CHICAGO (AP) — Coby White is taking his game to new levels — and reaching some rarified Air.
White scored 33 points to join Michael Jordan as the only Bulls rookies with 30 or more in consecutive games, and Chicago overcame Bradley Beal’s career-high 53 to snap an eight-game losing streak with a 126-117 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Zach LaVine added 32 points and broke the franchise record for three-pointers in a season.
Chicago led by 25 early in the third quarter after scoring 15 straight, and hung on after the Wizards pulled within seven in the fourth.
White wasn’t picked for the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in Chicago. But now, his name is along-side Jordan’s.
“It means a lot,” he said. “He’s the GOAT (greatest of all time). I’ve really got an opportunity to get better, got to build from it.”
White matched the career high he set the previous night against Phoenix.
He became the NBA’s first rookie reserve with 30-plus points in consecutive games since the league began tracking starters in 1970-71, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also joined Allen Iverson and Trae Young as the only rookies since 1992 with 33 or more in consecutive games. White might not be coming off the bench much longer. Coach Jim Boylen will at least consider starting him.
“We got a second group that’s playing pretty good again,” Boylen said. “We’re also melding Coby into that first group at times in the game. So, coming off two 33-point games, I don’t know if it makes sense to do that. We’ll examine it. We’ll look at it.”
LaVine made six three-pointers to extend his career-high total to 177 and break Ben Gordon’s mark of 173 in 2008-09.