Point made? Bulls guard Coby White says so after his benching

According to White, he learned his lesson after coach Billy Donovan sat him, Patrick Williams and Wendell Carter Jr. to start the second half of Wednesday’s come-from-behind win. Time will tell.

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Bulls guard Coby White, right, shoots over Pistons guard Delon Wright during the second half Wednesday night.

Bulls guard Coby White, right, shoots over Pistons guard Delon Wright during the second half Wednesday night.

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For guard Coby White, it was “lesson learned,’’ time to move on.

We’ll see about that.

White found himself in an unusual spot at the United Center as the second half against the Pistons got underway Wednesday night: He was on the bench.

And White wasn’t alone. After a sleepy first half in which the Pistons were up by 25, rookie forward Patrick Williams and center Wendell Carter Jr. joined White.

“We couldn’t make a shot,’’ Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “And that happens, and I’ve said that before. But you’ve got to guard a little bit and have a little bit of resistance. And I thought that group [of veterans] closing out the second quarter did a nice job.

‘‘I’m not sure how many lessons were learned or not learned by that, but I was just like, ‘Listen, I’m going to put the guys out there that I really, really feel at this point are going to line up defensively and try to get after it as hard as we can.’ ”

Thad Young, Garrett Temple and even Zach LaVine went to work defensively in the third quarter, closing the deficit by holding Detroit to 12 points.

White took it all in and made a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to help secure the Bulls’ 105-102 victory. He even said all the right things afterward, evincing no hard feelings.

“I can’t speak for everyone else, but I needed to grow up a little bit, letting shots affect how I play,’’ White said. “I gotta compete on both ends of the court, so, yeah, it was a learning experience for me. Just a challenge, accept a challenge and continue to move on and do what I can to help my team win.

“Coach called out who was starting the second half [in the locker room], and life moved on. It wasn’t too much of a reaction from me. . . . He made an adjustment, and we won the game, so there’s really nothing else to [say] about it.’’

There will be if the problem persists, however.

The Bulls are in Philadelphia on Friday night, and depending on the injury situation with the 76ers’ backcourt, White could be matched up with Seth Curry or Matisse Thybulle.

Then the Kings come calling with a much more lethal backcourt. After that, it’s the Rockets and John Wall.

Donovan is establishing a culture, and White and the other young players need to be all in or realize they’re in the way.

Temple, one of the veterans who has become an instant leader for the young core, wasn’t concerned with how White and Williams would react. He has been trying to help Donovan establish that culture and likes how the young players have embraced criticism.

“The best thing to do as a player is outplay your contract,’’ Temple said. “I try to do that every season.

‘‘That’s part of the reason they brought me here: to be a leader and teach guys winning habits. Hopefully I’m able to do that and continue to do that.

‘‘We have a great group of guys here. It might be a pain in the [butt] if we have guys who don’t listen or are [jerks]. But we have none of that. I cherish it. I love it every day, to be able to talk to these guys, learn from them as well as teach them a few things.’’

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