Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock’s clutch 3-pointer forces OT as surging Knicks win; Barnes scores 24; Anthony dishes out 9 assists

By R.L. Bynum

Reggie Bullock came through in the clutch for New York to help the Knicks win their sixth consecutive game.

Bullock sent the game into overtime on a 23-foot 3-pointer from the left corner with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, then made a 26-foot 3-pointer midway through overtime as New York earned 122–112 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

New York’s Derrick Rose drove the lane in that key play at the end of regulation, drawing the Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball to him and leaving Bullock open.

“I thought about shooting it at first, but I saw Reggie in the corner,” Rose said. “I delivered it on the spot and Reg is a great shooter.”

Bullock said that the attention Rose demands helps shooters on the team.

“We’ve just got to stay spacing,” Bullock said. “He’s always going to make the right read. He’s an aggressive scorer also, too, so you have to play him for the pass and the scoring ability that he has. So, he kicked it out, he trusted in me to be able to knock the shot down and that’s what I did.”

Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy wasn’t happy with Ball since New Orleans would have led by a point had he let Rose score the layup.

“We made two mistakes on the play,” Van Gundy said. “We screwed up the play. When we do that, we deserve to lose. I don’t care if you’re a senior in high school, you should execute what to do with 7.8 seconds left.”

Bullock scored 15 points and was 3 of 5 from 3-point range but fouled out for the first time in his NBA career a minute after his overtime 3-pointer.

The only time Bullock fouled out during his Carolina career was during a 93–87 home win Dec. 15, 2012, over East Carolina when he scored 14 points. ECU’s head coach in that game was current UNC assistant coach Jeff Lebo.

For the eighth consecutive game and the 18th time in the last 19 games, Theo Pinson didn’t play for the Knicks. But Bullock was on Twitter advocating for his fellow Tar Heel.

Cole Anthony tied his season high with nine assists and scored 16 points in Orlando’s 114–110 home loss Houston.

“We didn’t play hard enough, could’ve definitely given more,” said Anthony, who also had nine assists on Feb. 5 when he also scored 17 points in a 123–119 home win over Chicago.

Anthony’s best assist game last season for Carolina was eight Nov. 20, 2019, when he scored nine points in a 75–61 home win over Elon.

Anthony cut the Magic’s deficit to two points on a 27-foot 3-pointer with 28.2 seconds left and a driving layup with 7.8 seconds remaining but the Rockets put the game away with four free throws in the last 14.4 seconds.

Anthony, who also contributed four rebounds, a steal and two blocks, says he’s getting into a groove in his sixth game after after missing 25 games with a rib injury.

“I feel great. I’ve just got to keep getting better,” Anthony said. “For me, I thought I tasted success last game. I definitely still took some steps. Just gotta continue just to get better every single game and do what I can to help this team win.”

Harrison Barnes scored 24 points as Sacramento earned a surprise 121–107 victory at Dallas to end a nine-game losing streak. Barnes also had five 3-pointers and five rebounds in his best offensive games since scoring 26 points in an April 2 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Our biggest thing was about getting a win after losing nine straight games,” Barnes said. “Knowing the morale of our locker room, knowing that we feel like we’re better than the way we were playing.”

Tony Bradley had eight points and three rebounds in 20 minutes as Oklahoma City lost in Tampa, Fla., to Toronto 112–106 for its 10th consecutive victory. The Thunder is 1–12 since Bradley joined the team in a trade from Philadelphia.

Nassir Little had two points and six rebounds in 16 minutes of Portland’s 109–101 road loss to Charlotte.

In Saturday action, Coby White had eight points, nine assists and four turnovers in his second consecutive start, a 106–96 home win over Cleveland. White was 1 of 2 from the free-throw line, marking his first missed free-throw attempt since March 14.

Wayne Ellington had six points and four rebounds in Detroit’s 121–100 loss at Washington and Cameron Johnson had five points, three rebounds and two assists in Phoenix’s 111–85 home loss to San Antonio.

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

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
114–110 Sunday loss vs. Houston —
Started; 34 minutes, 16 points, 5–14 FG, 1–6 3FG, 5–5 FT, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers, -4, 12. 9 game score
Season statistics — 32 games, 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 38.4FG%, 30.3%3P, 84.9FT
Up next — Tuesday at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
121–107 Sunday win at Dallas —
Started; 36 minutes, 24 points, 9–14 FG, 5–8 3FG, 1–1 FT, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +18, 18.8 game score
Season statistics
— 54 games, 15.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 49.2FG%, 37.4%3P, 82.6FT%
Up next — Tuesday vs. Minnesota, 10 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Minnesota, 10 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
112–106 Sunday loss vs. Toronto in Tampa, Fla. —
20 minutes, 8 points, 2–3 FG, 4–4 FT, 3 rebounds, +15, 8.0 game score
Season statistics
— 32 games, 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist, 66.7 FG%, 0–2 3FG, 69.2FT%
Up next —
Monday at Washington, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
Sunday OT win vs. New Orleans — Started; 37 minutes, 15 points, 6–8 FG, 3–5 3FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, -3, 11.3 game score
Season statistics —
51 games, 10.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 43.4FG%, 40.1%3P, 88.9FT%
Up next — Tuesday vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m., BSSE; Wednesday vs. Atlanta 8 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
124–105 Sunday loss at Los Angeles Clippers 9 minutes, 1 point, 0–0 FG, 1–2 FT, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover, +13, 0.0 game score
Season statistics
— 22 games, 2.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 43.2FG%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Sacramento, 10 p.m.; Wednesday at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
121–100 Saturday loss at Washington — 17 minutes, 6 points, 2–4 FG, 2–4 3FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +3, 4.9 game score
Season statistics —
41 games, 9.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.7FG%, 42.4 3P%, 78.8FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Cleveland, 7 p.m.; Wednesday at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
No game
Season statistics — 55 games, 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 41.9FG%, 41.4%3P, 75.8FT%
Up next —
Monday vs. Golden State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN; Wednesday vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m., NBATV
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
111–85 Saturday loss
vs. San Antonio — 25 minutes, 5 points, 2–8 FG, 1–4 3FG, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, -24, 2.5 game score
Season statistics — 50 games, 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.2FG%, 38.4%3P, 87.2FT%
Up next — Monday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NBATV
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
109–101 Sunday loss at Charlotte —
16 minutes, 2 points, 1–3 FG, 0–1 3FG, 0–2 FT, 6 rebounds, -4, 1.7 game score
Season statistics — 37 games, 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 47.8%FG, 37.1%3P, 82.5FT%
Up next — Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m., TNT; Wednesday vs. Denver, 10 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
Sunday OT win vs. New Orleans —  Didn’t play for the eighth consecutive game
Season statistics —
14 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Tuesday vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m., BSSE; Wednesday vs. Atlanta 8 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
106–96 Saturday win vs. Cleveland — Started; 33 minutes, 8 points, 2–10 FG, 1–6 3FG, 3–4 FT, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, +8, 4.8 game score
Season statistics — 53 games, 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 40.8FG%, 34.0%3P, 90.7 FT%
Up next — Monday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

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