Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock, Barnes each hit 21 in road losses; Johnson nets 12 in win

By R.L. Bynum

On a huge day for Carolina basketball with the hiring of Hubert Davis as head coach, two who played while Davis on the coaching staff had huge games.

Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes both scored 21 points, unfortunately for them in road losses as Bullock’s Knicks lost to Brooklyn 114–112 and Barnes’ Kings fell against Minnesota 116–106.

It was the first time Bullock has scored at least 20 points in consecutive games since scoring 21 on March 7, 2018, against Toronto and March 9, 2018, against Chicago for Detroit.

Bullock, who had 16 points at halftime, collected five 3-pointers, his sixth game this season with at least five. He has made 11 of his 19 3-point attempts in the last two games.

Barnes added 12 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season and fourth since mid-March. He also dished out four assists.

It was a tough loss for Sacramento against a struggling Timberwolves team.

“If we don’t come out with the sense of urgency then it doesn’t mean that much to us,” Barnes said.

Cameron Johnson had 12 points and three 3-pointers in Phoenix’s 133–130 win at Houston, the Suns’ sixth consecutive victory.

Johnson also had three 3-pointers Friday against Oklahoma City, marking the first time he’s had at least three in consecutive games since late December. Johnson scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time since late February.

The bad news for UNC alums came early Monday when the Oklahoma City Thunder waived Justin Jackson. More on that move in this story.

The Thunder got blown out for the third consecutive game in its first game after the move, falling at home to Detroit 132–108 after losing to Phoenix by 37 on Friday and to Portland by 48 on Saturday.

At +3, Tony Bradley was one of only three plus players for the Thunder as he collected nine points and nine assists in 22 minutes.

Wayne Ellington didn’t play for Detroit in what the team called a rest day.

The only Tar Heel to play Sunday was Danny Green, who scored six points in Philadelphia’s 116–100 home loss to Memphis.

Coby White missed Chicago’s game Sunday under COVID-19 protocols.

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

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
119–109 Sunday loss at Denver —
Missed 25th consecutive game with a right first 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. Washington, 7 p.m.; Friday vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
116–106 Monday loss at Minnesota —
Started; 37 minutes, 18 points, 9–14 FG, 0–3 FG, 3–4 FT, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, -3, 20.6 game score
Season statistics
— 48 games, 15.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 49.3FG%, 36.2%3P, 82.8FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Detroit, 10 p.m.; Saturday at Utah, 9 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
132–108 Monday loss vs. Detroit —
22 minutes, 9 points, 4–7 FG, 1–2 FT, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, +3, 9.1 game score
Season statistics
— 25 games, 6.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist, 67.0 FG%, 0–2 3FG, 72.7FT%
Up next —
Wednesday vs. Charlotte, 8 p.m., BSSE; Thursday at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
114–112 Monday loss at Brooklyn —
Started; 31 minutes, 21 points, 6–11 FG, 5–10 3FG, 4–4 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, +7, 16.4 game score
Season statistics — 44 games, 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 43.1FG%, 40.4%3P, 88.2FT%
Up next — Wednesday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.; Friday vs. Memphis, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
116–106 Monday win vs. Sacramento — Didn’t play for the 27th 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 at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Friday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
132–108 Monday win at Oklahoma City — Missed the game, team said, to give him rest.
Season statistics —
36 games, 10.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.8FG%, 42.4 3P%, 77.4FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Denver, 9 p.m.; Thursday at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
116–100 Sunday loss vs. Memphis —
Started; 23 minutes, 6 points, 2–7 FG, 2–6 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, -15, 5.3 game score
Season statistics — 50 games, 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 41.3FG%, 40.7%3P, 72.4FT%
Up next —
Tuesday at Boston, 7:30 p.m., TNT; Friday at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Monday win at Houston — 21 minutes, 12 points, 4–9 FG, 3–7 3FG, 1–1 FT, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, -4, 8.9 game score
Season statistics — 43 games, 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.1FG%, 38.1%3P, 87.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Utah, 10 p.m., ESPN; Thursday at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m., TNT
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
No game
Season statistics — 30 games, 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 46.5%FG, 38.7%3P, 86.1FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m.; Thursday at Utah, 10 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
114–112 Monday loss at Brooklyn —
Didn’t play
Season statistics — 14 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Wednesday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.; Friday vs. Memphis, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
115–107 Sunday win vs. Brooklyn — Missed game under COVID-19 protocols
Season statistics — 45 games, 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 40.8FG%, 34.71%3P, 89.5 FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Thursday at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

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