Tar Heels in NBA: Impressive games for Little, Sharpe; Jackson puts up big numbers in G League return; Green, Johnson hurt

By R.L. Bynum

On a weekend with injuries to two UNC alums, Nassir Little and Day’Ron Sharpe put up big games as starters and Justin Jackson was back in the G League showing why he shouldn’t be there.

Little scored 14 points in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 140–108 Thursday loss at Denver and contributed 18 in their 115–110 Saturday victory at Washington. Little has started his last 16 games after combining to start seven in his first two seasons.


Sharpe started in two more games for the Brooklyn Nets and has started in three consecutive games. He had four points and six rebounds in Thursday’s 130–109 home loss to Oklahoma City but rebounded with his first NBA double-double on Saturday, with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Nets’ 120–105 home win over New Orleans.


After Jackson’s 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns expired, he returned to the Dallas Maverick’s G League team, the Texas Legends. He had been playing with the Legends before signing a 10-day December contract with the Boston Celtics.

Jackson collected 23 points and eight rebounds in Friday’s home win over the Santa Cruz Warriors and 30 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s win over Santa Cruz. He combined to go 11 of 26 from 3-point range in the two games.

Theo Pinson, who is on a two-way contract with the Mavericks, wasn’t active but was on the Legends’ roster for both games.


Harrison Barnes collected 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Sacramento’s 126–114 Friday home victory over Houston for the Kings’ second consecutive win.


Danny Green and Cameron Johnson both missed weekend games with injuries. Green was out for Philadelphia’s wins Friday vs. Boston and Saturday at Miami with a hip injury. Johnson didn’t play in Phoenix’s Friday win at Indiana and has missed two consecutive games with a left ankle sprain. He is also listed as out for Sunday afternoon’s game at Detroit.


Coby White keeps playing well off the bench for the Chicago Bulls even if they are on a bad stretch. White scored 20 points in their 138–97 Friday loss to Golden State and 19 points in their 114–112 Saturday loss to Boston as Chicago has lost three consecutive games.

Tony Bradley had two points Friday and six points Saturday.


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The Orlando Magic split two weekend games, winning at Charlotte on Friday 116–109 and falling 108–92 at Dallas on Saturday. Cole Anthony collected eight points, six rebounds and eight assists in Charlotte and 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in Dallas.


Reggie Bullock had four points and three assists in Dallas’ win over the Magic after contributing 10 points and five rebounds in the Mavericks’ 112–95 Friday win at Memphis.


Wayne Ellington scored three points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 133–96 Saturday loss at Denver.

(Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
116–109
Friday win at Charlotte — Started; 29 minutes, 8 points, 2–8 FG, 0–3 3FG, 4–6 FT, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, -4, 6.6 game score
108–92 Saturday loss at Dallas — Started; 26 minutes, 12 points, 4–8 FG, 2–4 3FG, 2–2 FT, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, -15, 9.5 game score
Season statistics —
30 games, 19.2 points, 40.3 FG%, 34.2 3FG%, 85.2 FT%, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Portland; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
126–114
Friday win vs. Houston — Started; 37 minutes, 16 points, 5–9 FG, 2–5 3FG, 4–4 FT, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 turnovers, +6, 14.0 game score
Season statistics
— 40 games, 16.3 points, 45.5 FG%, 42.4 3FG%, 83.0 FT%, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Houston; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Detroit
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
138–97
Friday loss vs. Golden State — 15 minutes, 2 points, 0–4 FG, 2–2 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, -21, 2.0 game score
114–112 Saturday loss at Boston — 13 minutes, 6 points, 3–3 FG, 2 rebounds, +8, 5.3 game score
Season statistics — 29 games, 3.8 points, 57.0 FG%, 80.0 FT%, 4.4 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 3:30 p.m. Monday at Memphis, TNT; 8 p.m. Wednesday vs. Cleveland
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
112–95
Friday win at Memphis — 21 minutes, 10 points, 4–8 FG, 2–5 3FG, 5 rebounds, 1 turnover, +31, 8.9 game score
108–92 Saturday win vs. Orlando — 19 minutes, 4 points, 1–2 FG, 1–2 3FG, 1–2 FT, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, +13, 5.7 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 —
8:30 Monday vs. Oklahoma City; 8:30 Wednesday vs. Toronto
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
114–109
Friday win at San Antonio and 107–102 Saturday win at Oklahoma City — 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 — 3 p.m. Monday vs. Brooklyn; 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chicago
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
133–96 Saturday loss at Denver —
15 minutes, 3 points, 1–4 FG, 1–4 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 turnover, -26, 0.1 game score
Season statistics —
30 games, 6.4 points, 39.9 FG%, 38.3 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.6 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 10:30 Monday vs. Utah, NBATV; 10:30 Wednesday vs. Indiana
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
111–99 Friday win vs. Boston and 109–98 win
Saturday at Miami — Didn’t play (hip injury)
Season statistics — 29 games, 6.7 points, 40.7 FG%, 38.1 3FG%, 9–10 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Up next — 2 p.m. Monday at Washington; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Orlando
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
112–94
Friday win at Indiana — Didn’t play (left ankle sprain)
Season statistics — 39 games, 11.9 points, 45.8 FG%, 43.8 3FG%, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday at Detroit; 8:30 Monday at San Antonio
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
140–108
Thursday loss at Denver — Started, 27 minutes, 14 points, 4–12 FG, 3–10 3FG, 3–4 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, -26, 10.5 game score
115–110 Saturday win at Washington — Started; 29 minutes, 18 points, 6–8 FG, 2–3 3FG, 4–5 FT, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 turnover, -4, 13.2 game score
Season statistics —
37 games, 9.5 points, 45.1 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 72.6 FT%, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday at Orlando; 7:30 Wednesday at Miami
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
112–95
Friday win at Memphis and 108–92 Saturday win vs. Orlando Didn’t play (On G League Texas Legends roster for their games Friday and Saturday but inactive)
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 — 8:30 Monday vs. Oklahoma City; 8:30 Wednesday vs. Toronto
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
130–109
Thursday loss vs. Oklahoma City — Started; 20 minutes, 4 points, 2–5 FG, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover, -17, 3.5 game score
120–105 Saturday win vs. New Orleans — Started; 27 minutes, 12 points, 6–14 FG, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover, +2, 7.3 game score
Season NBA statistics —
17 games, 5.9 points, 59.2 FG%, 33.3% 3P%, 52.9% FT, 5.9 rebounds, 0.2 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 — 3 p.m. Monday at Cleveland; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Washington
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
138–97
Friday loss vs. Golden State — Started; 29 minutes, 20 points, 9–17 FG, 2–9 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, -29, 10.9 game score
114–112 Saturday loss at Boston — 39 minutes, 19 points, 7–16 FG, 5–10 3FG, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, -5, 14.1 game score
Season statistics — 23 games, 12.4 points, 46.4 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Up next — 3:30 p.m. Monday at Memphis, TNT; 8 p.m. Wednesday vs. Cleveland
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In the G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate)
forward
126–121Friday win vs. Santa Cruz Warriors —
Started; 38 minutes, 23 points, 8–18 FG, 5–12 3FG, 2–2 FT, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, +1
136–132Saturday win vs. Santa Cruz Warriors — Started; 35 minutes, 30 points, 9–20 FG, 6–14 3FG, 3–5 FT, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, +3
NBA season statistics —
4 games, 3.8 points, 62.5% FG, 60% 3FG, 1.5 rebounds
G League season statistics for Texas Legends — 12 games, 23.3 points, 46.8% FG, 42.3% 3FG, 77.4 FT%, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 of a steal
Up next — 4 p.m. Monday vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 8 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma City Blue
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