Tar Heels in NBA: White has big night, pushes Bulls to win in fourth quarter; Anthony hits 18

By R.L. Bynum

On a night when Chicago guard Zach LaVine was struggling, Coby White was there to deliver a big game in a Bulls victory on Friday night.

White scored 22 points in 29 minutes and ignited a 15–2 fourth-quarter run for a 134–122 home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves and back-to-back wins. His 3-pointer during that run gave Chicago the lead for good.

White, who scored 12 fourth-quarter points, tied his season-high with six 3-pointers and pulled down six rebounds. He also had six 3-pointers on Dec. 31 against Indiana and has 10 games with at least four.

The Bulls are 35–21, tied for second in the Eastern Conference with Cleveland, one game back of the Miami Heat.

LaVine scored 12 points, half of his average, and was 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

White said that the team’s togetherness made the difference.

“When one has not got it going, others got to step up to the plate,” White said. “Everybody stepped up big tonight on both ends of the court, especially in that second half. We came out with the win, the most important thing.”

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Rookie guard Ayo Dosunmu returned after missing one game with a concussion, so White came off the bench after starting the previous game. His 17.5 game score was his fifth-best this season and his ninth of at least 15 this season.

White had an amazing play late in the first quarter after he had missed a 3-point attempt (below).

Tony Bradley had two points and two blocks in 13 minutes.


Cole Anthony collected 18 points, six rebounds and five assists but a career-high seven turnovers in the Orlando Magic’s 114–99 loss at Utah, the Jazz’s fifth consecutive win.


Danny Green had three points, three rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes of Philadelphia’s 100–87 home win over Oklahoma City.


Theo Pinson played for the Mavericks’ G League team, the Texas Legends, in their 127–111 home loss to the Agua Caliente Clippers. He started and contributed five points, four rebounds and five assists.

Justin Jackson, released by Phoenix after the expiration of his 10-day contract, wasn’t active for the game for Texas.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
114–99 loss
at Utah — Started; 37 minutes, 18 points, 6–12 FG, 3–3 3FG, 3–3 FT, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 7 turnovers, -18, 10.1 game score
Season statistics —
43 games, 17.8 points, 39.4 FG%, 33.5 3FG%, 85.4 FT%, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists
Up next — 9 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix; 9 p.m. Monday at Denver
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Off Friday
Season statistics — 52 games, 17.1 points, 46.2 FG%, 41.2 3FG%, 82.9 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington; 7:30 Monday at Brooklyn
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
134–122 win
vs. Minnesota — 13 minutes, 2 points, 1–1 FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, +7, 5.4 game score
Season statistics — 42 games, 3.3 points, 58.5 FG%, 66.7 FT%, 3.8 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Oklahoma City; 8 p.m. Monday vs. San Antonio, NBATV
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
Off Friday
Season statistics —
48 games, 8.0 points, 41.2 FG%, 35.8 3P%, 85.7 FT%, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next —
8:30 Saturday vs. Los Angeles Clippers; 7:30 Tuesday at Miami
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
120–113 win
at Indiana — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 18 games, 1.2 points, 64.3 FG%, 37.5 FT%, 2.4 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Saturday at Philadelphia; 7:30 Tuesday at Atlanta
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
Off Friday
Season statistics — 34 games, 6.3 points, 39.9 FG%, 39.2 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 8:30 Saturday at Golden State, ABC; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Utah, ESPN
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
100–87 win
vs. Oklahoma City — 19 minutes, 3 points, 1–6 FG, 1–4 3FG, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, -1, 0.5 game score
Season statistics — 37 games, 6.6 points, 40.5 FG%, 38.3 3FG%, 12–14 FT, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next — 7:30 Saturday vs. Cleveland; 7:30 Tuesday vs. Boston, TNT
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
Off Friday
Season statistics —
52 games, 11.9 points, 46.1 FG%, 43.3 3FG%, 84.9 FT%, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Up next — 9 p.m. Saturday vs. Orlando; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers wing
Is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum 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
127–111 Texas Legends G League loss
vs. Agua Caliente Clippers — Started; 29 minutes, 5 points, 2–9 FG, 0–1 3FG, 1–1 FT, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, -12
NBA season statistics —
16 games, 1.8 points, 28.1 FG%, 24.0 3FG, 44 FT, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 of an assist
G League season statistics —
14 games, 15.7 points, 40.4 FG%, 38.6 3FG%, 84.8 FT%, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals
Up next — 8:30 Saturday vs. Los Angeles Clippers; 7:30 Tuesday at Miami
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
Off Friday
Season NBA statistics —
27 games, 6.3 points, 55.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 61.8% FT, 5.2 rebounds, 0.4 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 p.m. Saturday at Miami; 7:30 Monday vs. Sacramento
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
134–122 win
vs. Minnesota — 29 minutes, 22 points, 8–12 FG, 6–10 3FG, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, +7, 17.5 game score
Season statistics — 36 games, 13.2 points, 44.4 FG%, 37.3 3P%, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists
Up next — 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Oklahoma City; 8 p.m. Monday vs. San Antonio, NBATV
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Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward
127–111 loss vs. Agua Caliente Clippers —
Wasn’t active for the game
NBA season statistics — 7 games, 2.1 points, 33.3% FG, 33.3% 3FG, 1.0 rebounds, 0.3 of an assist
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 — 10 p.m. Tuesday at Stockton Kings; 10 p.m. Thursday at Santa Cruz Warriors
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