Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony scores 20, adds Rising Stars game to dunk contest for All-Star Weekend

By R.L. Bynum

It was a big day for Cole Anthony but, unfortunately for his Orlando Magic, it didn’t include a victory.

After being selected as one of the “sophomores” for the Rising Stars game Feb. 18 in Cleveland during the NBA All-Star Weekend, Anthony — who already was set to compete in the slam-dunk contest — collected 20 points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals in the Magic’s 126–115 Tuesday road loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Anthony’s 18.3 game score gave him 11 games with at least 18 in 38 games after doing it twice in 48 games during his rookie season.

Four teams of seven players will be drafted among a group of 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four members of the G League’s Ignite team. James Worthy will coach one of the teams, with Rick Barry, Gary Payton and Isiah Thomas coaching the other three.

There will be mini-tournament games with the winners of the first two games playing for the championship.

Competing against Anthony in the dunk contest will be Houston’s Jalen Green, Golden State’s Juan Toscano-Anderson and New York’s Obi Toppin.

Coby White had nine points, three rebounds and five assists for the Bulls, and Tony Bradley scored two points in four minutes.

Chicago (32–18) has won four of its last five and leads the Eastern Conference by a game over Philadelphia. Orlando (11–41) has lost four of its last six and has the league’s worst record.

When both White and Anthony have played in Chicago-Orlando games, the Magic has a 3–2 edge the last two seasons. They have split two such games this season.


With Jae Crowder back in the Phoenix lineup, Cameron Johnson came off the bench for the first time in five games. Johnson kept up the production in the Suns’ 121–111 Tuesday home win over Brooklyn, though, with 16 points, four 3-pointers and three rebounds.

It was a big day for Cole Anthony but, unfortunately for his Orlando Magic, it didn’t include a victory.
After being selected as one of the “sophomores” for the Rising Stars game Feb. 18 in Cleveland during the NBA All-Star Weekend, Anthony — who also will compete in the slam-dunk contest — collected 20 points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals in the Magic’s 126–115 Tuesday road loss to the Chicago Bulls.
ADVERTISEMENT

It was Johnson’s third time with at least four 3-pointers in the last five games. He tied Gerald Green for 13th on the all-time Suns 3-pointers list with 341.

Phoenix (40–9) extended its win streak to 11 and has the best record in the league by 2½ games over Golden State.

On Wednesday, the Suns signed Justin Jackson to a second 10-day contract. He played three January games for Phoenix during his earlier contract.

Day’Ron Sharpe had two points and a rebound in three minutes for Brooklyn (29–20).


In Sacramento’s 116–96 Monday loss at New York, Harrison Barnes had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists.


In Philadelphia’s 122–119 overtime home win Monday over Memphis, Danny Green collected eight points and five rebounds.

(Monday and Tuesday)
Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
126–115 Tuesday loss at Chicago —
Started; 35 minutes, 20 points, 6–16 FG, 2–3 3FG, 4–4 FT, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, -2, 18.3 game score
Season statistics —
38 games, 17.9 points, 39.3 FG%, 32.0 3FG%, 84.1 FT%, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday at Indiana; 5 p.m. Saturday vs. Memphis
———————————————
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
116–96 Monday loss at New York —
Started; 33 minutes, 11 points, 4–8 FG, 1–4 3FG, 2–7 FT, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, -21, 5.5 game score
Season statistics
— 47 games, 16.4 points, 44.6 FG%, 40.4 3FG%, 81.5 FT%, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Brooklyn; 10 p.m. Thursday at Golden State
———————————————
Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
126–115 Tuesday win vs. Orlando —
4 minutes, 2 points, 1–1 FG, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +2, 1.3 game score
Season statistics — 36 games, 3.6 points, 58.8 FG%, 76.5 FT%, 3.9 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Thursday at Toronto; 7 p.m. Friday at Indiana
———————————————
Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Monday and Tuesday
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
———————————————
Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
93–90 Monday win vs. New Orleans —
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 — 8 p.m. Wednesday at Houston; 7 p.m. Friday at Charlotte, BSSE
———————————————
Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Monday and Tuesday
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
———————————————
Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
122–119 OT Monday win vs. Memphis —
25 minutes, 8 points, 3–8 FG, 2–5 3FG, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, +12, 4.0 game score
Season statistics — 32 games, 6.9 points, 41.5 FG%, 39.4 3FG%, 12–14 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Washington; 10 p.m. Friday at Dallas, ESPN
———————————————
Justin Jackson, Phoenix Suns forward
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 — 7:30 Thursday at Atlanta, TNT; 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington
———————————————
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
121–111 Tuesday win vs. Brooklyn —
24 minutes, 16 points, 5–10 FG, 4–8 3FG, 2–2 FT, 3 rebounds, 1 turnover, +5, 10.5 game score
Season statistics — 47 games, 12.1 points, 46.1 FG%, 43.3 3FG%, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 7:30 Thursday at Atlanta, TNT; 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington
———————————————
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
———————————————
Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
Off Monday and Tuesday
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
———————————————
Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
121–111 Tuesday loss at Phoenix —
3 minutes, 2 points, 1–1 FG, 1 rebound, +4, 2.0 game score
Season NBA statistics —
23 games, 6.3 points, 59.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 65.2% FT, 4.9 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. Wednesday at Sacramento; 9 p.m. Friday at Utah
———————————————
Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
126–115 Tuesday win vs. Orlando —
29 minutes, 9 points, 4–12 FG, 1–5 3FG, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 turnover, +15, 5.6 game score
Season statistics — 32 games, 12.8 points, 44.0 FG%, 35.8 3P%, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists
Up next — 7:30 Thursday at Toronto; 7 p.m. Friday at Indiana
———————————————

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s