Chicago rookie Coby White took over late as he drained seven fourth-quarter three-pointers to earn the Bulls a 120-102 home win over the New York Knicks.
White waited as his college coach Roy Williams walked up the court. Williams playfully bowed in front of his former guard and then gave him a hug before taking off.
It was White’s night, and a beaming Williams loved every moment.
White made a franchise-record seven three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls pulled away from the slumping New York Knicks for a 120-102 victory on Tuesday night.
“I had been shooting it bad, so it was good to see that first one fall,” White said. “Then I just got into a good rhythm.”
No kidding! White missed his first five shots from the field and began the final period with just four points. But the 19-year-old rookie put on a dazzling show down the stretch, delighting a United Center crowd that included Williams, White’s coach at the University of North Carolina.
White and Williams talked before the win. White had been struggling with his shot, and Williams told him to just be himself.
White salutes the crowd after draining a three-pointer against the Knicks
“Just told me if I be Coby, then everything will take care of itself,” White said.
Things worked out quite well for the Bulls.
White connected from deep on three straight Chicago possessions during a 24-2 run that made it 109-89 with 5:51 remaining. Backed by chants of “Co-by! Co-by!” he made one last triple to run the Bulls’ lead out to 120-100 before checking out with 1:31 to go.
“The kid is just a super talent,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “He has got incredible speed, so you have respect it. Once he gets it going, it’s hard to stop. He just broke the game open.”
White finished with 27 points. Zach LaVine had 25 for Chicago, and Wendell Carter Jr finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
New York lost for the sixth time in seven games. Marcus Morris scored 22 points for the Knicks, and rookie RJ Barrett finished with 21 points and nine assists.
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“This one was tough,” Barrett said. “When a guy hits seven threes in the fourth quarter, it’s kind of tough. But we played three great quarters of basketball and we’ve just got to finish it off in the fourth.”
Barrett played his college ball at Duke, where he faced White in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
“I’ve seen that before,” he said. “He’s gonna make shots, he makes tough shots. That’s the kind of player he is.”
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