Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony scores 33 in Magic win; Barnes hits 22; Pinson double-double

By R.L. Bynum

Down by 10 points in the fourth quarter and looking for the Orlando Magic’s first home victory of the season, Cole Anthony was determined to get it done Sunday night against the Utah Jazz.

Anthony scored 10 points in the final 5:48 on his way to finishing with a season-high 33 points in 32 minutes as Orlando (3–8) rallied to surprise Utah 107–100. It was the Magic’s second victory in the last eight games and ended a two-game skid.

“The team just came and really fought tonight. Just a big shoutout to the team because that was a good [win] against a really good team,” Anthony said of beating Utah (7–3), which has the second-best record in the Western Conference.

It all happened even though he was questionable for the game up until mid-day Sunday with a sore ankle before starting and showing that the ankle issue must not be that bad.

In the below TV interview, he was all about the facts.

Anthony was clutch in the last six minutes with a steal and dunk with 5:48 left, a dunk with 4:31 left, a 19-foot jumper with 1:28 left and a 13-foot jumper with 54.3 seconds left. After R.J. Hampton’s 3-pointer with 21.5 seconds left, Anthony’s two free throws with 18.2 seconds left put the game away.

Chants of “M-V-P, M-V-P” rang down from the fans in Orlando after those free throws went in.

Cole Anthony’s shooting chart for his 33-point game Sunday in a victory over Utah.

“We just really had some dudes make hustle plays, especially in that fourth quarter,” Anthony said.

Anthony, who has a team-high six games with at least 20 points, scored 24 points after Utah took a 52–50 halftime lead. He shot 13 of 20 from the floor, a career-high field-goal total to top 11 earlier this season against Charlotte on Oct. 27. His best previous scoring game this season was 29 in a win at New York on Oct. 24.


His 33 points is second only to the 37 he scored on 10 field goals on May 16 in the finale of his rookie season for Orlando at Philadelphia.

The 27.7 game score was the second-best of his career behind the 29.8 for the game at New York on Oct. 24.

Anthony became the third-youngest player (21 years, 176 days) in Magic franchise history to record his third game with at least 30 points behind only Shaquille O’Neal (20 years, 309 days) and Dwight Howard (21 years, 63 days).

Harrison Barnes kept his hot start going in Sacramento’s 94–91 home loss to Indiana. He collected 22 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals and made 6 of 15 shots from the floor. It was the seventh time in 10 games that he’s scored at least 20 points for the Kings (5–5).

In the G League, Theo Pinson put up a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, four 3-pointers and seven assists in the Maine Celtics’ 113–98 road win over the College Park Skyhawks to finish a two-game weekend sweep.

Maine’s starting point guard is Ryan Arcidiacono, who was a senior when Villanova beat Pinson and the Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA championship game. Arcidiacono was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player that season.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
107–100 win
vs. Utah — Started; 32 minutes, 33 points, 13–20 FG, 5–10 3FG, 2–2 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, +14, 27.7 game score
Season statistics — 11 games, 20.2 points, 44.8 FG%, 41.4 3FG%, 84.2 FT%, 7.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Brooklyn; 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Washington
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
91 loss vs. Indiana Started; 37 minutes, 22 points, 6–15 FG, 1–6 3FG, 9–11 FT, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, -14, 19.8 game score
Season statistics — 10 games, 22.2 points, 47.9 FG%, 43.3 3FG%, 84.3 FT%, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Monday vs. Phoenix; 8:30 Wednesday at San Antonio
Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Sunday
Season statistics — 6 games, 2.3 points, 50.0 FG%, 3.8 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Monday vs. Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; 8 p.m. Wednesday vs. Dallas
Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Sunday
Season statistics —
9 games, 6.9 points, 37.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 60.0 FT%, 2.3 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next —
8:30 Monday vs. New Orleans; 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chicago
Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
126–108 win
at New York — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 2 games, 0 points, 1 rebound
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Washington; 7:30 Friday vs. Detroit
Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Sunday
Season statistics — 2 games, 5.5 points, 28.6 FG%, 25.0 3FG%, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Monday vs. Charlotte, NBATV, BSSE; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Miami, ESPN
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Sunday
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. Monday vs. New York; 7:30 Tuesday vs. Milwaukee, TNT
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Sunday
Season statistics —
8 games, 7.1 points, 33.3 FG%, 30.6 3FG%, 2.5 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Monday at Sacramento; 9 p.m. Wednesday vs. Portland
Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Off Sunday
Season statistics —
10 games, 7.2 points, 50.0 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 83.3 FT%, 5.1 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Tuesday at Los Angeles Clippers, TNT; 9 p.m. Wednesday at Phoenix
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 (Mavericks affiliate) forward
Season statistics — 2 games, 33.0 points, 61.5% FG, 65.2% 3FG, 2–2 FT, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals
Up next — 8:30 Friday and Saturday vs. Birmingham Squadron (Pelicans affiliate)
Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard
113–98 win at College Park (Hawks affiliate) —
Started; 37 minutes, 20 points, 6–12 FG, 4–6 3FG, 3–4 FT, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, +22
Season statistics — 2 games, 17.5 points, 43.5 FG%, 45.5 3FG%, 87.5 FT%, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals
Up next — 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Delaware Blue Coats (Sixers affiliate)
Day’Ron Sharpe, Long Island Nets center
Season G League statistics —
1 games, 12 points, 4–12 FG, 1–1 3FG, 2–3 FT, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 4 blocks
Season NBA statistics — 4 games, 7 points, 3–4 FG, 1–2 3FG, 2 rebounds
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday vs. Capital City Go-Go (Wizards affiliate)

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