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Still in the hunt: Bulls hammer Hawks, earn date with Heat


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Still in the hunt: Bulls hammer Hawks, earn date with Heat

ON FIRE. Bulls guard Coby White gestures after making a three-point basket against the Hawks.

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Coby White erupts for a career-high 42 points as the Bulls oust the Hawks to stay alive in the knockout play-in contest

Coby White poured in 42 points – the most he has scored in an NBA game – and the Chicago Bulls remained in the hunt for a playoff spot with a solid 131-116 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, April 17 (Thursday, April 18, Manila time).

White made 15-of-21 field-goal attempts and also had 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the ninth-place Bulls, who will visit the Miami Heat on Friday, April 19, with the winner claiming the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The loss ended the season for the Hawks, who finished the regular season 10th in the East.

Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds and DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds. 

Ayo Dosunmu added 19 points for the Bulls, who shot 56.8% from the field, including 11-of-26 (42.3%) from three-point range.

Dejounte Murray had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for Atlanta, which lost its seventh straight game. Trae Young had 22 points and 10 assists, Clint Capela added 22 points and 17 rebounds and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 points for the Hawks.

Chicago shot 65.4% from the field in the third quarter while turning a six-point halftime lead into a 110-92 advantage.

Atlanta trailed 88-85 after Young drained a three-pointer with 5:15 left in the third. The Bulls then ripped off a 17-2 burst to open up a 105-87 lead.

A short time later, DeRozan hit a three-pointer to push the lead to 21. Garrison Mathews sank a trey with 3.1 seconds left to leave the Hawks down 18 entering the final quarter.

White made two treys in less than two minutes as Chicago’s lead grew to 124-102 with 4:57 remaining. The Bulls’ advantage topped out at 23 points.

The Hawks made 45.1% of their attempts and were 11-of-37 (29.7%) from behind the arc.

DeRozan had 11 points in the opening quarter as the Bulls took a 40-22 lead.

Atlanta rolled off the first 14 points of the second quarter to move within four. Chicago led 58-44 after DeRozan’s three-point play with 5:58 left in the half, but the Hawks recovered to trail by three in the last minute of the period.

Alex Caruso’s late 3-pointer accounted for a 73-67 halftime lead for the Bulls. DeRozan scored 18 points and White added 17 before the break. Murray had 23 first-half points for Atlanta. –

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