Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes continues sizzling start; LeBron stuffs Johnson’s dunk attempt

By R.L. Bynum

Harrison Barnes did it all for the Sacramento Kings on Friday night and it still wasn’t enough.

Coming off a career-high 36 points and eight 3-pointers in the Kings’ opening-game win at Portland, Barnes scored 25 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds in a 110–101 loss to the Utah Jazz in Sacramento’s home opener.

Barnes’ best previous rebound total was 14 in a loss at San Antonio last season on March 31.

Utah broke open a tie game with a 15–6 game-ending run in the final 4:57. During that stretch, Kings Coach Luke Walton went to a four-guard lineup with Barnes at center, which still didn’t revive their offense.

Barnes collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Rudy Gobert’s defense made it tough for Barnes to drive or get shots and he still scored nine points.

It’s good that Barnes is off to such a sizzling start because other Tar Heels haven’t gotten off to the best starts.

It was another rough night for Cole Anthony starting at point guard for the Orlando Magic, which fell to 0–2, after his second consecutive 10-point game.

After going 3 of 12 from the floor and 1 of 7 from 3-point range in a 123–97 opening-game loss at San Antonio, Anthony went 3 for 14 and 2 of 7 Friday in a 121–96 loss to the New York Knicks in Orlando’s home opener. He had four assists and three turnovers in the opener, then six assists and four turnovers Friday.

Markelle Fultz, who was expected to start at point guard for Orlando, still hasn’t made his season debut. He had left ACL surgery in January.

Reggie Bullock’s Dallas Mavericks debut started well when he came off the bench to make his first shot, a 3-point attempt. The rest of the Mavs’ 113–87 opening-game loss at Atlanta on Thursday didn’t go so well. Bullock missed his other three shots and finished with three points, one rebound and one turnover.

Danny Green had another quiet night for the Philadelphia 76ers, this time in a 114–109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the Sixers’ home opener.

After going scoreless with one shot in their opening-game win at New Orleans, Green was 2 of 6 from the floor (all 3-point attempts) for six points, had one rebound and one steal and air-balled a 3-point attempt long at one point.

Cameron Johnson scored eight points on 3 of 8 shooting and had two rebounds and three assists in the Phoenix Suns’ 115–105 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. His attempt to dunk on LeBron James on a third-quarter fast break didn’t go well. Not only did he not score, James wasn’t called for a foul.

Wayne Ellington, who has been dealing with a sore left hamstring, still has not made his debut in his return to the Lakers.

Tony Bradley made his Chicago Bulls debut in their 128–112 road victory over the New Orleans Pelicans after missing their opener with a left lower back strain. In two minutes, he had two points, making his only shot, one rebound and one block.

After Day’Ron Sharpe missed the Brooklyn Nets’ opener with a right second toe sprain, he was available in their 114–109 win Friday at Philadelphia but didn’t play.

How Tar Heels did

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
Friday loss vs. New York — Started; 31 minutes, 10 points, 3–14 FG, 2–7 3PFG, 2–2 FT, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, -20, 2.0 game score
Season statistics — 2 games, 10.0 points, 21.4 FG%, 21.4 3FG%, 83.3 FT%, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Sunday at New York; 7:30 Monday vs. Miami
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
110–101 Friday loss vs. Utah —
Started; 38 minutes, 25 points, 9–20 FG, 2–6 3FG, 5–6 FT, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, -12, 20.1 game score
Season statistics — 2 games, 30.5 points, 48.7 FG%, 58.8 3FG%, 86.7 FT%, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Up next — 9 p.m. Sunday vs. Golden State; 10 p.m. Wednesday at Phoenix
Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Friday win vs. New Orleans — (Season debut after missing opener with a left lower back strain) 2 minutes, 2 points, 1–1 FG, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 turnover, -4, 0.9 game score
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Detroit; 7:30 Monday at Toronto
Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
113–87 Thursday loss at Atlanta —
15 minutes, 3 points, 1–4 FG, 1–3 3PFG, 1 rebound, 1 turnover, -4, -0.5 game score
Up next —
7:30 Saturday at Toronto; 8:30 Tuesday vs. Houston
Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
123–112 Friday loss vs. Charlotte —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision); hasn’t played in first two games
Up next — 6 p.m. Saturday vs. Atlanta; 9 p.m. Monday at Denver
Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Friday loss vs. Phoenix — Didn’t play (grade 1 left hamstring strain)
Up next — 9:30 Sunday vs. Memphis; 8:30 Tuesday at San Antonio
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
114–109 Friday loss vs. Brooklyn —
Started; 22 minutes, 6 points, 2–6 FG, 2–6 3PFG, 1 rebound, 1 steal, -8, 1.9 game score
Season statistics — 2 games, 3.0 points, 28.6 FG%, 28.6 3FG%, 0.5 of a rebound
Up next — 7 p.m. Sunday at Oklahoma City; 7:30 Tuesday at New York, TNT
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Friday win at L.A. Lakers — 19 minutes, 8 points, 3–8 FG, 2–5 3FG, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, +7, 6.5 game score
Season statistics — 2 games, 9.5 points, 42.6 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Saturday at Portland, NBATV; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Sacramento
Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers forward/guard
Off Thursday, Friday
Season statistics — 1 game, 7 points, 3–5 FG, 1–1 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover
Up next —
10 p.m. Saturday vs. Phoenix, NBATV; 10:30 Monday at L.A. Clippers, NBATV; 10 p.m.
Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
114–109 Friday win at Philadelphia —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Up next — 4 p.m. Sunday vs. Charlotte, BSSE; 7:30 Monday vs. Washington, NBATV
Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard (recovering from left shoulder surgery; unlikely to play until late November)
In G-League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward (Dallas Mavericks’ team)
Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard (Boston Celtics’ team)

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