Tar Heels in NBA: White hits 20 (but doesn’t care about the points) in Bulls’ rout; Jackson scores 22 in G League

By R.L. Bynum

Finding consistency has been challenging for Coby White through seven games but he had his best game of the season Friday night.

White scored seven points during a 16–0 second-quarter Chicago Bulls run in a 123–88 road rout of the Orlando Magic. White finished with a season-high 20 points to go with four rebounds and two assists.

“I just got into a rhythm early,” said White, who made 9 of 11 shots, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range, and is working back into shape after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Chicago coach Billy Donovan liked what he saw.

“He got off to a great start offensively,” Donovan said. “The ball found him quite a bit on the perimeter, which is a good thing, where he can catch and shoot or catch and drive. Tonight, the ball found him and the ball went in the basket.”

White played well on both ends of the court for Chicago (13–7, second in the Eastern Conference) and said defense has been a priority.

“It’s been a real focus point since I’ve been back,” said White, who was +39 for the game with a season-high 17.7 game score and had one steal. “We’re so good defensively, I’m just trying to fit in.”

Getting 20 points for the first time this season? To him, that wasn’t as important.

“I don’t really care, if I’m being honest,” he said. “We’re just trying to win the game. Whatever I can do to help my team win, whether it’s score 20 or score zero.”

Tony Bradley had four points in three minutes for Chicago.

Orlando’s Cole Anthony missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.


Cameron Johnson scored 10 points and two 3-pointers as Phoenix (16–3, second in the Western Conference) won its 15th consecutive game, beating the New York Knicks 118–97.

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Wayne Ellington had six points in 16 minutes during the Los Angeles Lakers’ wild 141–137 triple-overtime home loss to Sacramento as the Lakers fell to 10–11. Harrison Barnes missed the game for the Kings (8–12) with a sprained right foot.


Nassir Little had three points and five rebounds in 20 minutes during Portland’s 118–103 loss at Golden State. The Blazers are 10–10 and sixth in the Western Conference.


In the G League, Justin Jackson collected 22 points and seven rebounds in the Texas Legends’ 115–110 home loss to Greensboro (the Hornets’ affiliate) in his first game back after becoming a dad.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
123–88 loss vs. Chicago —
Missed fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle
Season statistics — 15 games, 19.9 points, 41.1 FG%, 37.3 3FG%, 86.7 FT%, 6.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland; 7 p.m. Monday at Philadelphia
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
141–137 triple-OT win at Los Angeles Lakers —
Missed game with a sprained right foot
Season statistics — 19 games, 19.0 points, 47.8 FG%, 39.8 3FG%, 84.6 FT%, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 6 p.m. Sunday at Memphis; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Lakers
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
123–88 win at Orlando —
3 minutes, 4 points, 2–2 FG, 1 rebound, +1, 3.7 game score
Season statistics — 17 games, 3.6 points, 55.8 FG%, 4.2 rebounds, 0.4 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Miami; 8 p.m. Monday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Friday
Season statistics —
16 games, 5.9 points, 36.4 FG%, 28.4 3P%, 60.0 FT%, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist
Up next —
8:30 Saturday vs. Memphis; 8:30 Monday vs. Cleveland
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
Off Friday
Season statistics —
6 games, 2.2 points, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 FT%, 4.3 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Orlando; 8:30 Monday at Dallas
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
141–137 triple-OT loss vs. Sacramento —
16 minutes, 6 points, 2–2 FG, 2–2 3FG, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover, -4, 5.0 game score
Season statistics — 13 games, 6.6 points, 38.0 FG%, 38.8 3FG%, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 9:30 Sunday vs. Detroit; 10 p.m. Tuesday at Sacramento
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Friday
Season statistics — 11 games, 7.5 points, 45.2 FG%, 41.8 3FG%, 4–4 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Up next — 6 p.m. Saturday vs. Minnesota; 7 p.m. Monday vs. Orlando
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
118–97 win at New York —
27 minutes, 10 points, 3–6 FG, 2–4 3FG, 2–2 FT, 2 rebounds, +14, 8.1 game score
Season statistics —
19 games, 8.5 points, 40.1 FG%, 38.6 3FG%, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next — 7:30 Saturday at Brooklyn, NBATV; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Golden State, TNT
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
118–103 loss
at Golden State — 20 minutes, 3 points, 0–4 FG, 0–2 3FG, 3–3 FT, 5 rebounds, =/- of 0, 2.1 game score
Season statistics — 20 games, 8.4 points, 49.2 FG%, 32.2 3P%, 82.8 FT%, 5.3 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 9 p.m. Monday at Utah; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Detroit
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
Off Friday
Season NBA statistics — 8 games, 2.6 points, 52.9 FG%, 33.3% 3P%, 2–5 FT, 2.1 rebounds
Season G League statistics — 2 games, 15.5 points, 4–12 FG, 40.9 3P%, 71.4 FT%, 12.5 rebounds, 4 steals, 6 blocks
Up next — 7:30 Saturday vs. Phoenix, NBATV; 7:30 Tuesday vs. New York, TNT
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
123–88 win at Orlando —
23 minutes, 20 points, 9–11 FG, 2–4 3FG, 0–1 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +30, 17.7 game score
Season statistics — 7 games, 6.1 points, 37.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Miami; 8 p.m. Monday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
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In G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate) forward
115110 loss vs. Greensboro (Hornets affiliate) — Started; 39 minutes, 22 points, 7–18 FG, 2–8 3FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, +5
Season statistics — 5 games, 23.4 points, 51.9% FG, 46.8% 3FG, 70.0 FT%, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 of a steal
Up next — 8:30 Saturday vs. Greensboro; 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 vs. Austin Spurs
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Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard
Off Friday
Season statistics —
6 games, 17.7 points, 49.3 FG%, 43.6 3FG%, 91.7 FT%, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals
Up next — 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday at Westchester (Knicks affiliate)
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