Tar Heels in NBA: In streaking Sixers’ win over Magic, Anthony puts up big numbers while Green nearly puts up rare all-zeros stat line

By R.L. Bynum

Two Tar Heels in Philadelphia’s 116–106 victory at Orlando couldn’t have had more contrasting games.

While Cole Anthony put up plenty of big numbers, Danny Green put up plenty of zeros.

Anthony returned after missing five games with a left ankle injury to collect 26 points, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, other than minutes (24), field-goal attempts (2) and 3-point attempts (2), fouls (1) and steals (1), Green’s entire statistics line was zeros. The good part of that was that he had no turnovers but it was his fifth scoreless game of the season.

It didn’t matter since the Sixers won their season-high fifth consecutive victory to move to 21–16.

Originally, it was down as the most minutes by a player with 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 blocks and 0 steals since Milwaukee’s Tony Snell did it in 28 minutes for Milwaukee at Utah on Feb. 24, 2017.

On Friday, however, Green was credited with a steal to wipe that game from the list.

Green also did have an all-zeros game, though, in 19 minutes for Philadelphia against New Orleans earlier this season on Oct. 20.

The NBA record for most minutes with an all-zero stat line since the 1983–84 season is 29 by Joel Anthony for Miami against Portland on Jan. 9, 2011.

Anthony, who has scored at least 20 points a team-high 15 times this season, has only played in two of the last 10 Magic games but had flourished in both. He returned after a three-game absence on Dec. 23 against New Orleans with a 22-point, 11-assist game.

With a 19.7 game score, it was Anthony’s eighth time in 25 games this season with at least a game score of 19 after doing it twice in 47 games during his rookie season.

Putting up good numbers is fine but Anthony is tired of losing. Orlando is last in the league at 7–32 and has lost seven consecutive games.

“This is one of them things that’s just not easy,” said Anthony, who scored 14 points in the first half. “But I love this game and I love this city. I’m ecstatic to be here and we have an opportunity to build something here.”


In Nassir Little’s 11th consecutive start, he had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block in Portland’s 115–109 home loss to Miami.


Harrison Barnes collected eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in Sacramento’s 108–102 home loss to Atlanta.

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In Dallas’ 99–82 home victory over Golden State, Reggie Bullock had six points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Theo Pinson had an assist in the one minute he played.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
116
106 loss vs. Philadelphia — Started; 25 minutes, 26 points, 9–21 FG, 3–8 3FG, 5–7 FT, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +1, 19.7 game score
Season statistics — 25 games, 20.2 points, 41.8 FG%, 35.4 3FG%, 86.5 FT%, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Saturday at Detroit; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Washington
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
108–102 loss
vs. Atlanta — Started; 29 minutes, 8 points, 3–10 FG, 2–4 3FG, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, +/- of 0, 3.7 game score
Season statistics
— 35 games, 16.5 points, 44.7 FG%, 42.0 3FG%, 83.1 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Up next — 9 p.m. Friday at Denver; 9 p.m. Sunday vs. Sacramento
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Wednesday
Season statistics — 23 games, 3.7 points, 57.4 FG%, 4.4 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Friday vs. Washington; 7:30 Sunday at Dallas
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
99–82 win
vs. Golden State — 27 minutes, 6 points, 2–7 FG, 1–5 3FG, 1–1 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, +9, 5.1 game score
Season statistics —
31 games, 6.3 points, 37.0 FG%, 30.2 3P%, 75.5 FT%, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Up next —
8 p.m. Friday at Houston; 7:30 Sunday vs. Chicago
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
Off Wednesday
Season statistics —
12 games, 1.6 points, 75.0 FG%, 16.7 FT%, 3.1 rebounds, 0.1 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Friday at Portland; 8:30 Sunday at Golden State
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Wednesday
Season statistics —
27 games, 6.4 points, 38.7 FG%, 37.7 3FG%, 45 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Friday vs. Atlanta, ESPN; 9:30 p.m. Sunday vs. Memphis
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
116
106 win at Orlando — Started; 24 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 0–2 3FG, -13, -1.8 game score
Season statistics — 26 games, 6.8 points, 40.5 FG%, 37.5 3FG%, 8–8 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Friday vs. San Antonio; 8 p.m. Monday at Houston
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Justin Jackson, Phoenix Suns forward
Off Wednesday
NBA season statistics — 2 games, 2 points, 0–2 FG, 2–2 FT, 2 rebounds
G League season statistics for Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate) — 10 games, 22.7 points, 47.3% FG, 41.4% 3FG, 79.2 FT%, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals
Up next — 10 p.m. Thursday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, TNT; 9 p.m. Saturday vs. Miami
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Wednesday
Season statistics — 37 games, 11.5 points, 45.7 FG%, 44.0 3FG%, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Thursday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, TNT; 9 p.m. Saturday vs. Miami
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
115–109 loss
vs. Miami — Started, 10 points, 4–12 FG, 2–8 3FG, 0–1 FT, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, -9, 5.4 game score
Season statistics —
32 games, 8.9 points, 46.4 FG%, 30.5 3P%, 72.3 FT%, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Friday vs. Cleveland; 9 p.m. Sunday vs. Sacramento
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
99–82
win vs. Golden State — 1 minute, 0 points, 1 assist, +4, 0.7 game score
NBA season statistics — 9 games, 2.8 points, 32.0 FG, 27.8 3FG, 4–4 FT, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists
G League season statistics with Maine Celtics —
13 games, 15.1 points, 43.4 FG%, 40.6 3FG%, 88.5 FT%, 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals
Up next — 8 p.m. Friday at Houston; 7:30 Sunday vs. Chicago
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
129–121 win
at Indiana — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season NBA statistics —
11 games, 3.4 points, 64.0 FG%, 33.3% 3P%, 4–11 FT, 3.0 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 — 7:30 Friday vs. Milwaukee, ESPN; noon Sunday vs. San Antonio
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
Off Wednesday
Season statistics —
17 games, 10.8 points, 42.3 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Friday vs. Washington; 7:30 Sunday at Dallas
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