Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has big night against Denver but frustrated with officiating; White, Johnson hit 15, Anthony 14; Jackson scores 30 in G League

By R.L. Bynum

Harrison Barnes had a big game on the road against one of the best teams in the NBA but he wasn’t doing any celebrating afterward.

Barnes collected 24 points, five rebounds and three assists for Sacramento against the Denver Nuggets, but in a 115–110 Saturday loss, the Kings’ fourth in a row.

 “There are no moral victories,” Barnes said. “We want to win these games and that’s what we’re coming out expecting to do.”

Sacramento (22–40, 13th in the Western Conference) led by seven late in the third quarter before Denver (35–25, sixth) took control with an 18–1 run for the Nuggets’ second win in three nights over the Kings.

Barnes called the officiating “interesting,” but said that wasn’t why the Kings lost.

“You get fouled on a play, no call,” Barnes said. “You talk to the refs. They say they missed it and you kind of go from there. It happens once, it’s fine, but when it happens multiple times, you sit at the end of the game and wonder: ‘That’s six to eight to 10 free throws, right? Well, what could have happened?’ ”

As it was, Barnes made all nine of his free-throw attempts.

Barnes’ 18.2 game score was his 15th game this season with at least 18.


Coby White came off the bench for the second consecutive game to score 15 points in the Chicago Bulls’ 116–110 home Saturday loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

White collected three 3-pointers, four rebounds and five assists but the Bulls couldn’t overcome Ja Morant’s career-high and franchise-record 46 points.

White cut the Bulls’ deficit to 106–105 on a 3-pointer with 2:30 left but they could come no closer.

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points for his 10th consecutive game with at least 30, the longest streak for a Bull since Michael Jordan did it 11 straight games from Feb. 13 until March 4, 1987. DeRozan’s streak of games with at least 35 points, however, ended at eight, falling short of Jordan’s Bulls record of 10.

For the second consecutive game coming out of the All-Star break, Tony Bradley didn’t play (coach’s decision.)


In the G League Saturday, Justin Jackson scored 30 points and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes but his Texas Legends lost 137–110 on the road against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ affiliate.


Cameron Johnson started his second consecutive game and scored 15 points and three 3-pointers Friday, but Phoenix lost 117–102 at home against New Orleans to end an eight-game win streak.


Cole Anthony had 14 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists and two steals Friday as Orlando won 119–111 at home against Houston.

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Reggie Bullock was back in Dallas’ starting lineup Friday after missing the two games before the All-Star break with a right hip contusion. He had nine points on three 3-pointers with two assists and two steals in the Mavericks’ 114–109 loss at Utah.

Theo Pinson missed the game with a right fifth finger fracture and hasn’t played in the last five Mavs games.

(Friday and Saturday)
Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
119
111 Friday win vs. Houston — Started; 31 minutes, 14 points, 5–10 FG, 2–4 3FG, 2–2 FT, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, +9, 11.5 game score
Season statistics —
47 games, 17.6 points, 39.9 FG%, 33.9 3FG%, 85.6 FT%, 5.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Indiana; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Indiana
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
115–110
Saturday loss at Denver Started; 38 minutes, 24 points, 7–16 FG, 1–3 3FG, 9–9 FT, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, +15, 18.2 game score
Season statistics — 57 games, 17.1 points, 46.7 FG%, 40.9 3FG%, 83.3 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Up next —  8 p.m. Monday at Oklahoma City;  8 p.m. Wednesday at New Orleans
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
116–110
Saturday loss vs. Memphis — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 45 games, 3.1 points, 57.9 FG%, 66.7 FT%, 3.7 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Monday at Miami; 7 p.m. Thursday at Atlanta
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
114–109
Friday loss at Utah — Started; 34 minutes, 9 points, 3–8 FG, 3–7 3FG, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, -13, 6.6 game score
Season statistics —
50 games, 8.2 points, 41.4 FG%, 36.5 3P%, 85.7 FT%, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assist
Up next —
7:30 Sunday at Golden State, ESPN; 10 p.m. Tuesday at Los Angeles Lakers, TNT
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
92–86
Saturday win vs. Washington — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 19 games, 1.1 points, 64.3 FG%, 37.5 FT%, 2.3 rebounds, 0.3 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Minnesota; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Charlotte, BSSE
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
105–102
Friday loss vs. Los Angeles Clippers — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 35 games, 6.1 points, 39.2 FG%, 38.5 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 10 p.m. Sunday vs. New Orleans, ESPN; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Dallas, TNT
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
133–102
Friday win at Minnesota — 21 minutes, 6 points, 2–5 FG, 2–5 3FG, 3 rebounds, +17, 3.8 game score
Season statistics — 41 games, 6.4 points, 39.9 FG%, 37.7 3FG%, 12–14 FT, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday at New York, ABC; 7:30 Wednesday vs. New York, ESPN
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
117–102
Friday loss vs. New Orleans — Started; 29 minutes, 15 points, 4–11 FG, 3–10 3FG, 4–4 FT, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover, -12, 9.8 game score
Season statistics —
57 games, 12.1 points, 46.1 FG%, 42.2 3FG%, 85.9 FT%, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists
Up next — 3:30 Sunday vs. Utah, ABC; 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Portland, ESPN
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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
114–109
Friday loss at Utah — Missed game with right fifth finger fracture
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 — 7:30 Sunday at Golden State, ESPN; 10 p.m. Tuesday at Los Angeles Lakers, TNT
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
126–123
Saturday win at Milwaukee — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season NBA statistics — 31 games, 6.1 points, 57.3 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 58.5% FT, 4.9 rebounds, 0.5 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 — 7:30 Monday vs. Toronto; 7:30 Tuesday at Toronto
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
116–110
Saturday loss vs. Memphis — 35 minutes, 15 points, 5–11 FG, 3–6 3FG, 2–2 FT, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, +9, 13.2 game score
Season statistics — 41 games, 13.9 points, 45.2 FG%, 40.1 3P%, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Up next — 7:30 Monday at Miami; 7 p.m. Thursday at Atlanta
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In the G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward
137–110
Saturday loss at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Rockets affiliate) — Started; 35 minutes, 30 points, 11–21 FG, 6–11 3FG, 1–2 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, -20
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 (2022) — 11 games, 23.1 points, 38.8% FG, 37.4% 3FG, 88.9 FT%, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists
Up next — 8:30 Tuesday at Austin Spurs; 7:30 Thursday at Sioux Falls Skyforce (Heat affiliate)
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