Well, that was something!
The Bulls and Hawks played a ridiculous game of back-and-forth basketball on Friday night in Atlanta, with the Bulls eventually prevailing 168-161 in four overtimes. No typos there, by the way.
Let's get right into the wild NBA and Bulls records that were broken in the victory.
1. 3rd highest scoring game in NBA history
Hope you didn't take the under. In the history of the NBA, only three other games have seen more points scored than tonight.
1. 1983: Detroit Pistons 186, Denver Nuggets 184 (370)
2. 1982: San Antonio Spurs 171, Milwaukee Bucks 166 (337)
3. 2019: Chicago Bulls 168, Atlanta Hawks 161 (329)
We saw a 49-point scorer in Trae Young, a 47-point scorer in Zach LaVine (both of those were career-highs) and both Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen were 30-point scorers. In all, there were a whopping 14 players in double-figures, 15 different players made a 3-pointer and incredibly Justin Anderson did not score in 5 minutes.
And despite both teams getting wildly tired down the stretch, both teams shot pretty well from the field. The Bulls finished with a .471/.438/.729 split, while the Hawks went for .500/.373/.680.
It was also only the third time in NBA history that both teams topped 160 points.
2. 15th four-overtime game in NBA history
Bulls fans are really getting spoiled with four-overtime games. Friday night marked just the 15th four-overtime game in NBA history, and yet the Bulls have played in three of them!
1. 2019: Chicago Bulls 168, Atlanta Hawks 161
2. 2015: Detroit Pistons 147, Chicago Bulls 144
3. 1984: Chicago Bulls 156, Portland Trail Blazers 155
Incredibly, the Hawks have now been involved of three of those as well, doing so in 2012 and 2017. So the Bulls and Hawks have been involved in the previous three quadruple-overtime games.
Maybe we'll see some more fireworks on Sunday afternoon when the teams play again.
3. Bulls record for most points in a single game
It's pretty ironic that the record for most points by a Bulls team in a single game will be held by a Jim Boylen group, but here we are. The 168 points obliterated the Bulls record for single-game points by 11 points. Here are the top 5.
1. 2019: 168 points (4 OT)
2. 1984: 156 points (4 OT)
3. 1979: 148 points (2 OT)
4. 1983: 147 points (2 OT)
5. 2015: 144 points (4 OT)
And the best part of that stat? The previous record holder, that 1984 Bulls team, went 0-for-0 from beyond the arc when they scored 156 points in a win over the Blazers. Oh, how the times have changed.
4. Bulls record for most 3-pointers in a single game
Of course this record was being toppled. The Bulls have opened up their offense in the last month so of course the 3-pointers were going to be flowing in a four-overtime game. The Bulls connected on 21 triples, shattering their previous record of 18 makes in a game.
1. March 1, 2019 vs. Atlanta: 21
2. Four times: 18
6. Five times: 17
11. Four times: 16
Here's how the 3-pointers broke down for the Bulls:
Otto Porter Jr: 7 of 13
Zach LaVine: 6 of 14
Lauri Markkanen: 3 of 6
Kris Dunn: 3 of 5
Ryan Arcidiacono: 2 of 3
Shaq Harrison (0-for-1), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (0-for-2) and Wayne Selden (0-for-4) failed to contribute to the cause but still have their names in the Bulls record book.
The 48 attempts from the Bulls were also a franchise record, toppling the previous mark of 41 attempts.
5. Third time the Bulls have had three 30-point scorers in a single game
This one is pretty impressive.
Zach LaVine had a career-best 47 points, while Lauri Markkanen added 31 and Otto Porter Jr. chipped in 30 points. And in the illustrious history of the Bulls, three 30-point scorers in the same game has happened just two other times.
The first came, unsurprisingly, in the last quadruple-overtime game the Bulls played in against the Pistons in 2015. Jimmy Butler (43), Derrick Rose (34) and Pau Gasol (30) all reached that mark in the 147-144 loss.
Before that it happened on December 17, 1996 against the Lakers, when Scottie Pippen (35), Toni Kukoc (31) and Michael Jordan (30) each reached that mark in an overtime win over the Lakers.
6. Amazingly, no one came close to breaking minutes records
Despite it being the 15th quadruple-overtime game in NBA history, Zach LaVine's 55 minutes and Otto Porter's and Lauri Markkanen's 53 minutes didn't come close to breaking a Bulls record. LaVine, however did enter the top-10.
1. Jimmy Butler, 2014: 60 minutes (3 OT)
2. Ron Mercer, 2001: 58 minutes (3 OT)
3. Dave Greenwood, 1984: 57 minutes (4 OT)
4. Jalen Rose, 2002: 56 minutes (2 OT)
4. Jimmy Butler. 2015: 56 minutes (4 OT)
4. Luol Deng, 2013: 56 minutes (3 OT)
4. Michael Jordan, 1992: 56 minutes (3 OT)
4. Norm Van Lier, 1974: 56 minutes (2 OT)
4. Zach LaVine, 2019: 56 minutes (4 OT)
For what it's worth, LaVine's 56 minutes are tied with Trae Young tonight for the most by any player this season and the most since Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway logged 60 and 58 minutes, respectively, for the Hawks in their four-overtime win over the New York Knicks in 2017.