Tar Heels in NBA: Streak for Knicks, Bullock snapped; Anthony talks about his development

By R.L. Bynum

Reggie Bullock had another big game Monday but it wasn’t enough to extend New York’s winning streak.

Bullock collected 17 points and four 3-pointers but Phoenix snapped the Knicks’ nine-game win streak with a 118–110 victory. Cameron Johnson came off the bench for the first time in three games and has scored 11 points for the Suns.

Chris Paul put a move on Bullock and made a 3-point-attempt with 14.5 seconds left to put the game away for Phoenix, which trailed by as much as 15 points in the first half after Bullock scored 13 points in the first quarter.

Bullock’s streak of nine consecutive games scoring in double figures is his longest since doing that from Jan. 2–18, 2019, for Detroit.

The losing has to be getting old for Cole Anthony but at least he’s putting up good numbers. Orlando lost at home 114–103 to the Los Angeles Lakers for the Magic’s sixth consecutive loss. But Anthony collected 15 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers.

Anthony says that his approach to the game has changed since before his rib injury.

“I think earlier in the season, I was really just trying to prove myself and a lot of times doing that by just trying to score,” Anthony said.  “The more time I’ve been here and more so I’ve watched film on other players, you learn that you don’t really go up there and force shots. The shots are going to come to you and the more plays you make for others the more shots are going to come to you.”

It was the fourth time in five games that Anthony has dished out at least seven assists and the second time in three games that he’s gone without a turnover.

“I think I’m doing a much better job at leading the team, just trying to be a voice of reason out there for everybody,” Anthony said. “I honestly feel like this is my second season.”

Coby White scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, nine in the fourth quarter, as Chicago avenged a loss at Miami two days earlier with a 110–102 victory. White contributed five rebounds and had six assists against three turnovers.

Harrison Barnes had 19 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists in Sacramento’s 113–106 home win over Dallas.

Wayne Ellington scored two points in 23 minutes of Detroit’s 100–86 home win over Atlanta.

Philadelphia won at home against Oklahoma City 121–90 in a game that was supposed to feature two Tar Heels. But the Thunder’s Tony Bradley missed the game with a sprained left ankle and the Sixers’ Danny Green was out with a left hip issue.

How Tar Heels did Monday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
114–103 loss vs. Los Angeles Lakers —
Started; 33 minutes, 15 points, 6–11 FG, 3–4 3FG, 0–2 FG, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, -7, 14.9 game score
Season statistics — 36 games, 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 39.0FG%, 31.7%3P, 80.2FT
Up next — Wednesday at Cleveland, 7 p.m.; Friday at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
113–106 win vs. Dallas —
24 minutes, 19 points, 7–10 FG, 3–4 3FG, 2–2 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 turnover, +6, 17.4 game score
Season statistics
— 58 games, 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.7FG%, 39.1%3P, 83.0FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Utah, 10 p.m.; Friday at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m., NBATV
Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
121–90 loss at Philadelphia —
Missed game with a sprained left ankle
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 —
Tuesday at Boston, 7 p.m.; Thursday vs. New Orleans, 9 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
118–110 loss vs. Phoenix —
Started; 29 minutes, 17 points, 6–11 FG, 4–8 3FG, 1–1 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, -7, 12.0 game score
Season statistics —
55 games, 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.3FG%, 40.9%3P, 89.7FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at Houston, 8 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
105–104 win vs. Utah — Didn’t play for the fourth consecutive game
Season statistics
— 22 games, 2.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 43.2FG%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Tuesday at Houston, 9 p.m.; Thursday vs. Golden State, 8 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
100–86 win vs. Atlanta — Started; 23 minutes, 2 points, 1–5 FG, 0–4 3FG, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, +6, 0.9 game score
Season statistics —
44 games, 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.5FG%, 42.1 3P%, 80.0FT%
Up next — Thursday vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.; Saturday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., BSSE
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
121–90 win vs. Oklahoma City —
Missed game with left hip issue
Season statistics — 59 games, 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 42.0FG%, 41.7%3P, 77.1FT%
Up next —
Wednesday vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.; Friday vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
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 — Tuesday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., NBATV, BSSE; Thursday at Houston, 8 p.m.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
118–110 win at New York —
30 minutes, 11 points, 3–11 FG, 3–11 3FG, 2–3 FG, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, +6, 5.3 game score
Season statistics — 55 games, 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 43.8FG%, 37.0%3P, 86.5FT%
Up next — Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m.; Friday vs. Utah, 10 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
No game
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
118–110 loss vs. Phoenix —
Didn’t play for the 11th consecutive game
Season statistics —
14 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Wednesday vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at Houston, 8 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
110–102 win at Miami — Started; 36 minutes, 17 points, 5–14 FG, 2–8 3FG, 5–6 FT, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 turnovers, +12, 10.3 game score
Season statistics — 58 games, 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 41.6FG%, 34.4%3P, 91.3 FT%
Up next — Wednesday at New York, 7:30 p.m.; Friday vs. Milwaukee, 9 p.m.

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