Tar Heels in the pros: Bullock has huge game, calls himself ‘one of the best shooters in the league’; Jackson hits 23 in G League

By R.L. Bynum

Reggie Bullock was feeling it from the perimeter on Sunday night and now his Dallas Mavericks appear to be in good position to have home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Bullock tied his season-high with 23 points and tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers as the Mavs earned a 114–100 home win over the Utah Jazz.

“I thought Bullock’s 3s were really big 3s,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “You can’t take all of them away. There’s a few that were really impactful.”

While playing good defense, as always, Bullock was 7 of 11 from 3-point range and also pulled down four rebounds for a 19.9 game score, his fourth-best this season. His three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter pushed the Dallas lead to 17.

“I believe I’m one of the best shooters in the league when my feet are set and I get arch on [my shot],” Bullock said. “At the same time, I just got to keep that confidence, and when I see one go in it’ll just keep my confidence to keep shooting it.”

Bullock also scored 23 against Indiana on Jan. 29 and vs. Oklahoma City on Feb. 2. It was his third career game with seven 3-pointers but first this season.

In deflection typical of former Carolina players, he verbally pointed to the passers.

“My teammates will find me,” Bullock said. “I’ll just be around the perimeter, so whenever they find me open I’ll just let it fly.”

Dallas (46–29) is fourth in the Western Conference standings, a game ahead of Utah.

“We know we just went up to Minnesota and dropped one,” Bullock said of a 116–95 loss to Minnesota. “We knew how important this game was coming back home and playing against the team we wanted to move [past in the standings].”

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Danny Green contributed six points on two 3-pointers with eight rebounds in Philadelphia’s 114–104 road loss to Phoenix. The Suns were without Cameron Johnson for a 12th consecutive game with a right quad contusion.


In the G League, Justin Jackson collected 23 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds and six assists but his Texas Legends lost on the road to the Birmingham Hustle 128–97.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
Off Sunday
Season statistics — 61 games, 16.9 points, 39.2 FG%, 34.1 3FG%, 85.0 FT%, 5.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday at Cleveland; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Washington
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Off Sunday
Season statistics
— 70 games, 16.8 points, 46.8 FG%, 40.5 3FG%, 82.9 FT%, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Up next — 7:30 Monday at Miami; 8 p.m. Wednesday at Houston
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
Off Sunday
Season statistics — 51 games, 2.8 points, 57.7 FG%, 68.0 FT%, 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Monday at New York; 7 p.m. Tuesday at Washington
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
114–100 win
vs. Utah — Started; 35 minutes, 23 points, 8–12 FG, 7–11 3FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, +20, 19.9 game score
Season statistics — 61 games, 8.4 points, 39.6 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 81.8 FT%, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assist
Up next —
7:30 Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Lakers, TNT; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cleveland
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
Off Sunday
Season statistics —
27 games, 1.0 points, 68.8 FG%, 42.9 FT%, 2.3 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Monday vs. Orlando; 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Dallas
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
116–108 loss at Phoenix —
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 40 games, 6.3 points, 40.8 FG%, 39.3 3FG%, 4–5 FT, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 7:30 Tuesday at Dallas, TNT; 10 p.m. Thursday at Utah
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
114–104 loss at Phoenix —
29 minutes, 6 points, 2–7 FG, 2–7 3FG, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, +1, 5.6 game score
Season statistics — 54 games, 5.8 points, 38.6 FG%, 36.4 3FG%, 13–16 FT, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Up next — 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. Milwaukee; 7 p.m. Thursday at Detroit
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
114–104 win vs. Philadelphia —
Missed 12th consecutive game with a right quad contusion
Season statistics —
60 games, 12.8 points, 47.5FG%, 44.8 3FG%, 87.3 FT%, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Up next — 10 p.m. Wednesday at Golden State, ESPN; 8 p.m. Friday at Memphis, NBATV
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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
114–100 win
vs. Utah — Not active for the game
NBA season statistics — 16 games, 1.8 points, 28.1 FG%, 24.0 3FG%, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists
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 Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Lakers, TNT; 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cleveland
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
119
110 loss vs. Charlotte — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season NBA statistics — 32 games, 6.2 points, 57.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 58.5% FT, 5.0 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
G League statistics (2021 part of season) — 4 games, 18.0 points, 47.8 FG%, 33.33P%, 85.7 FT%, 9.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 2.6 blocks
G League statistics (2022 part of season) — 7 games, 19.3 points, 49.1 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 52.6 FT%, 13.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists
Up next — 7:30 Tuesday vs. Detroit; 7:30 Thursday vs. Milwaukee, TNT
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
Off Sunday
Season statistics — 54 games, 13.0 points, 44.3 FG%, 39.4 3P%, 85.5 FT%, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists
Up next — 7:30 Monday at New York; 7 p.m. Tuesday at Washington
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In the G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward
127–97 loss at Birmingham Hustle —
Started; 36 minutes, 23 points, 8–21 FG, 3–10 3FG, 3–3 FT, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover, -22
NBA season statistics — 7 games, 2.1 points, 33.3% FG, 33.3% 3FG, 1.0 rebounds, 0.3 of an assist
G League statistics (2022 part of season) — 26 games, 21.6 points, 40.8% FG, 35.8% 3FG, 86.6 FT%, 6.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists
G League statistics (2021 part of season) — 10 games, 22.7 points, 47.3% FG, 41.4% 3FG, 79.2 FT%, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals 
Up next — 9 p.m. Friday at Salt Lake City Stars; 8:30 Saturday vs. Austin Spurs
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