Tar Heels in NBA: Hot-shooting White stays on roll as starter with five 3-pointers for streaking Bulls

By R.L. Bynum

The Chicago Bulls have won four straight and Coby White is looking comfortable and playing with confidence as a starter.

White scored 24 points and five 3-pointers with five rebounds and six assists as he backed up the 40 points from DeMar DeRozan in Chicago’s 120–109 home win Monday over the San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls (37–21) are only a half-game back of the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat.

In previous games, White started out slowly and finished strong. Against San Antonio, he got a rhythm early, scoring Chicago’s first eight points. He made his first five 3-point attempts, scored 11 first-quarter points and had 16 points at halftime.

“The last couple of games I haven’t been [shooting well] at the beginning of the game,” White said. “I was just trying to make the right plays. And that’s what I did tonight. And it just so happened that the ball found me and my teammate found me and I was open. Nothing really changed for me.”

Starting for the third time in four games with Zach LaVine out (left knee injury), White played more than 34 minutes, was efficient and had a team-high +19.

White, who is 26 of 60 from the floor (43.3%) in the last four games and 15 of 22 from 3-point range (68.2%) in the last three games, said that nothing has really changed with his shot of late.

“Just shooting the ball with confidence,” White said. “I’m gonna miss shots; it’s part of the game. You just got to stay the course, stick to what I was doing. And that’s what I did. And then, I got back on track.”

It was White’s fourth game this season with at least six assists, his fifth game with at least five 3-pointers and his eighth game with at least five rebounds. A 21.4 game score was his second-best this season, topped only by the 23.6 in his 24-point game at Indiana on Dec. 31.

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Tony Bradley was scoreless with four rebounds and a block in four minutes for Chicago.

DeRozan’s streak of six consecutive games with at least 35 points is the third-longest in Bulls franchise history. Michael Jordan has the top two streaks, doing it in 10 consecutive games in the 1986–87 season and seven games in a row in the 1987–88 season. Jordan also had streaks of five consecutive games in the 1996–97 season and the 1986–87 season and has 23 of the top 25 streaks.


After scoring double-figure points in nine consecutive games, Harrison Barnes was held to six points in Sacramento’s 109–85 road loss to Brooklyn. Barnes was 3 of 9 from the floor and missed all three 3-point attempts with seven rebounds and two assists. It was only the fifth time this season that he didn’t attempt a free throw for the Kings (22–37).

After putting up a double-double in the previous game in 27 minutes, Day’Ron Sharpe only played 1:36 against the Kings, scoring two points, as the Nets (30–27) snapped an 11-game losing streak.


Cole Anthony had nine points, three rebounds and an assist in Orlando’s 121–111 road loss to the Denver Nuggets. It was the third consecutive loss for the Magic (13–46).


Reggie Bullock is doubtful for Dallas’ game Tuesday in Miami with a left hip contusion and Theo Pinson is out with a fracture to his right fifth finger.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
121–111 loss at Denver —
Started; 26 minutes, 9 points, 3–9 FG, 1–5 3FG, 2–2 FT, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, -5, 2.3 game score
Season statistics —
45 games, 17.6 points, 39.4 FG%, 33.6 3FG%, 85.2 FT%, 5.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Atlanta; 7 p.m. Friday Rising Stars game, TNT; Dunk Contest, the third of the events that start at 8 p.m. Saturday, TNT
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
109–85 loss at Brooklyn —
Started; 30 minutes, 6 points, 3–9 FG, 0–3 3FG, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, -20, 3.2 game score
Season statistics — 54 games, 17.0 points, 46.5 FG%, 40.6 3FG%, 82.7 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chicago; 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, vs. Denver
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
120–109 win vs. San Antonio —
4 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers, -9, -0.4 game score
Season statistics — 44 games, 3.1 points, 57.9 FG%, 66.7 FT%, 3.7 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Wednesday vs. Sacramento; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, vs. Atlanta
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Monday
Season statistics —
49 games, 8.2 points, 41.5 FG%, 36.3 3P%, 85.7 FT%, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next —
7:30 Tuesday at Miami; 8 p.m. Thursday at New Orleans
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
Off Monday
Season statistics — 19 games, 1.1 points, 64.3 FG%, 37.5 FT%, 2.3 rebounds, 0.3 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Tuesday at Atlanta; 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Detroit
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Monday
Season statistics — 34 games, 6.3 points, 39.9 FG%, 39.2 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Utah, ESPN; 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, vs. Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Monday
Season statistics — 38 games, 6.6 points, 40.7 FG%, 38.5 3FG%, 12–14 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next — 7:30 Tuesday vs. Boston, TNT; 8:30 Thursday at Milwaukee, TNT
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Monday
Season statistics —
53 games, 11.9 points, 46.1 FG%, 43.1 3FG%, 85.1 FT%, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers; 9 p.m. Wednesday vs. Houston
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder
Season statistics — 42 games, 9.8 points, 46.0 FG%, 33.1 3P%, 73.4 FT%, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
Off Monday
NBA season statistics —
16 games, 1.8 points, 28.1 FG%, 24.0 3FG, 44 FT, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
G League season statistics —
14 games, 15.7 points, 40.4 FG%, 38.6 3FG%, 84.8 FT%, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals
Up next — 7:30 Tuesday at Miami; 8 p.m. Thursday at New Orleans
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
109–85 win vs. Sacramento —
2 minutes, 2 points, 1–1 FG, +7, 1.7 game score
Season NBA statistics —
29 games, 6.3 points, 57.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 56.8% FT, 5.2 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Season G League statistics — 4 games, 18.0 points, 47.8 FG%, 33.33P%, 85.7 FT%, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 2.6 blocks
Up next — 7:30 Wednesday at New York, ESPN; 7:30 Thursday vs. Washington
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
120–109 win vs. San Antonio —
Started; 34 minutes, 24 points, 6–11 FG, 5–6 3FG, 7–8 FT, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover, +19, 21.4 game score
Season statistics — 38 games, 13.6 points, 44.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Wednesday vs. Sacramento; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, vs. Atlanta
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Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward
Off Monday
NBA season statistics —
7 games, 2.1 points, 33.3% FG, 33.3% 3FG, 1.0 rebounds, 0.3 of an assist
G League season statistics— 18 games, 23.3 points, 43.3% FG, 40.4% 3FG, 82.6 FT%, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Tuesday at Stockton Kings; 10 p.m. Thursday at Santa Cruz Warriors
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Photo via @chicagobulls

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