Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes hits 23, big late 3 in loss; Ellington, Green injury updates

By R.L. Bynum

The Black Falcon continues to soar early in the NBA season but he’ll need some help if the Sacramento Kings are going to be consistently successful.

Tuesday night in Salt Lake City, Harrison Barnes again led the Kings (3–4) in scoring with 23 points and made a huge 3-pointer with 23.4 seconds left to cut their deficit to two. The Jazz put the game away with four free throws after that, though, to win 119–113 for Utah’s sixth consecutive win over Sacramento.

Barnes led the Kings with 13 points in the first half but his six rebounds were his fewest in a game this season on a night that the Kings were outrebounded 59–38.

Dallas coach Jason Kidd continues to give free-agent acquisition Reggie Bullock a reduced role compared to what the veteran enjoyed when he started 64 of 65 games and averaged 30 minutes per game last season for the New York Knicks.

Bullock is averaging 21.3 minutes per game, the fewest since he played 15.1 minutes per game in the 2016–17 season for the Detroit Pistons. Bullock has started only two of seven games.

In Tuesday’s 125–110 home loss to Miami, Bullock came off the bench to score 10 points on 3 of 7 from 3-point range in 25 minutes, his second-most minutes this season.


Wayne Ellington missed another Lakers game Tuesday night with a left hamstring strain.

He practiced with the team’s South Bay Lakers G League team on Monday. But Coach Frank Vogel said Ellington was pretty sore Tuesday. Vogel has said he wants to see Ellington in a couple of practices before playing him.

Danny Green, who left Monday’s Philadelphia game with left hamstring tightness, has been ruled out of Sixers’ home game Wednesday with Chicago. He may play in Thursday’s game at Detroit.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 8 games, 19.4 points, 44.8 FG%, 44.6 3FG%, 81.3 FT%, 7.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Boston; 7 p.m. Friday vs. San Antonio
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
119–113 win at Utah —
Started; 35 minutes, 23 points, 7–14 FG, 2–5 3FG, 7–9 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers, -16, 15.4 game score
Season statistics — 7 games, 23.3 points, 48.6 FG%, 44.9 3FG%, 83.3 FT%, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. New Orleans; 10 p.m. Friday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 4 games, 2.5 points, 62.6 FG%, 3.3 rebounds
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia; 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Philadelphia
Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
125–110 vs. Miami —
25 minutes, 10 points, 3–7 FG, 3–7 3FG, 1–1 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, -7, 6.4 game score
Season statistics —
7 games, 7.0 points, 37.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 60.0 FT%, 2.4 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next —
8:30 p.m. Wednesday at San Antonio; 8:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Boston
Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
2 games, 0 points, 1 rebound
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Portland; 7:30 Friday at Toronto
Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
119–117 win vs. Houston —
Didn’t play; still hasn’t made his season debut as he recovers from a left hamstring strain
Up next — 10:30 Thursday vs. Oklahoma City; 10:30 Saturday at Portland, NBATV
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 7 games, 6.6 points, 47.1 FG%, 43.8 3FG%, 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Chicago; 7 p.m. Thursday at Detroit
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
112–100 vs. New Orleans —
 21 minutes; 6 points 2–8 FG, 1–5 3FG, 1–1 FT, 4 rebounds, +/- of 0, 2.0 game score
Season statistics —
4 games, 6.3 points, 34.6 FG%, 35.3 3FG%, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Thursday vs. Houston, NBATV; 10 p.m. Saturday vs. Atlanta
Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
7 games, 8.1 points, 51.2 FG%, 44.4 3P%, 77.8 FT%, 6.0 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cleveland; 10 p.m. Friday vs. Indiana
Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
4 games, 7 points, 3–4 FG, 1–2 3FG, 2 rebounds
Up next —
7:30 Wednesday vs. Atlanta, ESPN; 7 p.m. Friday at Detroit
Recovering from injury
Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard (had left shoulder surgery; unlikely to play until late November)
In G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward (Dallas Mavericks affiliate); opener Friday at Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic affiliate)
Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard (Boston Celtics affiliate); opener Friday at College Park Skyhawks (Atlanta Hawks affiliate)

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