ll get some much needed rest on Sunday before facing the Denver Nuggets at home where they are 20-4 this season, on Monday.
Luol Deng and the Chicago Bulls: our BEST STAT entry of the week!!