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Thibodeau impressed by both long-range shooters

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Tom Thibodeau coached both Steve Novak and Kyle Korver and said he isn't sure who the better three-point shooter is.

"That's a great question," the Bulls coach said. "That would be a great shootout. They are both knockdown guys. Leave them open and they'll make you pay."

Novak ranks second in the league in three-point field goal percentage at .482, which is higher than his field goal percentage (.477). Korver is 18th from behind the arc at .419.

Korver made his second straight start against the Knicks on Monday night at the United Center while replacing the injured Luol Deng. Korver scored a season-high 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including 6 of 11 from beyond the three-point line, in Saturday night's win over the visiting Jazz.

Thibodeau coached Novak when he was an assistant with the Rockets.

"He's got one skill as great as anyone in the league," Thibodeau said of Novak. "He can shoot. Leave him open and he'll hurt you. He's a great kid, hard worker, good team guy. I'm happy for him."

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