It was the former Arizona Wildcat’s first time scoring 30 points or more in an NBA game.
Markkanen is best-known for his lethal jump shot that few big men have, and it showed Friday as he went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, and he was a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
The Bulls dominated for most of the game, keeping a double digit lead for the majority of the contest. This was mostly thanks to Markkanen, who led all scorers and added seven rebounds to his performance.
Markkanen is having a stellar rookie season, averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his young NBA career.
Those numbers aren’t far off from his lone season in Tucson when he averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
The Bulls had a rough start to the 2017-18 campaign, but have won 10 of their last 12 games to improve to 13-22.
Markkanen has started in all 32 games he’s played in.