Tar Heels in NBA: Green stellar on defense, hits big shots in Sixers OT win; Jackson scores 15; Johnson has two 3s in return

By R.L. Bynum

It was a crazy night at Madison Square Garden with a pair of Tar Heels each hitting big shots Sunday night in a game with wild momentum shifts.

After playing a terrific defensive game but not scoring for the first three quarters, Danny Green made three huge shots and finished with 11 points as Philadelphia pulled out a 101–100 overtime road win over New York in a game with 11 lead changes for the Sixers’ 15th consecutive victory over the Knicks.

“Danny saved the game for us,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “He was the only one, in my opinion, that kept his composure. The game should have never gone in overtime, let me just put it that way. You could feel our energy, it wasn’t a good energy. Guys were down, they were mad, they thought they had blown the game.”

Green made a running 13-foot jumper with 19.1 seconds left in regulation and 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the first two minutes of overtime.

“It helps having that experience, obviously,” Green said. “I wouldn’t say I was the only person who held my composure. We had a couple of guys. But I think we could sense the hostility. Obviously, it was an intense game. But some of the guys made some plays that they didn’t like, things didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, and we pretty much did everything possible to give them the game, and guys are not in a good place. I just tried to encourage them.”

But Reggie Bullock, who had six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a season-high 47 minutes, sank a 3-pointer as the shot clock expires with 1:10 left in regulation to give the Knicks a 100–96 lead.

A 3-pointer and two free throws from Tobias Harris after that gave the Sixers the victory, though.

“Those two 3s that he did make — even before regulation the go-ahead basket that he made that time too — was big,” Harris said of Green. “His leadership and what he brings to the table all the time, he was able to get good looks. Danny is a really good player, solid player for us every single night, and tonight you just see that. You see that composure and that leadership. There’s a reason why he has three rings.”

Green’s defense was top-notch with a career-high-tying five steals and three blocks. It was the fifth five-steal game of his career and second of the season after swiping five on Feb. 21 against Toronto. It was Green’s third three-block game of the season after doing that Jan. 16 at Memphis and Feb. 27 vs. Cleveland.

Green, who put up a 14.1 game score, scored in double figures and got a double-figure game score for a third consecutive game for only the second time this season, also doing it in early January. Green made 3 of 5 3-point attempts and is 18 of 39 in the last five games.

With Joel Embiid still out with a bone bruise in his left knee, Tony Bradley started for the fifth consecutive game for the 76ers, going scoreless with six rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. He played just over five minutes in the third quarter and was on the bench for the entire fourth quarter and overtime.

Theo Pinson didn’t play for the Knicks.

Justin Jackson made the most of his playing time Sunday, scoring 15 points in 13 minutes during Oklahoma City’s 114–112 victory at Houston to hand the Rockets their 20th consecutive defeat. His 11.7 game score was his third-best this season.

Jackson netted nine of those points in the second quarter to score in double figures for the third time in four games. His two 3-pointers on three attempts marked his second game with multiple 3-pointers in his last 12 games.

Cameron Johnson played in Phoenix’s 111–94 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers, his first action since March 2 after missing six games under the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Less than a minute after entering the game with 4:04 left in the first quarter, he made his first shot, a 23-foot 3-pointer. He finished with eight points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes.

In Portland’s 132–92 home loss to Dallas, Nassir Little contributed 14 points, 2 3-pointers and two rebounds in 21 minutes for a 9.4 game score. That was his best game score since getting 15.1 on Feb. 22 at Phoenix.

Coby White, in his fifth game since being taken out of the starting lineup, scored seven points in a season-low 16 minutes and 54 seconds of Chicago’s 100–86 home win over Detroit. During his rookie season, White only got less playing time in two games.

White was 2 of 7 shooting with four assists, two steals and two turnovers. White sat out the entire third quarter and, with Chicago leading by 10 entering the fourth quarter, played nearly 10 minutes in the final period.

Wayne Ellington missed his fourth consecutive Pistons game with an adductor injury.

How Tar Heels did Sunday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
112–96 loss at Boston —
Missed 17th consecutive game with a right rib non-displaced fracture
Season statistics — 25 games, 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 37.4FG%, 32.4%3P, 83.6FT
Up next — Tuesday vs. Denver, 7 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
No game
Season statistics
— 39 games, 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 49.8FG%, 37.4%3P, 83.0FT%
Up next —Monday at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Atlanta, 10 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
101–100 overtime win at New York —
Started; 19 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 0–2 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, +1, 0.7 game score
Season statistics
— 19 games, 4.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist, 64.2 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 55.6FG%
Up next —
Tuesday at Golden State, 10 p.m., TNT; Thursday at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m., TNT
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
101–100 overtime loss vs. Philadelphia —
47 minutes, 6 points, 2–4 FG, 2–3 3FG, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, +1, 5.4 game score
Season statistics — 38 games, 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 41.7FG%, 39.3%3P, 85.2FT%
Up next — Tuesday vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
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 — Monday vs. Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Dallas, 8 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
100–86 loss vs. Chicago — Missed fourth consecutive game with an adductor injury
Season statistics —
30 games, 10.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.6FG%, 42.2 3P%, 74.1FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Friday vs. Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
101–100 overtime win at New York —
33 minutes, 11 points, 4–8 FG, 3–5 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers, -2, 14.1 game score
Season statistics —
43 games, 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 40.2FG%, 39.0%3P, 65.0FT%
Up next —
Tuesday at Golden State, 10 p.m., TNT; Thursday at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m., TNT
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
114–112 win at Houston —
13 minutes, 15 points, 5–6 FG, 2–3 3FG, 3–3 FG, 1 assist, 1 turnover, -2, 11.7 game score
Season statistics — 29 games, 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 41.8FG%, 30.4%3P, 82.8FT%
Up next — Monday at Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Memphis, 8 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
111–94 win vs. Los Angeles Lakers —
16 minutes, 8 points, 3–4 FG, 2–2 3FG, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, -6, 7.3 game score
Season statistics —
35 games, 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 44.1FG%, 38.5%3P, 86.5FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Miami, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at Orlando, 8 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
132–92 loss vs. Dallas —
21 minutes, 14 points, 4–9 FG, 2–5 3FG, 4–5 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, -15, 9.4 game score
Season statistics — 27 games, 5.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.4 of an assist, 46.5%FG, 38.9%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Tuesday vs. Brooklyn 10 p.m.; Thursday at Miami, 7:30 p.m., TNT
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
101–100 overtime loss vs. Philadelphia —
Didn’t play for the fourth consecutive game
Season statistics —
12 games, 2 points, 1–8 FG, 0–7 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Tuesday vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
100–86 win at Detroit — 17 minutes, 7 points, 2–7 FG, 1–2 3FG, 2–2 FT, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, -1, 4.2 game score
Season statistics —
41 games, 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 41.2FG%, 35.2%3P, 89.2 FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Utah, 9 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Cleveland, 8 p.m.

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