Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes scores 23 against Warriors, but misses big last-second 3-point attempt

By R.L. Bynum

Harrison Barnes did nearly everything he could to help his Sacramento Kings win at Golden State on Sunday night but needed one more shot to do it.

Barnes scored 23 points but missed a potential go-ahead step-back 27-foot 3-point attempt with 2.8 seconds left as the Warriors held on for a 117–113 win after a pair of Stephen Curry free throws.

Barnes also had seven rebounds, seven assists and one block for a 15.8 game score, his 23rd game this season with a game score of at least 15. He had to take more of the scoring load with De’Aaron Fox out under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Barnes scored 14 of his points in the first quarter as Sacramento jumped out to a 39–32 lead.

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Another Tar Heel who played well in a loss was Cole Anthony, who collected 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Orlando’s 131–112 home loss to Indiana. He’s averaged 16 points and five rebounds in the last five games.

Nassir Little was scoreless with two rebounds in eight minutes of Portland’s 120–113 loss to Memphis.

Milwaukee’s 111–104 road loss at Atlanta marked the third game since Justin Jackson signed a two-way contract and Jackson still hasn’t made his Bucks debut.

Monday night will be a busy one for Tar Heels since Jackson is the only UNC alum in the NBA who doesn’t have a Monday game.

How Tar Heels did Sunday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
131–112 loss vs. Indiana —
Started; 29 minutes, 14 points, 5–14 FG, 1–3 3FG, 3–4 FT, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, -7, 12.1 game score
Season statistics — 35 games, 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 38.6FG%, 30.3%3P, 82.1FT
Up next — Monday vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m.; Wednesday at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
117–113 loss at Golden State —
Started; 40 minutes, 23 points, 8–16 FG, 5–9 3FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 turnovers, -7, 15.8 game score
Season statistics
— 57 games, 16.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.4FG%, 38.5%3P, 82.8FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Dallas, 10 p.m., NBATV; Wednesday vs. Utah, 10 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
No game
Season statistics
— 35 games, 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist, 66.1 FG%, 0–2 3FG, 70.7FT%
Up next —
Monday at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.; Tuesday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
54 games, 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.0FG%, 40.7%3P, 89.4FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., NBATV; Wednesday vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
No game
Season statistics
— 22 games, 2.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 43.2FG%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Utah, 8 p.m.; Tuesday at Houston, 9 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
No game
Season statistics —
43 games, 9.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.9FG%, 42.7 3P%, 80.0FT%
Up next — Monday vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.;  Thursday vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
No game
Season statistics — 59 games, 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 42.0FG%, 41.7%3P, 77.1FT%
Up next —
Monday vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Justin Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks forward
111–104 loss at Atlanta —
Didn’t play for the third consecutive game
Season statistics —
33 games, 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 40.6FG%, 30.6%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., NBATV, BSSE; Thursday at Houston, 8 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
128–119 loss
at Brooklyn — Started; 33 minutes, 9 points, 4–10 FG, 1–5 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, -10, 5.9 game score
Season statistics — 54 games, 9.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.2FG%, 37.4%3P, 87.8FT%
Up next — Monday at New York, 7:30 p.m., NBATV; Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
120–113 loss vs. Memphis —
8 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 2 rebounds, +/- of 0, -1.3 game score
Season statistics — 40 games, 4.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 46.6%FG, 36.5%3P, 82.5FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Wednesday at Memphis, 9 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
14 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Monday vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., NBATV; Wednesday vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
No game
Season statistics — 57 games, 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 41.7FG%, 34.7%3P, 91.7 FT%
Up next — Monday at Miami, 8 p.m.; Wednesday at New York, 7:30 p.m.

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