Bulls knock Hawks out of play-in, advance to face Heat

After Coby White scored a deep 3-pointer to give the Chicago Bulls a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, the sold-out United Center erupted in a raucous cheer.CO-BY! CO-BY! Co-BY!  

White led the Bulls to a 131-116 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament, scoring a career-high 42 points, the second-most by a player in a play-in game (Jason Tatum had 50 in 2021),   

and his first career 40-point game. The game will not be counted in White's lifetime regular-season or postseason stats, but he did not want to hear that.  

"It's on the stat sheet right here," White remarked with a smile, pointing to the paper in his hand at a postgame press conference.  

White's performance propelled the Bulls past the Hawks in Wednesday's elimination game, setting up a rematch with the Miami Heat on Friday night for the Eastern Conference playoffs' eighth spot and a first-round series against the Boston Celtics.   

Miami fell 105-104 to Philadelphia in the other play-in game on Wednesday.  

The Bulls can avenge their setback in the final 2023 play-in game, which was again held in Miami.  

With three minutes remaining, Chicago led by three points before the Heat went on a 15-1 run to seal the victory.  

Wednesday's triumph should serve as a warning that Real Madrid should never be underestimated or dismissed, especially against a squad as accomplished as Guardiola's City.  

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