By Joseph Phillips
Sports Writer, The Chicago Crusader Newspaper
Thanks to a record setting seven three pointers in the fourth quarter by rookie sensation Coby White, the Chicago Bulls dominated the New York Knicks 120-102 on Tuesday night at the United Center.
White had 4 points going into the fourth quarter after being down 89-87 to the Knicks.
And then it happened.
“It was just a blessing,” said White after his record-breaking performance. “I give all glory to God for putting me in this position. I didn’t think I would keep hitting.”
His first three-pointer came with 11:04 remaining to play in the quarter giving the Bulls a 90-89 lead.
His second three-pointer came with 10:37 remaining in the quarter giving the Bulls a four point lead at 93-89.
His third three-pointer came on a catch and shoot play with 10:05 remaining to play. The shot was set up by an assist from his teammate Ryan Arcidiacono. Giving the Bulls a seven point lead at 96-89. The Bulls went on a 7-0 run at that point to open the quarter.
His fourth three-pointer came with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. Building the lead to 10 at 99-89.
With the Bulls leading 101-89, White would strike again on his fifth three-pointer of the night. Giving the Bulls a 15 point lead at 104-89 with 7:53 remaining.
White’s sixth three-pointer of the game came from the top of the key.
As his former college head coach Roy Williams looked on from the stands, along with the United Center crowd, who both gave White a standing ovation with 5:51 remaining in the quarter.
“Just talked to Coby about relaxing,” said Williams after White’s second standing ovation of the game. “It’s a long, long, season. He’s going to be a fantastic pro for a long time.”
And to close out the night (after dazzling the crowd with a one hand under scoop layup off the glass), White made history on his seventh and final three pointer of the night. Draining a step back three pointer over his former Duke and ACC conference rival RJ Barrett with 1:41 remaining to play. Bulls led 120-100.
After putting on a historic shooting performance, White left to a standing ovation of the UC crowd chanting: Coby! Coby! Coby!. Finishing with a career-high 27 points and seven three pointers on the night. White’s seven three pointers was a Chicago Bulls franchise record.
Final score: Bulls 120, Knicks 102.
Chicago Crusader Newspaper Player of The Game:
Coby White, Bulls, 27 points, seven 3-pointers, 7-11 from beyond the arc, in 27 minutes of play.
Joseph G. Phillips is a sports writer and radio DJ from the south side of Chicago. Phillips is a 15 year sports veteran with a background in sports reporting, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing and business administration. He has worked for media outlets such as WGN news, Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Defender, and the Hyde Park Herald. Phillips is currently the host of “The SC Media News and Sports Network Q and A Radio Show,” which airs every two Wednesday’s out of the month on WHPK 88.5 FM Radio Chicago.