Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony scores 23, hits big 3 in loss; Jackson nets 35 in G League

By R.L. Bynum

Cole Anthony had another big night Saturday and Justin Jackson broke loose for 35 points in the G League.

Anthony scored a game-high 23 points and tied the game on a 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds left. But Reggie Jackson’s step-back jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave the host Los Angeles Clippers a 106–104 victory over the Magic (5–22) for Orlando’s fourth consecutive loss.

Anthony had five 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists, and has scored at least 23 points 10 times in his 21 games this season.

“I see a game that could have easily gone the other way,” Anthony said. “We had some defensive breakdowns where we were giving up some really open shots. We’ve got to be really better on the defensive end.”


Jackson scored his 35 points in 40 minutes in his Texas Legends’ 116–105 home victory over the Austin Spurs and is fourth in the league in scoring average at 23 points per game.

Jackson made 10 of 21 shots, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range, with seven rebounds and two steals. Jackson’s season-high is 43 points against the Lakeland Magic on Dec. 6.


Day’Ron Sharpe played his second consecutive game in the G League, collecting 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and five blocks in the Long Island Nets’ 117–110 home win over College Park. Sharpe is averaging 18 points and 9.8 rebounds in four G League games.


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Harrison Barnes had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in Sacramento’s 117–103 loss at Cleveland. For the fifth consecutive game, Ed Davis didn’t play for the Cavaliers.


In Philadelphia’s big prime-time national TV 102–92 home win over Golden State, Danny Green contributed five points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist.


Tony Bradley had four points and seven rebounds in Chicago’s 118–92 loss at Miami.


Theo Pinson had three points, two rebounds and 11 assists in the Maine Celtics’ 134–106 home victory over Raptors 905.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
106–104 loss at Los Angeles Clippers —
Started; 34 minutes, 23 points, 7–16 FG, 5–8 3FG, 4–4 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, +2, 15.0 game score
Season statistics — 21 games, 20.4 points, 42.9 FG%, 37.7 3FG%, 87.7 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists
Up next — 9:30 Sunday at Los Angeles Lakers; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Atlanta
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
117–103 loss at Cleveland —
Started; 24 minutes, 12 points, 4–10 FG, 0–2 3FG, 4–6 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, -24, 7.6 game score
Season statistics —
22 games, 18.0 points, 46.5 FG%, 39.4 3FG%, 83.8 FT%, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday at Toronto; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Washington
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
118–92 loss at Miami —
9 minutes, 4 points, 2–3 FG, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover, +6, 6.0 game score
Season statistics — 21 games, 3.5 points, 55.7 FG%, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Tuesday vs. Detroit; 7:30 Thursday at Toronto
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
24 games, 5.7 points, 35.4 FG%, 27.6 3P%, 66.7 FT%, 2.6 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next —
7 p.m. Sunday at Oklahoma City; 8:30 Monday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
117–103 win vs. Sacramento —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics —
9 games, 1.7 points, 70.0 FG%, 50.0 FT%, 3.2 rebounds, 0.1 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Miami; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Houston
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
19 games, 6.7 points, 39.6 FG%, 39.8 3FG%, 4–4 FT, 1.4 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 9:30 Sunday vs. Orlando; 7:30 Wednesday at Dallas, ESPN
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
102–92 win vs. Golden State —
Started; 16 minutes, 5 points, 2–5 FG, 1–3 3FG, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, +5, 4.9 game score
Season statistics — 20 games, 7.3 points, 43.2 FG%, 39.8 3FG%, 4–4 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Monday at Memphis; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Miami
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Saturday
Season statistics —
25 games, 9.8 points, 42.5 FG%, 40.8 3FG%, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 10:30 p.m. Monday at Los Angeles Clippers, NBATV; 10 p.m. Tuesday at Portland, TNT
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Off Saturday
Season statistics — 22 games, 8.7 points, 48.6 FG%, 32.8 3P%, 76.9 FT%, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
Up next — 9 p.m. Sunday vs. Minnesota; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Phoenix, TNT
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
117–110 Long Island Nets win in G League vs. College Park (Hawks affiliate) —
Started; 31 minutes, 14 points, 6–15 FG, 1–3 3FG, 1–2 FT, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 5 blocks
Season NBA statistics — 8 games, 2.6 points, 52.9 FG%, 33.3% 3P%, 2–5 FT, 2.1 rebounds
Season G League statistics — 4 games, 18.0 points, 47.8 FG%, 33.33P%, 85.7 FT%, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 2.6 blocks
Up next — Brooklyn plays at 6 p.m. Sunday at Detroit and at 7:30 Tuesday vs. Toronto; Long Island plays at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Maine Celtics
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
118–92 loss at Miami —
Out under NBA health-and-safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19, although fully vaccinated
Season statistics — 9 games, 6.1 points, 34.9 FG%, 22.6 3P%, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Tuesday vs. Detroit; 7:30 Thursday at Toronto
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In G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate) forward
116–105 loss vs. Austin Spurs — Started; 40 minutes, 35 points, 10–21 FG, 5–11 3FG, 6–6 FT, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 turnover, +/- of 0
Season statistics — 8 games, 23.0 points, 47.3% FG, 41.9% 3FG, 83.3 FT%, 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.9 of a steal
Up next — 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Rio Grande (Rockets affiliate)
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Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard
134–106 win vs. Raptors 905 —
Started; 27 minutes, 3 points, 0–5 FG, 0–2 3FG, 3–3 FT, 2 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, +14
Season statistics —
10 games, 17.3 points, 45.8 FG%, 42.6 3FG%, 88.0 FT%, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals
Up next — 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday vs. Long Island Nets
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