Tar Heels in NBA: Another terrific game for White not enough against Bucks; Anthony hits 15 in loss

By R.L. Bynum

Coby White had another good game trying to lead the Chicago Bulls in the absence of leading scorer Zach LaVine but came up short against the Milwaukee Bucks, who were playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo.

White scored a team-high 21 points with four 3-pointers and seven assists against only one turnover in a 108–98 home loss to Milwaukee.

LaVine missed his ninth consecutive game under the NBA’s health and safety protocols and Antetokounmpo was out with a sprained right ankle.

White, who also had a steal and a block, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and cut the Bulls’ deficit to eight on a 26-foot 3-pointer with 1:38 left but they could come no closer.

White put up an 18.0 game score, his eighth of at least 18 this season and second in the last four games.

This was Milwaukee’s sixth game since signing Justin Jackson and he still hasn’t made his Bucks debut.

Cole Anthony’s assist-to-turnover ratio wasn’t what he would want with two assists and three turnovers, but he had another decent game otherwise. Anthony had 15 points and six rebounds in Orlando’s 92–75 Friday loss at Memphis.

Anthony had a better game than Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, who had eight points and six assists.

Cameron Johnson collected six points, six rebounds and two assists in Phoenix’s 121–100 home Friday win over Utah. He’s made only five of his last 34 3-point attempts.

Nassir Little was scoreless with a rebound and an assist in eight minutes of Portland’s 128–109 Friday win at Brooklyn.

Two Tar Heels are dealing with injuries.

Harrison Barnes missed his second consecutive game with left adductor tightness, Sacramento’s 110–106 road win Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wayne Ellington, who sat out Detroit’s 115–105 Thursday home loss to Dallas to get rest, has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game at Charlotte with a bilateral calf strain.

How Tar Heels did Thursday & Friday, what’s next

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
Friday loss at Memphis — Started; 29 minutes, 15 points, 7–14 FG, 1–3 3FG, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, -4, 7.0 game score
Season statistics — 38 games, 12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 39.7FG%, 31.6%3P, 81.3FT
Up next — Saturday vs. Memphis, 8 p.m.; Monday at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings guard
110–106 Friday win at Los Angeles Lakers —
Missed second consecutive game with left adductor tightness
Season statistics
— 58 games, 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 49.7FG%, 39.1%3P, 83.0FT%
Up next — Sunday at Dallas, 8 p.m.; Tuesday at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Tony Bradley, Oklahoma City Thunder center/forward
109–95 Thursday loss vs. New Orleans —
Didn’t play
Season statistics
— 36 games, 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist, 65.9 FG%, 0–2 3FG, 68.9FT%
Up next —
Saturday vs. Indiana, 8 p.m.; Sunday vs. Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
56 games, 10.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.3FG%, 41.2%3P, 88.1FT%
Up next — Sunday at Houston, 8 p.m.; Monday at Memphis, 9 p.m.
Ed Davis, Minnesota Timberwolves center/forward
126–113 Thursday win vs. Golden State — Didn’t play for the sixth consecutive game
Season statistics
— 22 games, 2.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 43.2FG%, 0–0 3FG, 83.3FT%
Up next — Saturday vs. New Orleans, 8 p.m.; Wednesday vs. Memphis, 8 p.m.
Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons guard
115–105 Thursday loss vs. Dallas — Rested on second consecutive day with a game; ruled out for Saturday’s game with a bilateral calf strain
Season statistics —
44 games, 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 44.5FG%, 42.1 3P%, 80.0FT%
Up next — Saturday at Charlotte, 7 p.m., BSSE; Monday vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Friday win vs. Atlanta — Started; 21 minutes, 5 points, 2–8 FG, 1–5 3FG, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, +4, 1.9 game score
Season statistics — 61 games, 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 41.7FG%, 41.0%3P, 77.1FT%
Up next —
Sunday at San Antonio, 8 p.m.; Monday at Chicago, 9 p.m.
Justin Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks forward
143–136 Thursday loss at Houston; 108–98
Friday win at Chicago Hasn’t played in the six games since Bucks signed him
Season statistics — 33 games, 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 40.6FG%, 30.6%3P, 85.7FT%
Up next — Sunday vs. Brooklyn, 3:30 p.m., TNT; Tuesday vs. Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., TNT
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
121–100 Friday win vs. Utah —
23 minutes, 6 points, 1–7 FG, 1–6 3FG, 3–4 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, +11, 3.3 game score
Season statistics — 57 games, 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 42.9FG%, 36.0%3P, 86.7FT%
Up next — Sunday at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.; Tuesday at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Nassir Little, Portland Blazers forward/guard
Friday win at Brooklyn — 8 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 1 rebound, 1 assist, -3, 0.3 game score
Season statistics — 43 games, 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist, 44.5%FG, 34.6%3P, 79.5FT%
Up next — Sunday at Boston, 7:30 p.m., NBATV; Monday at Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Theo Pinson, New York Knicks guard/forward
No game
Season statistics —
15 games, 2 points, 1–9 FG, 0–8 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Up next — Sunday at Houston, 8 p.m.; Monday at Memphis, 9 p.m.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls point guard
108–98 Friday loss vs. Milwaukee — Started; 35 minutes, 21 points, 6–15 FG, 4–8 3FG, 5–5 FT, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, -6, 18.0 game score
Season statistics — 60 games, 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 41.5FG%, 34.8%3P, 91.7 FT%
Up next — Saturday at Atlanta, 8 p.m.; Monday vs. Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

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