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 host Atlanta Hawks, 168-161, in four overtimes on Friday night.
It was the third-highest combined point total for two teams in N.B.A. history, trailing only a pair of three-overtime games. On Dec. 13, 1983, Detroit won at Denver, 186-184, and on March 6, 1982, San Antonio won at home against Milwaukee, 171-166.
Markkanen finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds. He snapped a 159-159 tie by making the three free throws after he was fouled by Alex Len.
Young, a 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, 8 rebounds and 0 turnovers.
Young and DeAndre Bembry had turnovers in the final 30 seconds of the third overtime, denying the Hawks an opportunity to snap a 155-155 tie.
Ryan Arcidiacono’s 3-pointer forced the third overtime.
LaVine’s 3-pointer gave Chicago a 139-138 lead with 1 minute 31 seconds remaining in the first overtime. After Young turned the ball over on an errant pass, Wayne Selden made one of two free throws to increase the lead to 2 points.
Young’s tiebreaking, step-back 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation forced the first overtime. His last-second layup tied it at 140-140 to force the second overtime.
Chicago led by 99-88 early in the fourth period before Atlanta rallied. Young’s steal and basket sparked a string of 11 straight points for a 121-116 lead.
FRYE TO RETIRE Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye said he planned to retire at the end of the season.
Frye, the eighth overall draft pick by the Knicks in 2005, made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “I’m gonna miss it but I’m super excited to see the other side of the fence!”
The 35-year-old Frye, who played on Cleveland’s championship team in 2016, is averaging 3.3 points and 9.5 minutes in 29 games in his second stint with the Cavaliers. He has a career average of 8.8 points.
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