Tar Heels in NBA: Sharpe puts up season-high numbers for short-handed Nets; Johnson hits 12 in Suns win

By R.L. Bynum

What will it take to give Day’Ron Sharpe a chance to show what he can do in the NBA on a deeply talented Brooklyn Nets team?

Evidently, it requires the team to be down to eight available players.

In Brooklyn’s 131–129 home overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Sharpe played a season-high 13 minutes, scoring a season-high seven points and pulling down a season-high-tying seven rebounds.

He also had an impressive block (play No. 3 in the below video).

In addition to Joe Harris (left ankle surgery) being out, the Nets were without James Harden, Jevon Carter, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson, DeAndre’ Bembry and Paul Millsap because they were in the NBA’s health-and-safety protocols.

During one first-half stretch, Sharpe had six rebounds in five minutes. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter or overtime.

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Before the season, Coach Steve Nash said that Sharpe would play some games with the G League’s Long Island Nets because of the lack of available playing time for him in Brooklyn. In four G League games, he’s averaging 18 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 steals.


Cameron Johnson extended his career-high streak of double-figure scoring games to seven with 12 points and eight rebounds in Phoenix’s 111–107 victory at Portland.

Nassir Little, in his third consecutive start for the Trail Blazers, had three points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and an assist.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 22 games, 20.5 points, 42.5 FG%, 37.6 3FG%, 87.4 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Atlanta; 7 p.m. Friday vs. Miami
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
23 games, 17.4 points, 45.4 FG%, 38.5 3FG%, 83.8 FT%, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Washington; 10 p.m. Friday vs. Memphis
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 21 games, 3.5 points, 55.7 FG%, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 3:30 Sunday vs. Los Angeles Lakers; 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, vs. Houston
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
26 games, 5.8 points, 36.4 FG%, 28.3 3P%, 72.7 FT%, 2.7 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
Up next —
7:30 Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN; 8 p.m. Sunday at Minnesota
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
Off Tuesday
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. Wednesday vs. Houston; 9 p.m. Saturday at Milwaukee
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
20 games, 6.5 points, 40.2 FG%, 40.4 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.5 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Wednesday at Dallas, ESPN; 10 p.m. Friday at Minnesota, ESPN
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 21 games, 6.9 points, 42.5 FG%, 39.0 3FG%, 4–4 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Miami; 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Brooklyn, NBATV
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
111–107 win at Portland —
24 minutes, 12 points, 4–14 FG, 4–11 3FG, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, +2, 6.5 game score
Season statistics —
27 games, 10.1 points, 41.8 FG%, 40.6 3FG%, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 9 p.m. Thursday vs. Washington; 8 p.m. Sunday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
111–107 loss vs. Phoenix —
Started; 24 minutes, 3 points, 1–4 FG, 0–3 3FG, 1–2 FT, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, -7, 2.1 game score
Season statistics — 24 games, 8.5 points, 48.4 FG%, 31.1 3P%, 74.4 FT%, 5.2 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Memphis; 10 p.m. Friday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
131–129 OT win vs. Toronto —
13 minutes, 7 points, 3–3 FG, 1–4 FT, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers, -7, 6.5 game score
Season NBA statistics — 9 games, 2.7 points, 60.0 FG%, 33.3% 3P%, 3–9 FT, 2.7 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 7:30 Thursday vs. Philadelphia, NBATV; Long Island plays at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Maine Celtics
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
Off Tuesday
Season statistics — 9 games, 6.1 points, 34.9 FG%, 22.6 3P%, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 3:30 Sunday vs. Los Angeles Lakers; 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, vs. Houston
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In G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate) forward
Off Tuesday
Season statistics —
9 games, 23.7 points, 49.0% FG, 42.5% 3FG, 86.4 FT%, 7.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 of a steal
Up next — 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rio Grande (Rockets affiliate); 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Austin Spurs
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Theo Pinson, Maine Celtics guard
Off Tuesday
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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