Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock continues resurgence with another huge night; Barnes, Anthony have big games in victories

By R.L. Bynum

For the second time in three games, Reggie Bullock had his best game in more than three years and continues to turn around a season that was full of frustrations up until a couple of weeks ago. Harrison Barnes and Cole Anthony both had big games to help their teams earn big victories.

In an efficient 26 minutes off the bench, Bullock scored a season-high 23 points for the second time in three games with five 3-pointers. He collected eight rebounds and three steals, both tying season-highs, in the Dallas Mavericks’ 120–114 overtime home loss Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

His 21.1 game score was the best since his 25.3 for Detroit at Minnesota in a 33-point game on Dec. 19, 2018, and followed up another 23-point game and a 20.4 game score Sunday against Indiana.

Bullock’s corner 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds left in regulation gave Dallas a two-point lead only to have the Thunder force overtime.

Theo Pinson didn’t play for Dallas, which has lost consecutive games for the first time since December and had its eight-game home win streak snapped.


Barnes collected 19 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four steals as his Sacramento Kings pulled off a surprising 112–101 home victory over the Brooklyn Nets, their sixth consecutive loss. The 17.6 game score was his 13th of at least 17 in 48 games this season.

Day’Ron Sharpe didn’t get into the game for Brooklyn.

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Anthony contributed 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists as the Orlando Magic won 119–118 at Indiana, overcoming the largest deficit of the season after being down by 17 points.

Anthony got a steal and made a pair of free throws with 1:47 left to give Orlando its first lead.

While being productive in other areas, Anthony continues to struggle with his shooting. He was 2 of 15 from the floor and 2 of 7 from 3-point range and is shooting 35% in the last 10 games.


Danny Green started for Philadelphia for the first time since Jan. 10 and had six points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 26 minutes of the 76ers’ 106–103 home loss to Washington.


Ed Davis was scoreless in four minutes of Cleveland’s 115–104 loss at Houston.


Wayne Ellington didn’t play (coach’s decision) in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 99–93 home win over Portland. That’s the sixth time in the last nine games that he never got off the bench.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
119–118 win at Indiana —
Started; 35 minutes, 15 points, 2–15 FG, 2–7 3FG, 9–10 FT, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, +5, 9.5 game score
Season statistics —
39 games, 17.8 points, 38.6 FG%, 32.0 3FG%, 84.4 FT%, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists
Up next — 5 p.m. Saturday vs. Memphis; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Boston
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
112–101 win vs. Brooklyn —
Started; 28 minutes, 19 points, 6–9 FG, 3–5 3FG, 4–4 FT, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, -1, 17.6 game score
Season statistics
— 48 games, 16.5 points, 45.0 FG%, 40.8 3FG%, 81.7 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Thursday at Golden State; 10 p.m. Saturday vs. Oklahoma City
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Wednesday
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
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
120–114 OT loss vs. Oklahoma City —
26 minutes, 23 points, 8–16 FG, 5–13 3FG, 2–2 FT, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, +3, 21.1 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 —
10 p.m. Friday vs. Philadelphia, ESPN; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Atlanta, ESPN
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
115–104 loss at Houston —
4 minutes, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls, -1, -3.6 game score
Season statistics — 16 games, 1.3 points, 64.3 FG%, 37.5 FT%, 2.7 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Friday at Charlotte, BSSE, NBATV; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Indiana
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
99–94 win vs. Portland —
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 p.m. Thursday at Los Angeles Clippers; 8:30 Saturday vs. New York, ABC
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
106–103 loss vs. Washington —
Started; 26 minutes, 6 points, 2–5 FG, 2–4 3FG, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, -5, 5.2 game score
Season statistics — 33 games, 6.9 points, 41.5 FG%, 39.6 3FG%, 12–14 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Friday at Dallas, ESPN; 3:30 Sunday at Chicago
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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— 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
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off WednesdaySeason 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
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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
120–114 OT loss vs. Oklahoma City —
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 — 10 p.m. Friday vs. Philadelphia, ESPN; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Atlanta, ESPN
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
112–101 loss at Sacramento —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
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 — 9 p.m. Friday at Utah; 3:30 Sunday at Denver, NBATV
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
Off Wednesday
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
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