CHICAGO – On Saturday, being at his best wasn’t enough to snap his team’s season-long losing streak. So Coby White decided to bring that kind of performance back for a second-straight evening.
Twenty-four hours later, it would prove to be just what the Bulls needed to finally get in the win column in the month of February.
Coby White just dropped 33 points, matching a career-high set…yesterday.
Here's all the different ways Coby got buckets tonight: pic.twitter.com/qJH2rhVeQq
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 24, 2020
Just as he did on Saturday in a loss to the Suns, White dropped a career-high 33 points, but this time he had enough support from those around him to make it a victorious effort. Two other teammates, Zach LaVine and Thaddeus Young, eclipsed the 20-point mark on the night, helping the Bulls to a 126-117 win over the Wizards Sunday evening at the United Center.
All of those efforts, led by White, snapped the Bulls season-long eight-game losing streak, giving the group their first win since their January 27th triumph over the Spurs.
As he was in his 33-point performance against the Suns, White was the star of the effort, though most of his damage came in a stellar first half. Coming off the bench at less than seven minutes into the game, White scored 16 points in the first quarter, with the last coming on a three-pointer that got a friendly bounce off the rim. He’d add ten more in the second quarter to bring his first half total to 26, including five three-pointers.
An additional seven points in the second half helped him become just the second rookie in Bulls’ history to score 30-points in back-to-back games, joining Micheal Jordan. Per Bulls media relations, White became just the third rookie since 1992 to have consecutive games of 33 or more points.
Yet he wasn’t the only player to make history on this night, as LaVine’s three-pointer early in the third quarter gave him 174 for the season, which sets a new franchise record for a single season. He’d hit six on the night and finish just below White’s point total at 32, while Thaddeus Young had a season-high 25 points during his 30 minutes on the floor.
For a weary team, the most important thing is all these efforts finally got the team a victory, one that’s been nearly a month in the waiting.