Tar Heels in NBA: Bradley has career night in Sixers’ win on day teammate Green makes huge contribution; Little out again

By R.L. Bynum

It was a big day for two Tar Heels playing for the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers, who have won three consecutive games and nine of their last 10.

After Danny Green donated $1 million earlier on Tuesday to endow a men’s basketball scholarship at UNC, he made a solid contribution with 11 points and three 3-pointers as the Sixers won at Golden State 108–98.

But teammate Tony Bradley, starting for the sixth consecutive game with Joel Embiid out (bone bruise in left knee), had an even bigger game, outplaying Warriors rookie James Wiseman for the second double-double of the season and fourth of his career. Wiseman had 11 points and four rebounds.

“I just want to play every game, come up with some energy and effort. Just show a motor,” Bradley said.

Bradley didn’t miss a shot in putting up career-high totals of 18 points and eight field goals, many on dunks, and adding 11 rebounds. His previous career-high scoring total was 15 twice, the last time Aug. 7 for Utah against San Antonio. Bradley also had two steals and two blocks.

Bradley’s 21.7 game score was a career-high, topping the 19.3 in that Aug. 7 San Antonio game.

“We stay on him about falling in love with your role and being great at your role and doing it every night. And he’s doing that,” said Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers, suggesting Bradley isn’t trying to do too much while filling in for Embiid. “More importantly, just his work, man. I think he’s lost 20 pounds since the beginning of camp. He works after every practice after every game. I’m very happy for him. We forget how young he is too. I do at times, even.”  

At 23, he would be a rookie had he played four years at Carolina.

Since the 1983–84 season, according to stathead.com, Bradley is one of 10 players 23 years or younger to shoot 75% from the floor, average more than seven rebounds, one assist and one turnover or fewer in a six-game span. He’s the third such player to do it this season after Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart did it earlier this month and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac did it last month.

“He’s a guy who came into these minutes and is just doing a great job with them,” teammate Tobias Harris said. “He loves to play. He comes to play. He has great energy. He doesn’t really say too much, but he goes out there, plays his tail off and he just did so much dirty work for us today and defending really well. He just impacted the game on both sides. So, guys like that. It’s important.”

You can check out Green, Bradley and the Sixers on TNT in their road game against the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Reggie Bullock suffered a right ankle sprain in the third quarter but came back by the end of the period and finished with 10 points and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes of New York’s 131–113 home win over Washington. He added three assists, a steal and a block and has scored in double figures in five of the last six games.

Theo Pinson didn’t play in the game for New York, which became the first team this season to surpass its preseason projected over/under win total. That was set for 21.5 and Tuesday’s victory was the Knicks’ 22nd.

In his second game back after being out because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Cameron Johnson had eight points, two 3-pointers and three assists in Phoenix’s 110–101 win at Miami.

Unfortunately for Nassir Little, he was out under the league’s health and safety protocols for a second time this season and missed Portland’s 116–112 loss to Brooklyn. Little missed the Blazers’ first seven games of the season after a difficult experience with COVID-19.

In Monday games, Harrison Barnes was a point and two assists from a triple-double in Sacramento’s 119–105 win at Cleveland with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Justin Jackson’s point-per-minute production continued to be high in Oklahoma City’s 112–103 victory at Minnesota with nine points in 13 minutes. He also had four assists and a steal.

The stretch of bad games for Coby White continued in Chicago’s 120–95 home loss to Utah. In his sixth game since being taken out of the starting lineup, he had 10 points in 24 minutes on 4 of 12 shooting.

How Tar Heels did Monday & Tuesday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
110–99 Tuesday loss vs. Denver —
Missed 18th 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 — Wednesday vs. Phoenix, 8 p.m.; Friday vs. Portland, 8 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
119–105 Monday win at Cleveland —
Started; 42 minutes, 9 points, 4–10 FG, 1–5 3FG, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 turnovers, +19, 10.4 game score
Season statistics
— 40 games, 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 49.6FG%, 36.9%3P, 83.0FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Atlanta, 10 p.m.; Thursday vs. Golden State, 10 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Philadelphia Sixers center/forward
108–98 Tuesday win at Golden State —
Started; 33 minutes, 18 points, 8–8 FG, 2–2 FG, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, +15, 21.7 game score
Season statistics
— 20 games, 5.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist, 68.0 FG%, 0–0 3FG, 63.66FT%
Up next —
Thursday at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m., NBATV
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
131–113 Tuesday win vs. Washington —
31 minutes, 10 points, 3–7 FG, 3–7 3FG, 1–1 FG, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, +17, 10.3 game score
Season statistics — 39 games, 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 41.7FG%, 39.3%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
112–103 Monday loss vs. Oklahoma City — Didn’t play for the 18th consecutive game
Season statistics
— 19 games, 2.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 41.9FG%, 0–0 3FG, 87.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Dallas, 8 p.m.; Friday vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
No game
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
108–98 Tuesday win at Golden State —
33 minutes, 11 points, 4–9 FG, 3–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, +25, 7.2 game score
Season statistics —
44 games, 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 40.3FG%, 39.0%3P, 65.0FT%
Up next —
Thursday at Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m., NBATV
Justin Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward
112–103 Monday win at Minnesota —
13 minutes, 9 points, 2–5 FG, 1–3 3FG, 4–4 FT, 4 assists, 1 steal, +11, 10.1 game score
Season statistics — 30 games, 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 41.8FG%, 30.5%3P, 84.8FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Memphis, 8 p.m.; Saturday vs. Boston, 9 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
110–101 Tuesday win at Miami —
19 minutes, 8 points, 3–6 FG, 2–5 3FG, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, -4, 8.3 game score
Season statistics —
36 games, 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.3FG%, 38.5%3P, 86.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Orlando, 8 p.m.; Friday vs. Toronto in Tampa, Fla., 7:30 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
116–112 Tuesday loss vs. Brooklyn —
Missed game because of health and safety protocols
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 — Thursday at Miami, 7:30 p.m., TNT; Friday at Orlando, 8 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
131–113 Tuesday win vs. Washington —
 Didn’t play for the fifth consecutive game
Season statistics —
12 games, 2 points, 1–8 FG, 0–7 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Thursday vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
120–95 Monday loss vs. Utah — 24 minutes, 10 points, 4–12 FG, 2–5 3FG, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 turnovers, -23, 2.2 game score
Season statistics —
42 games, 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 41.1FG%, 35.3%3P, 89.2 FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Cleveland, 8 p.m.; Saturday at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

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