Tar Heels in NBA: With 30 points, eight 3-pointers, White part of making NBA history

By R.L. Bynum

Chalk up the latest clash between Coby White and Zion Williamson to the point guard from Carolina and Goldsboro, who was part of making NBA history on Wednesday.

With a career-high eight 3-pointers, White outscored Williamson 30–29 as the Chicago Bulls rolled to a 129–116 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bulls teammate Zach LaVine, who scored 46, had nine 3-pointers, making White and LaVine the first teammates in NBA history to each make at least eight 3-pointers in a game.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? They never pulled that off.

“It’s good. It’s fun,” said White, who got his 30 points in only 34 minutes. “But, more importantly, we got a much-needed win tonight.”

White’s previous season-high was four 3-pointers, which he did six times. His previous career-high was seven 3-pointers, which he hit Nov. 12, 2019, against the New York Knicks and Feb. 22, 2020, against the Phoenix Suns.

White was 10 of 20 from the floor and 8 of 17 from 3-point range after going 14 of 39 from the floor and 6 of 19 from 3-point range in the previous two games.

“I’m very happy for Coby that he got back on track,” LaVine said. “He showed that confidence again.”

It was a good all-around game for White, who collected seven assists and only two turnovers. With a 22.7 game score, it was his second-best game of the season, behind only his 36-point, four-3-pointer, seven-assist game at Sacramento on Jan. 6 that produced a 31.3 game score.

The Bulls’ 25 3-pointers were a franchise-record, topping the 22 against the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 23, 2019.

For the second consecutive game, Justin Jackson’s Oklahoma City Thunder took the host Los Angeles Lakers into overtime and lost, this time by a 114–113 count. Jackson had nine points, four assists and one steal.

Cameron Johnson scored nine points in the Phoenix Suns’ 125–124 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

How Tar Heels did Wednesday, what’s ahead

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
No game
Season statistics
— 25 games, 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 37.4FG%, 32.4%3P, 83.6FT
Up next — Thursday at Golden State, 10 p.m.; Friday at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
No game
Season statistics — 24 games, 16.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.1FG%, 41.0%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Orlando, 10 p.m.; Sunday vs. Memphis, 9 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
No game
Season statistics
— 8 games, 4.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist, 50.0 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 3–5 FT
Up next —
Thursday at Portland, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Phoenix, 3 p.m., NBATV
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
21 games, 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 40.8FG%, 37.4%3P, 78.6FT%
Up next — Friday at Washington, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
119–112 loss vs. Los Angeles Clippers — Didn’t play
Season statistics — 19 games, 2.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 41.9FG%, 0–0 3FG, 87.5FT%
Up next — Friday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS; Sunday at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
No game
Season statistics —
17 games, 11.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 49.6FG%, 49.1 3P%, 75.0FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Indiana, 8 p.m.; Friday at Boston, 8 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
No game
Season statistics — 25 games, 8.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 38.8FG%, 36.2%3P 71.4FT%
Up next —
Thursday at Portland, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Phoenix, 3 p.m., NBATV
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
114–113 OT loss at Los Angeles Lakers —
27 minutes, 9 points, 4–9 FG, 1–5 3FG, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal, +2, 7.2 game score
Season statistics —
14 games, 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assist, 42.0FG%, 25.0%3P, 76.9FT%
Up next — Friday at Denver, 9 p.m.; Sunday vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
125–124 win vs. Milwaukee —
20 minutes, 9 points, 3–7 FG, 3–7 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +3, 6.9 game score
Season statistics —
24 games, 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43.6FG%, 36.6%3P, 88.5FT%
Up next — Saturday vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m., NBATV; Sunday vs. Orlando, 8 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
No game
Season statistics —
9 games, 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 51.7%FG, 58.3%3P, 88.9FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Philadelphia, 10 p.m., TNT; Friday vs. Cleveland, 10 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics — 7 games, 2 points, 1–6 FG, 0–5 3FG, 1 rebound
Up next — Friday at Washington, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
129–116 win vs. New Orleans — 34 minutes, 30 points, 10–20 FG, 8–17 3FG, 2–2 FT, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, -2, 22.7 game score
Season statistics —
24 games, 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 40.3FG%, 36.2%3P, 87.0 FT
Up next — Friday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 8 p.m.; Monday at Indiana, 7 p.m.

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