Tar Heels in NBA: Back as Bulls starter, White scores 19, hits 6 3s but in 4th straight loss

By R.L. Bynum

If the Chicago Bulls are going to turn things around and be successful in the playoffs, Coby White will be a big part of it with Lonzo Ball out for the season.

Back in the starting lineup, he did what he could Friday with 19 points, a season-high-tying six 3-pointers and four assists, but the host Bulls lost to the Charlotte Hornets 133–117 for their fourth consecutive loss.

Chicago (45–36) has clinched a playoff berth and will be the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, facing No. 3-seed Boston in the first round.

White, who started in place of Ayo Dosunmu for only the second time since Feb. 16 and the first time since March 12, has scored in double figures in three consecutive games for only the second time since mid-February.

White has found his shooting stroke of late and is 11 of 19 from 3-point range in the last three games.

Tony Bradley didn’t play for Chicago (coach’s decision).


Wayne Ellington played 22 minutes, his most playing time since March 14, and scored 10 points and two 3-pointers in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120–101 home win over Oklahoma City. It was his best output since scoring 12 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 3.


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Reggie Bullock scored five points in 27 minutes and Theo Pinson had two points and two assists in 13 minutes in Dallas’ 128–78 home win over Portland.


Cameron Johnson collected six points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist in 22 minutes of Phoenix’s 111–105 win at Utah.


Ed Davis was scoreless in one minute of Cleveland’s 118–107 win at Brooklyn. Day’Ron Sharpe didn’t play for the Nets (coach’s decision).

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard
Off Friday
Season statistics
— 64 games, 16.6 points, 39.3 FG%, 33.9 3FG%, 85.4 FT%, 5.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists
Up next — 7 p.m. Sunday vs. Miami (last game of season)
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Off Friday
Season statistics — 75 games, 16.8 points, 47.0 FG%, 39.5 3FG%, 83.0 FT%, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Up next — 9:30 Saturday at Los Angeles Clippers; 9:30 Sunday at Phoenix
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center
133–117 loss
vs. Charlotte — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics —
54 games, 2.8 points, 58.3 FG%, 66.7 FT%, 3.3 rebounds, 0.5 of an assist
Up next — 8:30 Sunday at Minnesota; playoff game at Boston, TBD
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
128–78 win
vs. Portland — Started; 27 minutes, 5 points, 2–7 FG, 1–6 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, +29, -0.3 game score
Season statistics — 67 games, 8.6 points, 40.4 FG%, 36.0 3P%, 83.0 FT%, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Up next —
9:30 Sunday vs. San Antonio; playoff game vs. Utah, TBD
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Ed Davis, Cleveland Cavaliers center
118
107 loss at Brooklyn 1 minute, 0 points, +2, 0.0 game score
Season statistics —
31 games, 0.9 of a point, 68.8 FG%, 42.9 FT%, 2.1 rebounds, 0.2 of an assist
Up next — 3:30 Sunday vs. Milwaukee; play-in tournament game at Brooklyn, TBD
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Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers guard
120–101 win
vs. Oklahoma City — 22 minutes, 10 points, 4–9 FG, 2–7 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, +15, 5.5 game score
Season statistics — 42 games, 6.4 points, 40.5 FG%, 38.4 3FG%, 5–10 FT, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist
Up next — 9:30 Sunday at Denver (last game)
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
Off Friday
Season statistics — 60 games, 5.9 points, 39.4 FG%, 38.2 3FG%, 19–23 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Up next — 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Indiana; 7 p.m. Sunday vs. Detroit
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
111
105 win at Utah — 22 minutes, 6 points, 3–5 FG, 0–1 3FG, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, -7, 7.9 game score
Season statistics —
65 games, 12.6 points, 46.0 FG%, 42.7 3FG%, 85.6 FT%, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Up next — 9:30 Sunday vs. Sacramento; playoff game vs. play-in tournament winner, TBD
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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
128–78 win
vs. Portland 13 minutes, 2 points, 0–2 FG, 0–1 3FG, 2–2 FT, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +16, 1.9 game score
NBA season statistics —
18 games, 1.8 points, 26.5 FG%, 23.1 3FG%, 8–8 FT, 1.1 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 — 9:30 Sunday vs. San Antonio; playoff game vs. Utah, TBD
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center
118
107 win vs. Cleveland 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) — 10 games, 18.8 points, 51.0 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 40.0 FT%, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists
Up next — 3:30 Sunday vs. Indiana; play-in tournament game vs. Cleveland, TBD
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard
133–117 loss
vs. Charlotte — Started; 36 minutes, 19 points, 6–14 FG, 6–9 3FG, 1–2 FT, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, -15, 11.7 game score
Season statistics —
61 games, 12.7 points, 43.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 86.7 FT%, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Up next — 8:30 Sunday at Minnesota; playoff game at Boston, TBD
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In the G League
Justin Jackson, Texas Legends forward
Season overNBA 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) — 28 games, 22.1 points, 41.5% FG, 36.3% 3FG, 88.2 FT%, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 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 
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