Tar Heels in NBA: White mixes drives and 3s in scoring 18 points; Anthony nets 16 in Magic win

By R.L. Bynum

All five UNC alums who played in NBA games Sunday night scored in double figures, with Coby White’s 18 points and Cole Anthony’s 16 points both coming in victories.

The Chicago Bulls (31–18) have won three of four after White scored 18 points for the second consecutive game in a 130–116 home victory over Portland.

“He’s had a really good mix the last couple of games of drives and 3s,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

After going five consecutive games without multiple 3-pointers, he had three after notching four in the previous game. Sunday, he contributed three rebounds and six assists. His 15.7 game score was his eighth of at least 15 this season and his second in a row. He had 15 such games last season.

White said that with teams concentrating on Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, it allows him to make plays.

“So, if I can help them by making some catch-and-shoot shots, then teams maybe won’t load up as much,” White said. “I just try to help those guys spacing-wise. For me, it’s just trusting my shot, and if I’m open, just shooting it.”

White is getting more consistent with finishing drives to the basket and says that assistant coach Chris Fleming has worked with him frequently on that.

“I locked in a lot,” he said. “It’s been one of my main focuses since I got here, since my first year. It’s just kind of all starting to come together.”

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Tony Bradley scored 10 points and put up a 13.1 game score, both season-highs, in 16 minutes, his most playing time since logging 21 minutes Nov. 17 on the road, also against the Blazers. He also contributed six rebounds and a season-high-tying three steals.


Anthony scored in double figures for the third consecutive game as the host Orlando Magic beat the Dallas Mavericks 110–108 to win consecutive games for the first time since mid-December. In addition to his 16 points, Anthony had four rebounds and two assists.

For the Mavericks, Reggie Bullock contributed 10 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds and three steals. Theo Pinson didn’t play for Dallas.


Cameron Johnson started for the fourth consecutive game and had 11 points and four rebounds in the Phoenix Suns’ 115–110 home victory over San Antonio for their 10th consecutive win.

Johnson’s one-handed dunk highlighted a 14–0 Suns run to rally from a 12-point deficit after three quarters.


The Lakers’ Wayne Ellington and the Cavaliers’ Ed Davis both didn’t play in their teams’ games (coach’s decision.)

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
110–108 win
vs. Dallas — Started; 31 minutes, 16 points, 6–16 FG, 0–6 3FG, 4–5 FT, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 turnovers, -3, 9.8 game score
Season statistics —
37 games, 17.8 points, 39.1 FG%, 31.6 3FG%, 83.7 FT%, 5.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chicago; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Indiana
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Off Sunday
Season statistics
— 46 games, 16.5 points, 44.6 FG%, 40.7 3FG%, 83.0 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 7:30 Monday at New York; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Brooklyn
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
130–116 win
vs. Portland — 16 minutes, 10 points, 5–7 FG, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, +5, 13.1 game score
Season statistics — 35 games, 3.6 points, 57.6 FG%, 76.5 FT%, 4.0 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Tuesday vs. Orlando; 7:30 Thursday at Toronto
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
110–108 loss
at Orlando — 31 minutes, 10 points, 3–10 FG, 3–8 3FG, 1–1 FT, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 2 turnovers, -1, 7.3 game score
Season statistics —
43 games, 6.1 points, 39.9 FG%, 33.8 3P%, 79.2 FT%, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next —
8:30 Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City; 10 p.m. Friday vs. Philadelphia, ESPN
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
115–105
at Detroit — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics —
15 games, 1.4 points, 64.3 FG%, 37.5 FT%, 2.9 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. New Orleans; 8 p.m. Wednesday at Houston
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
129–121 loss
at Atlanta — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 33 games, 6.2 points, 39.5 FG%, 38.8 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 10:30 Wednesday vs. Portland; 10 p.m. Thursday at Los Angeles Clippers
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Sunday
Season statistics — 31 games, 6.9 points, 41.7 FG%, 39.3 3FG%, 12–14 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Memphis; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Washington
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
115–110 win
vs. San Antonio Started; 36 minutes, 11 points, 5–10 FG, 1–5 3FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, +17, 7.1 game score
Season statistics —
46 games, 12.0 points, 46.0 FG%, 43.1 3FG%, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Brooklyn, TNT; 7:30 Thursday at Atlanta, TNT
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Likely out for the season with a labral tear in his left shoulder
Season statistics — 42 games, 9.8 points, 46.0 FG%, 33.1 3P%, 73.4 FT%, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
110–108 at Orlando —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
NBA season statistics —
15 games, 1.9 points, 30.0 FG%, 26.1 3FG, 44 FT, 1.2 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist
G League season statistics —
13 games, 15.4 points, 40.6 FG%, 39.2 3FG%, 83.3 FT%, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals
Up next — 8:30 Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City; 10 p.m. Friday vs. Philadelphia, ESPN
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
Off Sunday
Season NBA statistics —
22 games, 6.5 points, 58.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 65.2% FT, 5.0 rebounds, 0.3 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 — 10 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix, TNT; 10 p.m. Wednesday at Sacramento
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
130–116 win
vs. Portland — 31 minutes, 18 points, 5–12 FG, 3–7 3FG, 5–5 FT, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover, +4, 15.7 game score
Season statistics — 31 games, 12.9 points, 44.3 FG%, 36.3 3P%, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Tuesday vs. Orlando; 7:30 Thursday at Toronto
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In the G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends (Mavericks affiliate) forward
Off Sunday
NBA season statistics —
4 games, 3.8 points, 62.5% FG, 60% 3FG, 1.5 rebounds
G League season statistics— 18 games, 23.3 points, 43.3% FG, 40.4% 3FG, 82.6 FT%, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 Friday vs. Stockton Kings
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