UNC Basketball: Coby White scorches Pacers in home loss

Former UNC basketball star comes off Chicago bench to scorch Pacers from beyond the arc

Former University of North Carolina standout and current Chicago Bulls reserve point guard Coby White has had his fair share of ups and downs during his first NBA season. Friday night marked his best performance of the new year, coming off the Chicago bench to scorch the Indiana Pacers for 23 points in 29 minutes of game action.

White hit 8-of-17 shots from the floor, and 5-of-9 from three-point range, and he was a big reason that the Bulls stuck around as long as they did. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound White added five rebounds, an assist and a steal alongside Chicago’s Zach LaVine, who put together another tremendous performance — his 43 points and eight made three-pointers led the way for the Bulls — despite coming up short in the end.

For White, it was his third double-digit scoring performance in a row, and sixth in the last nine games. It was his 13th game of the season with at least three made three-pointers, and his fourth with five or more.

He struggled out of the gates in 2020, scoring just six points in back-to-back games against the Jazz and Celtics. Since then, though, he’s shooting better than 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Despite LaVine’s ridiculous play and White’s spark off the bench, the Bulls are winless during that span. They’ve lost six games in a row, and eight of their last 11. Aside from LaVine, the Bulls have struggled with consistency, White included. That’s common, though, for a team with as many young players as Chicago has on its roster.

White will look to stay hot when the Bulls take the court against the Detroit Pistons on January 11.

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