By R.L. Bynum

In a battle of Tar Heels heading into the NBA All-Star break, Wayne Ellington outscored Reggie Bullock 17–12 but Bullock’s New York Knicks won for the fourth time in five games, 114–104 over Ellington’s host Detroit Pistons.

Ellington made 5 of 8 attempts from 3-point range in the second half and had six 3-pointers for the game. Ellington is 16 of 31 from beyond the arc in the last three games.

It was only Bullock’s third double-figure scoring game in the last 12 after his season-high 21 points against Miami on Feb. 9.


Harrison Barnes collected 17 points, five rebounds and two assists in Sacramento’s 123–119 loss at Portland.

For the victorious Blazers, Nassir Little scored nine points in 18 minutes.

Barnes’ name is again coming up in trade rumors with the trade deadline set for March 25. One agent told fortyeightminutes.com that “there’s no way he’s there after the trade deadline.” The website reported a source saying that the Miami Heat has interest. For weeks, the Boston Celtics have been mentioned as a possible suitor.


In Oklahoma City’s 107–102 win at San Antonio, Justin Jackson had two points in 12 minutes.


Cameron Johnson, who had played in every previous Phoenix Suns game, missed the 120–90 home victory over Golden State because of health and safety protocols.

How Tar Heels did Thursday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
No game
Season statistics
— 25 games, 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 37.4FG%, 32.4%3P, 83.6FT
Up next — Thursday, March 11 at Miami, 8 p.m.; Friday, March 12 at San Antonio, 9 p.m.
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
123–119 loss at Portland —
38 minutes, 17 points, 7–14 FG, 0–1 3FG, 3–3 FT, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, -1, 12.9 game score
Season statistics
— 33 games, 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 49.2FG%, 39.2%3P, 82.6FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 vs. Houston, 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
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Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
No game
Season statistics
— 12 games, 3.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 56.4 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 3–5 FT
Up next —
Thursday, March 11 at Chicago, 8 p.m.; Friday, March 12 at Washington, 8 p.m.
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Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
114–104 win at Detroit —
Started; 33 minutes, 12 points, 4–13 FG, 2–9 3FG, 2–3 FG, 4 rebounds 2 assists, 1 steal, +17, 7.7 game score
Season statistics — 32 games, 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 40.6FG%, 37.2%3P, 83.3FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 at Oklahoma City, 2 p.m., NBATV
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Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
No game
Season statistics
— 19 games, 2.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 41.9FG%, 0–0 3FG, 87.5FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 at New Orleans, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 vs. Portland, 8 p.m.
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Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
114–104 loss at New York — Started; 17 points, 6–14 FG, 4–10 3FG, 1–1 FT, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, -8, 10.7 game score
Season statistics — 28 games, 10.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 45.4FG%, 43.3 3P%, 74.1FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 at Charlotte, 7 p.m., FSS; Saturday, March 13 at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., NBATV
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
No game
Season statistics —
36 games, 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 39.3FG%, 37.6%3P, 65.0FT%
Up next —
Thursday, March 11 at Chicago, 8 p.m.; Friday, March 12 at Washington, 8 p.m.
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Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
107–102 win at San Antonio —
12 minutes, 2 points, 1–4 FG, 0–3 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, -15, -1.1 game score
Season statistics —
25 games, 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 40.9FG%, 29.1%3P, 80.0FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 vs. Dallas, 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 11 vs. New York, 2 p.m., NBATV
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
120–90 win vs. Golden State —
Missed games because of health and safety protocols
Season statistics —
34 games, 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 43.7FG%, 37.8%3P, 86.5FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 at Portland, 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 vs. Indiana, 10 p.m.
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Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
123–119 win vs. Sacramento —
18 minutes, 9 points, 2–8 FG, 1–4 3FG, 4–4 FT, 3 rebounds, +/- of 0, 5.1 game score
Season statistics — 20 games, 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.4 of an assist, 47.1%FG, 45.9%3P, 88.0FT%
Up next — Thursday, March 11 vs. Phoenix, 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
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Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
114–104 win at Detroit —
Didn’t play
Season statistics —
11 games, 2 points, 1–7 FG, 0–6 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Up next — Thursday, March 11 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 13 at Oklahoma City, 2 p.m., NBATV
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
No game
Season statistics — 34 games, 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 42.0FG%, 35.4%3P, 89.6 FT
Up next — Thursday, March 11 vs. Philadelphia, 8 p.m.; Friday, March 12 vs. Miami, 9 p.m.

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