Tar Heels in NBA: Green, Johnson, Bullock advance to next round; Johnson’s Suns to meet Bullock’s Mavs

By R.L. Bynum

Danny Green, Cameron Johnson and Reggie Bullock all helped their teams win road games Thursday night to win their first-round NBA playoff series in six games, with the latter two now facing off in the next round.

Green’s Philadelphia 76ers, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, advanced to a conference semifinal series against the No. 1-seed Miami Heat, with Game 1 Monday in Miami at 7:30 p.m. (TNT).

Johnson’s Phoenix Suns, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, will meet Bullock’s No. 4-seed Dallas Mavericks in a conference semifinals series. Game 1 is at 10 p.m. Monday in Phoenix (TNT).

Green scored 12 points on four 3-pointers with five rebounds as Philadelphia finished off a 4–2 first-round series victory over the Toronto Raptors with a 132–97 road victory. Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 33 points.

Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers was impressed with Green’s poise in the game.

“If you’re going to go on the road, you should bring Danny Green with you,” Rivers said. “Really. He is not fazed at all.”

Green made nine of 16 3-point attempts in the final two games of the series.


Cameron Johnson made some huge plays in a fourth-quarter sequence as Phoenix won its first-round series 4–2 over the New Orleans Jazz with a 115–109 road victory Thursday.

Johnson, who scored 13 points and a pair of 3-pointers, had a stretch where he scored off an offensive rebound, got a steal and scored a transition 3-pointer to give the Suns a lead with 8:56 left.

With Devin Booker, who scored 13 points, back in the lineup, Johnson was again coming off the bench. Johnson did start the second half.

The big boost for Phoenix was season-high 33 points from former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul.

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Bullock battled foul trouble and finished with six points, his lowest scoring output of the series, but Dallas pulled out a 98–96 Game 6 victory at Utah behind 24 points each from Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson.

Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic missed a potential game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Bullock still played 44 minutes despite picking up five fouls and had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Theo Pinson wasn’t active for any game in the series.

Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks guard/forward
98–96 Game 6 win at Utah —
Started; 44 minutes, 6 points, 2–6 FG, 2–6 3FG, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnovers, 5 fouls, +9, 4.8 game score
Playoff statistics — 6 games, 10.7 points, 44.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%, 4–4 FT, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists
Regular-season statistics —
68 games, 8.6 points, 40.1 FG%, 36.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Mavericks-Jazz first-round series scores
April 16: Utah 99, Dallas 93
April 18: Dallas 110, Utah 105
April 21: Dallas 126, Utah 118
April 23: Utah 100, Dallas 99
Monday: Dallas 102, Utah 77
Thursday: Dallas 98, Utah 96; Mavericks win series 4–2
Mavericks-Suns Western Conference semifinals
Monday at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
Wednesday at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
Friday at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday at Dallas, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
X — Tuesday, May 10 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
X — Thursday, May 12 at Dallas, TBD, TBD
X — Sunday, May 15 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
X — If needed
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Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers forward
132–97
Game 6 win at Toronto — Started; 30 minutes, 12 points, 4–7 FG, 4–7 3FG, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, +23, 9.9 games score
Playoff statistics — 6 games, 9.0 points, 35.8 FG%, 36.4 3FG%, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Regular-season statistics —
62 games, 5.9 points, 39.4 FG%, 38.0 3FG%, 20–24 FT, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Sixers-Raptors first-round series scores
April 16: Philadelphia 131, Toronto 111
April 18: Philadelphia 112, Toronto 97
April 20: Philadelphia 104, Toronto 101
April 23: Toronto 110, Philadelphia 102
April 25: Toronto 108, Philadelphia 88
Thursday: Philadelphia 132, Toronto 97; Sixers win series 4–2
Heat-Sixers Eastern Conference semifinals
Monday in Miami, 7:30 p.m., TNT
Wednesday in Miami, 7:30 p.m., TNT
Friday in Philadelphia, 7 p.m., ESPN
Sunday in Philadelphia, 8 p.m., TNT
X — Tuesday, May 10, in Miami, TBD, TBD
X — Thursday, May 12, in Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
X — Sunday, May 15, in Miami, TBD, TBD
X — If needed
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns wing
115–109
Game 6 win at New Orleans — 24 minutes, 13 points, 4–7 FG, 2–3 3FG, 3–3 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 fouls, +4, 10.8 game score
Playoff statistics — 6 games, 11.0 points, 46.0 FG%, 35.7 3FG%, 66.7 FT%, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Regular-season statistics —
66 games, 12.5 points, 46.0 FG%, 42.5 3FG%, 86.0 FT%, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Mavericks-Suns Western Conference semifinals
Monday at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
Wednesday at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
Friday at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday at Dallas, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
X — Tuesday, May 10 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
X — Thursday, May 12 at Dallas, TBD, TBD
X — Sunday, May 15 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
X — If needed
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard
98–96 Game 6 win at Utah —
Not active for game
Playoff statistics — Hasn’t played
Regular-season NBA season statistics —
19 games, 2.5 points, 35.9 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 10–10 FT, 1.1 rebounds, 0.9 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
Mavericks-Suns Western Conference semifinals
Monday at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
Wednesday at Phoenix, 10 p.m., TNT
Friday at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday at Dallas, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
X — Tuesday, May 10 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
X — Thursday, May 12 at Dallas, TBD, TBD
X — Sunday, May 15 at Phoenix, TBD, TBD
X — If needed
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