UNC Basketball: Coby White scores 19 points in Bulls victory over Mavs

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 31: Coby White #0 of the Chicago Bulls in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 31, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Brooklyn Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls 133-118. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 31: Coby White #0 of the Chicago Bulls in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 31, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Brooklyn Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls 133-118. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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Former UNC basketball star Coby White scores 19 points en route to 109-107 Bulls victory over playoff-bound Mavericks

Coby White might just be the hottest rookie in the NBA right now not named Zion Williamson.

The former Tar Heel and current Chicago Bulls point guard has scored 142 points over his past five games, and led his team to two victories in the last four. He didn’t score more than 14 points in any of the eight games prior, each of which the Bulls lost by at least six points.

Apparently, something clicked in a February 22nd game against the Phoenix Suns, though. White notched a career-high of 33 points in that game, and he matched it the next night in a 126-117 victory over the Washington Wizards. He topped those performances two nights later against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he scored 35 points and hit six three-pointers. He scored 22 points, and hit four more three-pointers against the Knicks over the weekend.

On Monday night, White scored a team-high 19 points, and led Chicago to a 109-107 victory over a 37-win Dallas team that’s destined for an appearance in the 2020 playoffs. He hit 8-of-20 shots from the floor, and 3-of-9 from beyond the arc to go along with six rebounds and five assists. He logged 32 minutes off the bench on a night that superstar Zach Lavine wasn’t in the lineup.

White is averaging 20 points, four rebounds and four assists over the past month of the season. He’s shooting better than 40 percent from three-point range during that span, and 93.5 percent from the free throw line.

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