By R.L. Bynum

Another solid game for Cole Anthony again wasn’t enough as his Orlando Magic lost for a third consecutive game.

Anthony scored 16 points with five rebounds and had six assists against only two turnovers in Orlando’s 115–102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. He has six assists in four of the last six games after reaching that total twice in the first 16 games. His 13.5 game score was his third-best this season.

“We were playing with pace. We were pushing the pace,” Anthony said of what the Magic was doing when the offense was productive. “Just moving the ball. Everything was fast. We really weren’t thinking, we were just playing basketball. I think that’s when we are at our best when we’re playing fast and smart.”

Wing Aaron Gordon is averaging more assists per game (4.2) than Anthony (3.7) but sprained an ankle Sunday. If Gordon misses much time, Anthony will become even more of a facilitator.

The Magic fell to 2–11 since Anthony took over as the team’s starting point guard after the season-ending injury to Markelle Fultz.

Tony Bradley got his first start of the season in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 119–110 road win over the Indiana Pacers. In 17 minutes, he collected two points, four rebounds and two assists. Danny Green had six points and five rebounds in 22 minutes for the Eastern Conference-leading Sixers.

Reggie Bullock was back in the New York Knicks lineup after missing three games with a sore neck. He scored eight points in 26 minutes of the Knicks’ 129–115 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Theo Pinson didn’t play for the sixth time in seven games. He has a two-way contract and could be about to join the Westchester Knicks in the G-League’s Lake Buena Vista, Fla., bubble. Westchester opens the season Feb. 10 against Fort Wayne.

Also on a G League roster is Kenny Williams, who is with the Austin Spurs. Last season, he averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 39 games for Austin, which opens the season Feb. 10 against the Memphis Hustle.

In the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 109–104 home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ed Davis started for the third consecutive games. He was scoreless with three steals and a season-high three blocks before fouling out with 4:11 left in the game. The three blocks were the most since he blocked three shots Feb. 6, 2019, for the Brooklyn Nets against Denver.

How Tar Heels did Sunday, what’s ahead

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
115–102 loss vs. Toronto in Tampa—
Started; 32 minutes, 16 points, 5–10 FG, 1–3 3FG, 5–6 FT, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, +6, 13.5 game score
Season statistics
— 21 games, 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 36.2FG%, 31.9%3P, 85.7FT
Up next — Tuesday vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.; Friday vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
No game
Season statistics — 19 games, 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 50.1FG%, 41.7%3P, 85.5FT%
Up next — Monday at New Orleans, 8 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Boston, 10 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
119–110 win at Indiana —
Started; 17 minutes, 2 points, 1–2 FG, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, -16, 2.8 game score
Season statistics
— 8 games, 4.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist, 50.0 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 3–5 FT
Up next —
Wednesday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS; Thursday vs. Portland, 8 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
129–115 loss vs. Los Angeles Clippers —
Started, 26 minutes, 8 points, 3–6 FG, 2–3 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, -7, 6.3 game score
Season statistics —
16 games, 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 39.1FG%, 36.1%3P, 70.0FT%
Up next — Monday at Chicago, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
109–104 win vs. Cleveland — Started; 23 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 blocks, +16
Season statistics — 16 games, 2.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 37.8G%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Monday at Cleveland, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
No game
Season statistics — 15 games, 12.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 51.6FG%, 50.5 3P%, 72.7FT%
Up next — Monday at Denver, 9 p.m.; Tuesday at Utah, 10 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
119–110 win at Indiana —
Started; 22 minutes, 6 points, 3–8 FG, 0–4 3FG, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, -6, 4.6 game score
Season statistics — 21 games, 8.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 38.2FG%, 36.2%3P 72.7FT%
Up next —
Wednesday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS; Thursday vs. Portland, 8 p.m.
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
No game
Season statistics —
8 games, 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 41.2FG%, 16.7%3P, 80.0FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
No game
Season statistics —
18 games, 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.2FG%, 36.8%3P, 85.0FT%
Up next — Monday at Dallas, 8:30 p.m., NBATV; Wednesday at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
No game
Season statistics —
8 games, 1.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1 assist, 36.4%FG, 2–5 3FG, 5–6 FT
Up next — Monday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; Tuesday at Washington, 8 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
129–115 loss vs. Los Angeles Clippers —
Didn’t play
Season statistics — 7 games, 2 points, 1–6 FG, 0–5 3FG, 1 rebound
Up next — Monday at Chicago, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
No game
Season statistics —
18 games, 15.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 40.7FG%, 36.5%3P, 86.0 FT
Up next — Monday vs. New York, 8 p.m.; Wednesday vs. New York, 8 p.m.

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