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Coby White erupts with 42 points as Chicago shoots down Atlanta, 131-116 

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EXPLOSIVE NIGHT. Coby White pours in 42 points to lead the Chicago Bulls’ 131-116 rousing win against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night (Thursday, April 18, Philippine time). CHICAGO BULLS PHOTO

Coby White electrified the Chicago crowd with a career-high 42-point performance, propelling the Bulls to a decisive 131-116 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night (Thursday, April 18, Philippine time).

White’s offensive explosion was a sight to behold, as he showcased his full repertoire of skills with dazzling crossovers, explosive drives to the rim, and sharp shooting from beyond the arc. The United Center echoed with chants of his name as he carried the Bulls to a crucial win in the play-in tournament.

Coby White reflected on his exceptional performance, describing it as a memorable moment. He expressed gratitude toward the fans, noting the electric atmosphere that resembled a playoff game, with the arena buzzing throughout the night.

The 22-year-old guard’s breakout performance came at a critical juncture for the Bulls, who now advance to face the Miami Heat on Friday for a chance at securing the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and setting up a first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics.

Joining White in the scoring barrage was Nikola Vucevic, who contributed 24 points and 12 rebounds, providing a strong inside presence for Chicago. DeMar DeRozan added 22 points and dished out nine assists, orchestrating the Bulls’ offense with precision.

Despite Atlanta’s efforts, led by Dejounte Murray’s 30-point outing, the Hawks fell short once again after losing their final six regular-season games. Trae Young, returning from injury, and Clint Capela each contributed 22 points, but the Bulls’ offensive firepower proved too much to handle.

Chicago seized control of the game with a commanding performance, shooting an impressive 56.8% from the field as a team. The Bulls set the tone early, closing the first quarter with a 16-2 run to establish a commanding 40-22 lead.

While the Hawks mounted several comeback attempts, including a 14-0 run in the second quarter, the Bulls responded emphatically to maintain their advantage. White’s stellar play continued throughout the game, epitomizing his growth and impact in his third NBA season.

The victory was not without concern, as Alex Caruso exited the game in the third quarter due to a left ankle injury. His availability for the upcoming matchup against Miami remains uncertain, adding a layer of uncertainty for the Bulls.

Looking ahead, Chicago faces a pivotal showdown against the Heat, with both teams having split their regular-season series. The Bulls are poised to build on the momentum behind Coby White’s breakout performance, aiming to secure a spot in the playoffs and continue their postseason journey.

As the Bulls prepare for their next challenge, the stage is set for a thrilling matchup against Miami, with postseason aspirations hanging in the balance for both teams. 

The stakes are high, and Chicago’s resounding victory against Atlanta has injected new energy and optimism into the team and its passionate fan base.

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