Tar Heels in NBA: White again provides spark, big 3s off bench in Bulls win; struggling Bullock takes rest game; Anthony to return

By R.L. Bynum

Coby White gave the Chicago Bulls energy and production off the bench for the second time in three games.

White was efficient with 15 points, three 3-pointers and two rebounds in 23 minutes as the Bulls won 114–107 at Utah on Monday in the third game of a six-game road trip.

White has been giving Chicago (9–11) the spark that it was missing when he was out eight games with a left quad contusion, with energy and dangerous perimeter shooting. His 3-pointer with 1:10 left all but put the game away.

“That’s what Coby does,” said DeMar DeRozan, who led Chicago against Utah with 26 points and six assists. “He’s a game-changer.”

White, who was 6 of 9 from the floor and 3 of 5 from 3-point range, scored 14 points — including two huge late 3-pointers — Wednesday in Milwaukee on the first game of the road trip. He scored six points in Friday’s 123–119 overtime loss at Oklahoma City.

White has had double-digit game scores only three times this season, but two of them have been on the road trip: 13.6 at Milwaukee and 11.3 at Utah.

White said his hard offseason work made coming back from the injury easier.

“I just feel like it starts in the summer. I had a quad injury. But when I was able to come back and shoot, I got up a ton of shots,” said White, who scored 10 points in the second half.

One area of focus in the offseason was his ballhandling.

“I knew that was one thing I had to work on coming in, and that’s really something that’s a big key for me,” White said. “So, this whole summer, I just worked on my ballhandling — getting it tighter and dribbling in traffic. It’s been beneficial for me.”

For the fifth consecutive game, Tony Bradley — who has played only 12 minutes all season — didn’t play (coach’s decision.)

It was the third consecutive quiet game for Utah’s Walker Kessler, with five scoreless minutes and three rebounds. In Friday’s 129–118 loss at Golden State, he had eight points, four rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes. On Saturday, in a 113–112 loss at Phoenix, he had three points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.


After Sacramento won seven consecutive games with Harrison Barnes playing well, he’s scored in double digits once during the Kings’ three-game losing streak that has dropped them to 10–9.

Barnes had 12 points and five rebounds in Friday’s 122–104 loss at Boston but only six points — with two rebounds, two assists and two steals — in Sacramento’s 122–117 home loss Monday to Phoenix.


After scoring only four points in 26 minutes in a 105–100 Dallas loss Saturday at Toronto, Reggie Bullock sat out Sunday’s 124–115 loss at Milwaukee. He’s struggled of late and Coach Jason Kidd said Bullock needed a rest to reboot.

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“I think all shooters in an 82-game season go through a stretch where things just don’t look right,” Kidd said in a story on the Mavericks’ website. “It’s a great opportunity for him to rest, come back and get some work in and then get ready for Golden State.”

Dallas is at home against the Warriors at 7:30 Tuesday (TNT).

Bullock is shooting 20.8% from 3-point range in the last 12 games and Kidd says the veteran has to forget his recent struggles.

“So, the shot he takes, if he misses, he’s got to be ready because we know Luka [Dončić] is going to find him,” Kidd said. “And that’s not just for Reggie, that’s for all our shooters. We’re not shooting the ball straight and that’s just the way it is.”

Bullock has multiple 3-pointers in eight of his 18 games but has scored in double figures only three times.

Theo Pinson played three scoreless minutes with two rebounds in the loss to the Bucks.


After a productive start to his G League season with the Westchester Knicks, Garrison Brooks only had four points each in home losses Saturday to Long Island (119–108) and Monday to Greensboro (130–87).

Brooks had six rebounds in both games to drop his average to 12.3, which is still second in the league.


Justin Jackson has played in four consecutive Boston Celtics games for the first time this season.

He logged a total of 18 minutes in Friday’s 122–104 win over Sacramento, Sunday’s 130–121 win over Washington and Monday’s 140–105 victory over Charlotte. He went scoreless in all three, going 0 of 3 from the floor (all 3-point attempts), and combined for three rebounds, two steals and an assist.


Nassir Little was scoreless in 19 minutes in Portland’s 132–129 Friday overtime win at New York and had four points in 10 minutes in the Trail Blazers’ 111–97 Sunday loss at Brooklyn.


