Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony assist shy of triple-double; Sharpe scores career-high; Barnes leads Kings past Lakers; White scores 16

By R.L. Bynum

On a night when 10 of the 13 UNC alums in the NBA had games, Cole Anthony, Day’Ron Sharpe, Harrison Barnes and Coby White all enjoyed big nights.

Anthony missed his first career triple-double by one assist, Sharpe scored a career-high 20 points in 22 minutes in his first NBA start, Barnes scored 23 as Sacramento beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Coby White netted 16.

Anthony did everything he could except get a win on a tough shooting night for him as the struggling Orlando Magic lost 112–106 at Washington. He had team-high totals of 19 points and 11 rebounds in addition to dishing out nine assists and blocking a shot. Orlando has lost 10 in a row and is an NBA-worst 7–35.

“What I like the most about what Cole did tonight was, his shot wasn’t falling early on,” Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley said of Anthony, who was 6 of 17 from the floor and 2 of 8 from 3-point range. “You look at him having nine assists, and then doing things that we’ve asked him to do on the glass.”

In addition to not being happy with Orlando’s record, Anthony isn’t content with his game, either.

“I want to get better in every single area of my game,” Anthony said. “I’m not satisfied. I haven’t done anything yet. I’ve got a lot more work to do. I get better, the team will get better.”


After never playing more than 20 minutes in his first 13 NBA games, Sharpe has done it in back-to-back games.

In Brooklyn’s 138–112 road victory over the Chicago Bulls, he was 10 of 14 (both season-highs) from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds before fouling out. The seven rebounds tied his season-high, which he has now done four times.

One reason he’s getting more playing time is that LaMarcus Aldridge isn’t on the Nets road trip because of right foot soreness. Added to that, center Nic Claxton didn’t play at Chicago with left hamstring tightness.

Sharpe hadn’t put up a game score of more than 6.5 this season before putting up a season-high 14.4 in his 14-point, 7-rebound game Monday at Portland. His game score was 13.8 at Chicago.

It was another solid night off the Bulls’ bench for Coby White with 19 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two steals.

Tony Bradley had two points, five rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes for the Bulls.


Harrison Barnes had his best game since the season opener with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block as host Sacramento snapped a season-long five-game losing streak by knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers 125–116.

Barnes’ 21.4 game score was second only this season to the 33.2 he put up in his 36-point, 9-rebound game at Portland in a win to open the season.

The Lakers led by six at halftime, but Sacramento outscored Los Angeles 40–23 in the third quarter.

“We knew if we didn’t put up a stand, put up a fight in the third, we would let this slip away like the previous five,” Barnes said. “Tonight, from start to finish, we did a good job of sticking to the game plan, everyone providing energy, competing. Things that we haven’t done consistently.”

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Wayne Ellington was scoreless, missing both 3-point field-goal attempts, with a steal in nine minutes for the Lakers, who have lost back-to-back games.


Danny Green scored seven points in nine minutes off the bench in Philadelphia’s 109–98 home loss to Charlotte.


Reggie Bullock had three points, two rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes off the bench of Dallas’ 108–85 loss at New York. Theo Pinson got into the game for a minute but didn’t score.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
112–106 loss at Washington —
Started; 33 minutes, 19 points, 6–17 FG, 2–8 3FG, 5–6 FT, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block, 4 turnovers, -7, 14.6 game score
Season statistics —
28 games, 19.8 points, 40.4 FG%, 34.4 3FG%, 85.8 FT%, 6.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Friday at Charlotte, BSSE; 9:30 Saturday at Dallas
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
125–116 win vs. Los Angeles Lakers —
Started; 38 minutes, 23 points, 9–14 FG, 3–6 3FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, +12, 21.4 game score
Season statistics
— 39 games, 16.3 points, 45.3 FG%, 42.5 3FG%, 82.6 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Friday vs. Houston; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Houston
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
138–112 loss vs. Brooklyn —
14 minutes, 2 points, 0–1 FG, 2–2 FT, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, -10, 4.2 game score
Season statistics — 27 games, 3.8 points, 58.2 FG%, 76.9 FT%, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Golden State, ESPN; 8:30 Saturday at Boston
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
108–85 loss at New York —
19 minutes, 3 points, 1–4 FG, 1–4 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, +2, 1.9 game score
Season statistics —
34 games, 6.4 points, 3779 FG%, 31.6 3P%, 76.5 FT%, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Up next —
10 p.m. Friday at Memphis, ESPN; 9:30 Saturday vs. Orlando
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
111–91 win at Utah —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics —
12 games, 1.6 points, 75.0 FG%, 16.7 FT%, 3.1 rebounds, 0.1 of an assist
Up next — 8:30 Friday at San Antonio; 8 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma City
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
125–116 loss at Sacramento —
9 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 0–2 3FG, 1 steal, -12, -0.4 game score
Season statistics —
29 games, 6.5 points, 40.3 FG%, 38.6 3FG%, 45 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
Up next — 9 p.m. Saturday at Denver, NBATV; 10:30 Monday vs. Utah, NBATV
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
109–98 loss vs. Charlotte —
9 minutes, 7 points, 2–5 FG, 2–4 3FG, 1–2 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover, +6, 4.2 game score
Season statistics — 29 games, 6.7 points, 40.7 FG%, 38.1 3FG%, 9–10 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Friday vs. Boston; 8 p.m. Saturday at Miami
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Justin Jackson, Phoenix Suns forward
Off Wednesday
NBA season statistics — 4 games, 3.8 points, 62.5% FG, 60% 3FG, 1.5 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 — 7 p.m. Friday at Indiana; 1 p.m. Sunday at Detroit
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Wednesday
Season statistics — 39 games, 11.9 points, 45.8 FG%, 43.8 3FG%, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Friday at Indiana; 1 p.m. Sunday at Detroit
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Off Wednesday
Season statistics —
35 games, 9.1 points, 44.7 FG%, 31.7 3P%, 72.0 FT%, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Thursday at Denver, TNT; 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
108–85 loss at New York —
1 minute, 0 points, +1, 0.0 game score
NBA season statistics — 11 games, 2.3 points, 29.6 FG, 25.0 3FG, 4–4 FT, 1.5 rebounds, 1.1 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 — 10 p.m. Friday at Memphis, ESPN; 9:30 Saturday vs. Orlando
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
138–112 win at Chicago —
Started; 22 minutes, 20 points, 10–14 FG, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 6 fouls, -5, 13.8 game score
Season NBA statistics —
15 games, 5.6 points, 64.9 FG%, 33.3% 3P%, 52.9% FT, 3.7 rebounds, 0.1 of an assist
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 — 8:30 Thursday vs. Oklahoma City; 7:30 Saturday vs. New Orleans
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
138–112 loss vs. Brooklyn —
33 minutes, 19 points, 6–17 FG, 2–8 3FG, 5–6 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 turnover, -21, 11.8 game score
Season statistics — 21 games, 11.7 points, 46.1 FG%, 38.8 3P%, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Up next — 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Golden State, ESPN; 8:30 Saturday at Boston
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