PHILADELPHIA The Chicago Bulls defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in a decisive victory thanks in large part to Zach LaVine’s 41-point outburst. His 11 triples came on just 13 attempts, and he inspired a scorching shooting performance from the entire team as they defeated the Sixers—who were without Joel Embiid—by a score of 126–112.

It has happened before that a player faced Philadelphia and had a historically strong shooting night. When questioned about if the explosive shooting performances from LaVine and CJ McCollum, who made a career-high 11 three-pointers on 16 attempts in a victory over the Sixers last week, are a cause for concern, Rivers said that they are not. He cited the scoring explosion occurring throughout the league as one factor in his justification.

Right now, the entire league is having career nights. The Sixer’s head coach remarked that every night, someone has a career night. It’s startling to think that Zach LaVine won’t even lead the league in scoring tonight. When you consider it, that is a startling assertion.

Rivers argued that modern teams prefer to keep company with the hot guy and feed him. More than any other time in league history, they hold control in his hands. As a result, you must make an effort to take action. When we did, it backfired because everyone else began firing.

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In his most recent 40-point performance, LaVine made 11 of his 13 shots from beyond the arc, but the rest of the Bulls only succeeded in nine of their 21 efforts. Rivers praised them for their excellent shooting. The Sixers still allowed shooting explosions to occur due to poor defensive rotations and careless transition defence.

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De’Anthony Melton of the Sixers said, “I think our transition defence [needs] to get better, especially superstars getting easy shots.” They become comfortable with an unconstrained appearance, especially in the beginning.

Tyrese Maxey said that the erratic transition defence that LaVine employed to torch the Sixers was made possible by the offence’s missed jumpers. Despite an increase in scoring around the league, Philadelphia is aware that its defence needs to improve, especially if Embiid is out.

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