Tar Heels in NBA: White dishes out first NBA double-double with career-high 10 assists; Barnes hits 24 at Houston

By R.L. Bynum

With the help of Coby White’s first NBA double-double, the short-handed Chicago Bulls pulled off a 133–130 road win over the winless Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

Under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono and Chandler Hutchison all missed the game.

White did his part to make up for their absences with 14 points, a career-high 10 assists and six rebounds for the double-double. During White’s rookie season, his best assist game was nine in a Feb. 6 home loss to New Orleans.

With the Bulls clinging to a 1-point lead and 14.4 seconds left, Washington’s Bradley Beal couldn’t score on a drive from the right wing against White, who hustled from the left baseline to pressure the shot.

The performance comes at a good time.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that if Bulls management decided to flip the roster over the next year, White would be at the top of the list. According to the story, White’s issue has been knowing when to score and when to help his teammates get points. Coach Billy Donovan has mentioned that he “isn’t averse” to using Satoransky at point guard and moving White to shooting guard.

“I don’t feel like I’m in a fishbowl being evaluated; I’m just going out there to play,’’ White told the Sun-Times. “They believe in me, so that’s all I can ask for. I’m just going out there to play every night and trying my best to help my team win.’’

The Bulls (2–3) swept two games in Washington this week to sink the Wizards to 0–5.

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high and team-leading 24 points in the Sacramento Kings’ 122–119 loss at Houston. It was the most points for Barnes, who also had eight rebounds, since he scored 31 against Memphis on Feb. 20 and produced a season-high 21.2 game score.

It wasn’t a good night for the Orlando Magic, which got blown out 116–92 at home against the Philadelphia 76ers for its first loss of the season. But Cole Anthony took advantage of extra playing time. After getting no more than 19 minutes in Orlando’s first four games, Anthony played 30 minutes Thursday, producing a career-high 16 points and also pulling down seven rebounds.

For the Sixers, Danny Green scored three points in 18 minutes and Tony Bradley didn’t play.

In the Phoenix Suns’ 105–95 victory at Utah, Cameron Johnson scored 10 points and made all four of his field-goal attempts.

In the New York Knicks’ 100–83 road loss to Toronto, Reggie Bullock and former Duke star R.J. Barrett were part of dubious NBA history. Bullock missed all nine 3-point attempts and Barret missed all eight tries from 3-point range to become the first pair of teammates in NBA history to each go 0 for 8 or worse.

Bullock scored six points in 38 minutes for New York and Theo Pinson was scoreless in three minutes.

What’s going on with the Thunder and Justin Jackson? He’s only played in one of Oklahoma City’s four games and he started with George Hill battling neck spasms. Again, in Thursday’s 113–80 loss to New Orleans, he never got off the bench.

How Tar Heels did Thursday and when they play next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
116–92 loss vs. Philadelphia — 30 minutes, 16 points, 5–18 FG, 1–4 3FG, 5-5 FT, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, -4, 6.5 game score
Season statistics — 5 games, 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 33.3FG%, 23.1%3P, 15–15FT
Up next — Saturday vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.; Monday vs. Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
122–119 loss at Houston — 37 minutes, 24 points, 8–14 FG, 2–5 3FG, 6–6 FT, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, -3, 21.2 game score
Season statistics — 5 games, 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists 46.2FG%, 29.4%3P, 82.4FT%Up next — Saturday at Houston, 5 p.m., NBATV; Monday vs. Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
116–92 win at Orlando — Didn’t play
Season statistics — 1 game, 4.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 28.6 FG%, no 3-point or FT attemptsUp next — Saturday vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m. FSS; Monday vs Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
100–83 at Toronto (played in Tampa) — 38 minutes, 6 points, 3–15 FG, 0–9 3FG, 0–0 FT, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, -9, -1.0 game score
Season statistics — 5 games, 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 34.0FG%, 31.3%3P, 75.0FT%
Up next — Saturday at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Monday at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
No game
Season statistics — 3 games, 1.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist, 33.3FG%, no 3-point or FTattempts
Up next — Friday vs. Washington, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Denver, 7 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
No game
Season statistics — 20 minutes, 11 points, 4–10 FG, 2–7 3P%, 1–1 FT, 1 rebound, 1 turnover, -6
Up next — Friday vs. Boston, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs Boston, 3 p.m., NBATV
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers guard
116–92 win at Orlando — 18 minutes, 3 points, 1–4 FG, 1–4 3FG, 0–0 FT, 1 block, 1 turnover, +14, -0.9 game score
Season statistics — 5 games, 4.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 32.0FG%, 21.1%3P, 2–2 FTsUp next — Saturday vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m. FSS; Monday vs Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
113–80 loss vs. New Orleans — Didn’t play
Season statistics — 1 game, 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 50.0FG%, 0–3 3FG, 2–2 FT
Up next — Saturday at Orlando, 7 p.m.; Monday at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns forward
106–95 win at Utah — 18 minutes, 10 points, 4–4 FG, 2–2 3FG; 0–0 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block,1 turnover, +8, 10.5 game score
Season statistics — 5 games, 14.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 55.6FG%, 44.4%3P, 10–10 FT
Up next — Friday at Denver, 9 p.m.; Sunday vs. L.A. Clippers, 8 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
No game
Season statistics — Hasn’t played in Portland’s first four games
Up next —Friday at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., NBATV; Sunday at Golden State, 8:30 p.m., NBATV
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
100–83 at Toronto (played in Tampa) — 3 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 0–1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 rebound, +1, -0.4 game score
Season statistics — 4 games, 0 points, 0.3 of an assist, 0–3 FG, 0–1 3FG, 1 rebound
Up next — Saturday at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Monday at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
133–130 win at Washington — 40 minutes, 16 points, 5–15 FG, 3–9 3FG, 3–5 FT, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 turnovers, +14, 10.6 game score
Season statistics — 5 games, 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 35.7FG%, 37.8%3P, 84.6 FT
Up next — Friday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Dallas, 8 p.m.

What is a game score? Here is an exclamation.

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