The Chicago Bulls are on a roll.
After a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic, the Bulls now own the league’s longest winning streak in eight games as they extend their lead over the Brooklyn Nets at the top of the Eastern Conference to 2.0 games.
Four of his eight victories have been decided by five points or less, highlighted by DeMar DeRozan’s back-to-back victories against the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.
“We can’t be satisfied with anything,” DeRozan said. via the Chicago Tribune. “We work very hard, we cannot take anything for granted. We understand our task, and that is to keep improving.
“Yes, we won some games. We are on a winning streak, but we are not satisfied with any of that. “
As they look to continue their red-hot streak, let’s dive into some of the numbers behind their eight-game streak.
10: years since they last won 8 matches in a row
His current eight-game winning streak is the Bulls’ longest since the 2012 season.
The five starters responsible for that streak included reigning MVP Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
The current Bulls still have a long way to go to break the franchise record of 18 that was set by the legendary Bulls 72-10 1995-96 who won the NBA championship.
2: Offensive shooting on all cylinders
In their last eight games, the Bulls have the second best offensive rating in the league with 119.0, second only to the San Antonio Spurs (4-4).
Despite players moving in and out of the lineup due to health and safety protocols, most notably Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso, the Bulls haven’t missed a beat offensively.
Only DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic and Coby White have appeared in all eight games during the streak.
92: Starting bulls leading the way
The Bulls rely on their starting group for most of their points, with only the Toronto Raptors bench producing less than the Bulls’ reserves this season.
Through 35 games, Bulls starters averaged 84.4 points per night (1st in NBA), but during this streak they have improved things, putting 92.0 points per game.
DeRozan has been the leader, averaging 28.5, while Zach LaVine has 27.7 per night and Vucevic 17.8.
1: Zach LaVine in Uncharted Waters
Going into the season, Bulls guard Zach LaVine had never won four games in a row in his entire seven-year NBA career.
How things have turned for the 2020 Olympic gold medalist, who is currently enjoying his best stretch of basketball and is now on track to make his first playoff appearance this season.
During the streak, LaVine has played in six of those games, averaging 27.7 points, scoring the ball with ridiculous efficiency at 53.2 percent from the field, 54.2 percent from the 3-point line, and 91.7 percent from the line. free shots.