Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy scored a game-high 35 points during Friday's 100-97 win over the Washington Wizards in Game 3 of the Bulls' ongoing first-round playoff series. Dunleavy was red hot from three-point range, hitting eight of his 10 shots from beyond the arc to set a record for the most threes ever hit by a Bull in playoff history, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Dunleavy also finished just one point shy of his career high of 36, a total he's accumulated on five different occasions. Each of those 36-point games came while he was playing for the Indiana Pacers during the 2007-08 season, which was easily his most productive year in the league from a statistical standpoint.
It was an impressive feat for Dunleavy, who has appeared in only 12 playoff games during his 12-year career. He signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Bulls last July after previously playing for the Golden State Warriors, Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks. His prior playoff appearances came in 2011 with the Pacers, when he averaged just 5.0 points over five games, and last season with the Bucks, when he averaged 12.3 points over four games.
Friday's outburst was also surprising given that Dunleavy had scored only 20 points in the first two games of the series combined. The Bulls lost both of those games at home, but with Dunleavy's hand now hot, it wouldn't be surprising if he continued to see increased playing time as the Bulls try to even the series at two games apiece Sunday in Washington, D.C.
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