Tar Heels in NBA: White, Johnson have their best games of season; Anthony gets contract extension

By R.L. Bynum

There was good and bad for former UNC point guards Coby White and Cole Anthony on Friday, and it was all good for Cameron Johnson.

Although his Chicago Bulls (3–3) lost on Friday night, White had his best game of the season. While Cole Anthony didn’t play because of an injury, he had a good day off the court because the Orlando Magic extended his contract through the 2023–24 season. Johnson scored a season-high 16 points as the 4–1 Phoenix Suns rolled to a win.

White (13.2) and Johnson (14.9) both produced their highest game scores of the season.

White scored 16 of his 19 points and all three of his three 3-pointers in the first half of the Bulls’ 129–124 loss at San Antonio. White, who had 10 second-quarter points, finished with four rebounds, four assists and a steal and was +18.

For the fourth time in six games and the second consecutive game, Tony Bradley didn’t play for the Bulls (coach’s decision).


Orlando exercised its fourth-year team option on Anthony, whom the Magic (1–5) made the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. He sat out Orlando’s 113–93 win at Charlotte and is out indefinitely with a right internal oblique injury.

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In addition, Orlando extended its fourth-year option on forward Chuma Okeke and the third-year options on guard Jalen Suggs and forward Franz Wagner.


In Phoenix’s 124–111 home win over New Orleans, Johnson went 5 of 10 from the floor, 2 of 6 from 3-point range and 4 of 4 on the free-throw line, adding two rebounds, three assists and two steals. It was his third multiple-3-pointer night in five games as he passed Goran Dragic for 11th on the all-time Suns 3-pointers list with 399.

Johnson’s 3-pointer with 6:04 left shoved Phoenix’s lead to 110–92.


Justin Jackson was one of two Celtics who didn’t play (coach’s decision) in Boston’s 132–123 overtime home loss to Cleveland. He’s played in only one of the first five games for the Celtics, who fell to 3–2 with their second loss in a row.


Walker Kessler missed Utah’s 117–101 loss at Denver with a sickness.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard

Age 22 | 6–3, 185 | third NBA season | UNC 2019–20 (1 season)

113–93 Friday win vs. Charlotte — Missed game with a right internal oblique injury
Season statistics — 4 games, 15.5 points, 41.5 FG%, 35.0 3P%, 73.4 FT%, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 turnovers, 1.0 steal
Next games — 7:30 Sunday at Dallas; 8 p.m. Tuesday at Oklahoma City
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Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward

Age 30 | 6–8, 225 | 11th NBA season | UNC 2010–12 (2 seasons)

Off Friday
Season statistics — 4 games, 10.3 points, 41.9 FG%, 1 of 9 3FG, 66.7 FT%, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Next games 6 p.m. Saturday vs. Miami; 7 p.m. Monday at Charlotte, Bally Sports Southeast
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Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center

Age 24 | 6–10, 248 | sixth NBA season | UNC 2016–17 (1 season)

129–124 Friday loss at San Antonio — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 2 games, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 1.5 rebounds
Next games 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Philadelphia, NBATV; 7:30 Tuesday at Brooklyn, TNT
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Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks small forward

Age 31 | 6–6, 205 | 10th NBA season | UNC 2010–13 (3 seasons)

Off Friday
Season statistics 4 games, 7.5 points, 38.5 FG%, 38.1 3P%, 66.7 FT%, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist
Next games 9 p.m. Saturday vs. Oklahoma City; 7:30 Sunday vs. Orlando
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Justin Jackson, Boston Celtics forward

Age 27 | 6–8, 220| sixth NBA season | UNC 2014–17 (3 seasons)

132–123 OT Friday loss vs. Cleveland — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics (1 game) — 5 minutes, 6 points, 2–3 FG, 2–2 3FG, +3
Next games — 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Washington; 7:30 Wednesday at Cleveland, ESPN
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Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns power forward

Age 26 | 6–8, 210 | fourth NBA season | UNC 2017–19 (2 seasons)

X–X Friday xxx vs. New Orleans — x
Season statistics 4 games, 10.0 points, 38.5 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assist
Next games 9 p.m. Sunday vs. Houston; 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Minnesota, TNT
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Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz center

Age 21 | 7–0, 245 | rookie NBA season | UNC 2020–21 (1 season)

X–X Friday xxx at Denver — Didn’t play because of illness
Season statistics 5 games, 5.8 points, 62.5 FG, 60.0 FT, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks
Next games 9 p.m. Saturday vs. Memphis; 9 p.m. Monday vs. Memphis
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Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers small forward

Age 22 | 6–5, 220 | fourth NBA season | UNC 2018–19 (1 season)

X–X Friday xxx vs. Houston — x
Season statistics 5 games, 5.8 points, 54.5 FG%, 36.4 3P%, 2.2 rebounds, 0.4 of an assist
Next games 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Memphis, ESPN; 10 p.m. Friday at Phoenix
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Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard

Age 26 | 6–5, 212 | fifth NBA season | UNC 2014–18 (4 seasons)

Off Friday
Season statistics (1 game) — 7 minutes, 2 points, 2–2 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, +8, 3.3 game score
Next games 9 p.m. Saturday vs. Oklahoma City; 7:30 Sunday vs. Orlando
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Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center

Age 20 | 6–9, 265 | second NBA season | UNC 2020–21 (1 season)

Off Friday
Season statistics 4 games, 4.0 points, 37.5 FG%, 0–1 3P%, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.3 of an assist
Next games 7:30 Saturday vs. Indiana; 7:30 Monday vs. Indiana, NBATV
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Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard

Age 22 | 6–4, 195 | fourth NBA season| UNC 2018–19 (1 season)

129–124 Friday loss at San Antonio — 31 minutes, 19 points, 7–14 FG, 3–7 3FG, 2–4 FT, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 5 fouls, +18
Season statistics 6 games, 8.3 points, 39.1 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Next games 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Philadelphia, NBATV; 7:30 Tuesday at Brooklyn, TNT
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Out while recovering from surgery
Memphis forward Danny Green will miss most of the season after surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee suffered in May.
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Get an explanation of the game score metric here.

Photo via @chicagobulls

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