Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington’s 3-point barrage continues in win; Barnes hits 21 in victory; Green has 14 in 76ers win over Lakers

By R.L. Bynum

Wayne Ellington crazy streak of 3-point efficiency just keeps gaining momentum, with his sweet jumper that Carolina fans remember propelling the Detroit Pistons to their second consecutive victory.

In a 122–107 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ellington made four 3-pointers and collected 17 points and two steals. After Ellington had three double-digit scoring efforts in Detroit’s first 12 games, he’s done in all six games since then.

Ellington has made at least three 3-pointers in a career-high seven consecutive games and has at least four in six consecutive games. His teammate Jerami Grant extended his streak of at least two 3-pointers to 17 games, which broke the record Jerry Stackhouse set in the 2001–02 season.

Ellington’s 3-point streak

Jan. 16at Miami3 of 560%
Jan. 18at Miami7 of 1164%
Jan. 20at Atlanta4 of 944%
Fridayvs. Houston6 of 1060%
Saturdayvs. Philadelphia4 of 667%
Mondayvs. Philadelphia6 of 967%
Wednesdayat Cleveland4 for 850%
7-game total34 of 5859%

Harrison Barnes won a battle of starting Tar Heels against Cole Anthony, but one was much more well-rested than the other. Because of postponements, that was the Sacramento Kings’ first game since Friday while the Orlando Magic also played Friday but had two games in between.

Barnes scored 21 points with three 3-pointers and four assists to lead his Kings to a 121–107 road win. It was Barnes’ second consecutive 21-point game after putting up that number Friday against the New York Knicks.

Anthony had seven points but had his third game with more assists than turnovers in the last four outings with six assists and two turnovers. Anthony, who never had more than one block in any college or NBA game before Wednesday, had two blocks in the game. He had six blocks in 22 games for UNC and six blocks in his previous 18 NBA games.

Danny Green’s four 3-pointers and 14 points helped the Philadelphia 76ers pull out a 107–106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the Lakers’ first road loss of the season. Tony Bradley didn’t get into the game.

Justin Jackson’s Oklahoma City Thunder beat Cameron Johnson’s Phoenix Suns 102–97 in Phoenix. Jackson was scoreless in seven minutes and Johnson had eight points in 32 minutes.

Ed Davis was scoreless in nine minutes of his Minnesota Timberwolves’ 123–111 road loss to the Golden State Warriors.

In the only Tuesday game involving UNC alums, the Utah Jazz won 108–94 at home against the New York Knicks. Reggie Bullock missed the game because of a neck strain. Theo Pinson hit his only shot for two points in a minute of playing time.

How Tar Heels did Tuesday & Wednesday, what’s ahead

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
121–107 Wednesday loss vs. Sacramento —
Started; 30 minutes, 7 points, 2–9 FG, 1–2 3FG, 2–2 FG, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, -3, 4.8 game score
Season statistics — 19 games, 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 36.3FG%, 34.4%3P, 85.6FT
Up next — Friday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Toronto in Tampa, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
121–107 Wednesday win at Orlando —
Started; 38 minutes, 21 points, 8–11 FG, 3–6 3FG, 2–2 FT, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, +14, 19.4 game score
Season statistics — 17 games, 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 49.1FG%, 30.0%3P, 84.2FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Toronto in Tampa, Fla., 7:30 p.m.; Friday vs. Toronto in Tampa, 7:30
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
107–106 Wednesday win vs. Los Angeles Lakers —
Didn’t play
Season statistics
— 6 games, 5.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 53.3 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 3–5 FT
Up next —
Friday at Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Sunday at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
108–94 Tuesday loss at Utah
— Missed game with a neck strain
Season statistics —
15 games, 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 38.5FG%, 34.8%3P, 70.0FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 1 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
123–111 Wednesday loss at Golden State — 9 minutes, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +6, -0.2 game score
Season statistics — 14 games, 2.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 40.6G%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Philadelphia, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Cleveland, 8 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
122–107 Wednesday win at Cleveland — Started, 33 minutes, 17 points, 6–11 FG, 4–8 3FG, 1–1 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 turnover, -1, 13.6 game score
Season statistics — 13 games, 12.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 53.7FG%, 51.8 3P%, 72.7FTG%
Up next — Thursday vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m.; Saturday at Golden State, 10 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
106–107 Wednesday win vs. Los Angeles Lakers —
36 minutes, 14 points, 5–11 FG, 4–9 3FG, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, +8, 13.6 game score
Season statistics — 19 games, 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 38.0FG%, 37.1%3P 72.7FT%
Up next —
Friday at Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Sunday at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
102–97 Wednesday win at Phoenix —
7 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 0–1 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, +3, 0.2 game score
Season statistics —
7 games, 5.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 42.9FG%, 17.6%3P, 80.0FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; Monday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.,
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
102–97 Wednesday loss vs. Oklahoma City —
Started; 32 minutes, 8 points, 3–8 FG, 2–3 3FG, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, -1, 6.1 game score
Season statistics —
16 games, 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 44.4FG%, 36.2%3P, 82.4FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Golden State, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Dallas, 9 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
No game
Season statistics — 6 games, 1.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1 assist, 30.0%FG, 1–4 3FG, 3–4 FT
Up next — Thursday at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
108–94 Tuesday loss at Utah —
1 minute, 2 points, 1–1 FG, 1.7 game score
Season statistics — 7 games, 2 points, 1–6 FG, 0–5 3FG, 1 rebound
Up next — Friday vs. Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 1 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
Wednesday game at Memphis postponed
Season statistics —
17 games, 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 40.0FG%, 35.8%3P, 84.2 FT
Up next — Saturday vs. Portland, 8 p.m.; Monday vs. New York, 8 p.m.

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