UNC Basketball: Coby White’s big game leads Bulls to victory

Former UNC basketball star’s terrific performance leads team to fourth victory in five games

Coby White notched his third double-double of the season, and led the Chicago Bulls to a 120-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. The second-year point guard out of North Carolina scored a game-high 24 points on a 10-for-16 shooting performance, including 4-for-7 from three-point range.

White tied his season-high in rebounds with 10, and dished out a pair of assists to no turnovers. It was White’s ninth double-digit scoring effort in the month of February, and his 22nd out of 29 games this season. The former Tar Heel now has nine 20-point performances to his name this season, though he’s done so just twice over his past dozen games.

White, who came into Monday night’s game averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game, is the Bulls’ third-leading scorer behind All-Star hopeful Zach LaVine and fourth-year power forward Lauri Markkanen. He leads the team in assists, and is second among qualified players with a 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. White is shooting the ball at a modest 40 percent this season, but nearly 36 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also connecting on 87 percent of his attempts at the foul line, and averaging just 2.3 turnovers per game, despite being the team’s primary ball-handler.

In light of their recent hot streak — one that’s seen them win six of their past nine games — White and the Bulls now sit at 14-16 on the season, and just 3.5 games out of first-place in the Central Division standings. They’ll be back out on the court on Wednesday night when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center.

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