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Ayo Dosunmu breaks the Bulls rookie record on his way to career night

Chicago Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu on Monday registered a new career-high in points and set a franchise rookie record during a 111-110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dosunmu finished with 24 points, eight assists, five rebounds and one blocked shot in 35 minutes of work. He went 10-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-6 from…

Chicago Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu on Monday registered a new career-high in points and set a franchise rookie record during a 111-110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dosunmu finished with 24 points, eight assists, five rebounds and one blocked shot in 35 minutes of work. He went 10-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, as the Bulls narrowly avoided blowing a 28-point second-half lead.

The 38th pick knocked down his first nine shots of the game before finally missing a layup late in the third quarter. His nine consecutive makes to start the game broke the previous team record by a rookie of eight set by Orlando Woolridge during the 1981-82 season.

Dosunmu lost count of the number of consecutive makes he had.

I didn’t know who I was. Although I knew that I hadn’t missed a shot, I wasn’t sure what the percentage was. I was trying to keep my eyes on the ball and stay focused. I tried to be present in the moment. I felt like I was in the zone. I wanted to keep that feeling and not get defensive. Sometimes, I feel like if you get too excited about something, it can take you out of the zone. So I tried to keep my laser-focused.

Dosunmu’s performance on Sunday was a follow-up to his tough outing against the Orlando Magic. He had just seven points and five rebounds in 40 minutes as the Bulls lost by 19 points.

Bulls coach Billy Donovan believed that outing motivated him.

He takes pride in his work and is hardworking. I don’t think he was disappointed by the way he played at Orlando. He wanted to play better and he did. He responded in a very professional manner tonight. I am proud of the way that he played. He was both offensively and defensively strong tonight.

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