Lauri Markkanen scored three points Thursday, going 1 of 8 from the field, as the Chicago Bulls lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 116-115.
Markkanen pulled down eight rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -11 in his on the floor. Markkanen struggled from 3-point range, missing all five of his attempts.
Big men had won the competition each of the last two years, but Markkanen wasn't able to make it three straight after getting past Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid in the first two rounds.
Markkanen headed into the All-Star break averaging 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game, reaching 100 made three-pointers in his 41st game -- the fastest pace in NBA history to begin a career.
The rookie's efficient line was a microcosm of his impressive first-year campaign, one that's seen him average 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 30.3 minutes in 51 games.
Markkanen headed into the All-Star break with double-digit scoring efforts in 21 consecutive contests, and he's impressively been just as consistent on the boards.
With the recent move of Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans, the 20-year-old also has one less impediment to playing time, which should keep his fantasy value robust for the balance of the regular season.
After scoring 14 points against Toronto, Markkanen has now scored in double figures in 21 straight games.
Although he has only scored more than 20 points once in his last 12 games, the rookie forward has been a stable scoring option while averaging 15.2 points in his last five games.
Through 51 games, Markkanen is averaging 15.3 points as well as 7.3 rebounds.
The rookie has been a consistent force in a Chicago offense that has had many moving parts in its lineup this season.
Lauri Markkanen scored 14 points Wednesday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Chicago Bulls fell to the Toronto Raptors 122-98.