By R.L. Bynum

On a busy Wednesday for Tar Heels that included Justin Jackson finding a new NBA home, six scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes’ 22 points in Sacramento’s 128–125 home victory over Minnesota.

Jackson signed a two-way contract with Milwaukee and could make his Bucks debut Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT against Danny Green and the Philadelphia 76ers.

It was one the best all-around games of the season for Barnes with four 3-pointers, six rebounds and seven assists, his sixth game this season with at least seven assists.

One of those assists led to Buddy Hield’s huge 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds left after Barnes drew a double-team.


Reggie Bullock and New York just keep rolling as he scored 18 points in the Knicks’ eighth consecutive victory, a 137–127 home win over the Atlanta Hawks.

In 40 minutes, Bullock collected six 3-pointers, three rebounds, four assists and a steal. That was his fourth game with at least six 3-pointers this season, with his best coming in a seven 3-pointer night against Miami on Feb. 7.

Bullock’s 3-pointer with 3:16 left in overtime shoved New York’s lead to eight points and Atlanta never came closer than five after that.


Two of those double-figure scoring efforts came in the same game as Cameron Johnson scored 15 points in Phoenix’s 116–113 win at Philadelphia, which got 18 points from Green.

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Johnson, who played 30 minutes and started the second half, had three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists. He wore a plastic mask after suffering a nasal fracture last weekend. His 12.3 game score was his best since putting up a 13.1 on April 7 against Utah.


The other two Tar Heels scoring in double figures did so in losses: Coby White had 14 points in Chicago’s 121–105 loss at Cleveland and Wayne Ellington scored 11 points in Detroit’s 127–117 loss at Dallas.

White continued his stretch of efficient games as he had six assists and only one turnover. In the past four games, all as a starter, he’s combined for 29 assists and seven turnovers, with only one turnover in three of those games.


Tony Bradley collected eight points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes as Oklahoma City lost 122–116 at Indiana for the Thunder’s 12th consecutive defeat.


Nassir Little went scoreless with three rebounds in 13 minutes of Portland’s 106–105 home loss to Denver.

How Tar Heels did Wednesday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
No game
Season statistics — 33 games, 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 38.4FG%, 29.6%3P, 84.6FT
Up next — Thursday vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs. Indiana,  8 p.m.
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
128–125 win vs. Minnesota —
38 minutes, 22 points, 7–14 FG, 4–9 3FG, 4–6 FT, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 turnovers, +5, 16.9 game score
Season statistics
— 56 games, 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.4FG%, 37.9%3P, 82.7FT%
Up next — Sunday at Golden State, 10 p.m., NBATV; Monday vs. Dallas, 10 p.m., NBATV
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Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
122–116 loss at Indiana —
15 minutes, 8 points, 4–8 FG, 8 rebounds, -12, 8.0 game score
Season statistics
— 34 games, 7.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist, 66.5 FG%, 0–2 3FG, 70.7FT%
Up next —
Friday vs. Washington, 8 p.m.; Monday at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
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Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
137–127 OT win vs. Atlanta —
40 minutes, 18 points, 6–11 FG, 6–11 3FG, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +3, 15.6 game score
Season statistics —
53 games, 10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43.6FG%, 40.6%3P, 89.2FT%
Up next — Saturday vs. Toronto, 1 p.m., ESPN; Monday vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
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Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
128–125 loss at Sacramento — Didn’t play
Season statistics
— 22 games, 2.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 43.2FG%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Saturday at Utah, 9 p.m.; Monday vs. Utah, 8 p.m.
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Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
127–117 loss at Dallas — 19 minutes, 3–7 FG, 3–7 3FG, 2–2 FT, 2 assists, -8, 8.3 game score
Season statistics —
42 games, 9.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.7FG%, 42.4 3P%, 80.0FT%
Up next — Thursday at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday at Indiana, 7 p.m.
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
116–113 loss vs. Phoenix —
Started; 35 minutes, 18 points, 7–14 FG, 4–7 3FG, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, -3, 14.9 game score
Season statistics — 57 games, 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 42.3FG%, 41.8%3P, 75.8FT%
Up next —
Thursday at Milwaukee, 7 p.m., TNT; Saturday at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
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Justin Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks forward
No game
Season statistics —
33 games, 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 40.6FG%, 30.6%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m., TNT; Saturday vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
116–113 win at Philadelphia —
30 minutes, 15 points, 6–12 FG, 3–9 3FG, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, +9, 12.3 game score
Season statistics — 52 games, 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.7FG%, 38.5%3P, 87.2FT%
Up next — Thursday at Boston, 7 p.m.; Sunday at Brooklyn, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
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Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
106–105 loss vs. Denver —
13 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 0–1 3FG, 3 rebounds, -2, -1.3 game score
Season statistics — 39 games, 5.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 46.9%FG, 37.0%3P, 82.5FT%
Up next — Friday vs. Memphis, 10 p.m.; Sunday vs. Memphis, 4 p.m.
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Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
137–127 OT win vs. Atlanta —
Didn’t play for the 10th consecutive game
Season statistics —
14 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Saturday vs. Toronto, 1 p.m., ESPN; Monday vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
121–105 loss at Cleveland — Started; 14 points, 5–10 FG, 2–5 3FG, 2–2 FT, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, -8, 13.0 game score
Season statistics — 55 games, 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 40.8FG%, 34.1%3P, 91.3 FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Charlotte, 9 p.m., BSSE; Saturday at Miami, 8 p.m.

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