Cole Anthony has missed 16 consecutive games with a right oblique tear, the last one Orlando’s 109–102 Monday loss at Brooklyn but is expected to return for Wednesday’s home game against Atlanta. For the third consecutive game, Day’Ron Sharpe didn’t play (coach’s decision) for the Nets.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard

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

107–99 Friday loss vs. Philadelphia, 133–103 Sunday loss vs. Philadelphia and 109–102 Monday loss at Brooklyn Missed all three, has missed 16 consecutive games with a right internal oblique tear; is expected to return on Wednesday
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 p.m. Wednesday vs. Atlanta; 7:30 Friday at Cleveland


Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward

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

122–104 Friday loss at Boston Started; 23 minutes, 12 points, 4–9 FG, 4–4 FT, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, -19, 7.6 game score
122–117 Monday loss vs. Phoenix Started; 28 minutes, 6 points, 1–4 FG, 0–1 3FG, 4–5 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 foul, +1, 7.2 game score
Season statistics — 19 games, 12.7 points, 46.5 FG%, 28.3 3FG%, 86.5 FT%, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists
Next games 10 p.m. Wednesday vs. Indiana; 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Angeles Clippers


Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center

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

123–119 OT Friday loss at Oklahoma City and 114–107 Monday win at Utah Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 5 games, 12 minutes, 5 points, 1–2 FG, 3–3 FT, 6 rebounds
Next games 9 p.m. Wednesday at Phoenix; 10 p.m. Friday at Golden State, 10 p.m.


Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks small forward

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

105–100 Saturday loss at Toronto Started; 26 minutes, 4 points, 0–4 FG, 0–4 3FG, 4–4 FT, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3.4 game score
124–115 Sunday loss at Milwaukee Didn’t play (rest)
Season statistics 18 games, 5.1 points, 30.0 FG%, 28.0 3P%, 72.7 FT%, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Next games 7:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Golden State, TNT; 7 p.m. Thursday at Detroit


Justin Jackson, Boston Celtics forward

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

122–104 Friday win vs. Sacramento 4 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 0–1 3FG, 1 rebound, -9, 0.4 game score
130–121 Sunday win vs. Washington 5 minutes, 0 points, -14, 0.0 game score
140–105 Monday win vs. Charlotte — 9 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 0–2 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, -5
Season statistics — 8 games, 45 minutes, 6 points, 2–10 FG, 2–9 3FG, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 steals
Next games — 7:30 Wednesday vs. Miami; 7:30 Friday vs. Miami


Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz center

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

129–118 Friday loss at Golden State 21 minutes, 8 points, 3–3 FG, 2–2 FT, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, +2, 11.2 game score
113–112 Saturday loss at Phoenix 17 minutes, 3 points, 1–1 FG, 1–2 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 fouls, plus/minutes of 0, 3.1 game score
114–107 Monday loss vs. Chicago — 5 minutes, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover, -3
Season statistics 20 games, 5.0 points, 71.7 FG%, 53.8 FT%, 4.9 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist, 1.5 blocks
Next games 9 p.m. Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers; 9 p.m. Friday vs. Indiana


Nassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers small forward

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

132–129 OT Friday win at New York 19 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 0–1 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 foul, -12, -0.5 game score
111–97 Sunday loss at Brooklyn 10 minutes, 4 points, 1–2 FG, 0–1 3FG, 2–3 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 foul, +8, 4.2 game score
Season statistics 20 games, 5.8 points, 47.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%, 2.5 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist
Next games 10 p.m. Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Clippers, TNT; 10:30 Wednesday at Los Angeles Lakers, NBATV


Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard

Age 27 | 6–5, 212 | fifth NBA season | UNC 2014–18 (4 seasons)

105–101 Saturday loss at Toronto Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
124–115 Sunday loss at Milwaukee 3 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 0–1 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, +5, -1.1 game score
Season statistics — 4 games, 16 minutes, 4 points, 1–2 FG, 0–1 3FG, 2–2 FT, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Next games 7:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Golden State, TNT; 7 p.m. Thursday at Detroit


Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center

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

128–117 Friday loss at Indiana, 111–97 Sunday win vs. Portland and 109–102 Monday win vs. Orlando — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics 14 games, 111 minutes, 38 points, 14–30 FG, 2–3 3FG, 8–12 FG, 40 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 7 blocks
Next games 7:30 Wednesday vs. Washington; 7:30 Friday vs. Toronto


Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard

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

123–119 OT Friday loss at Oklahoma City 18 minutes, 6 points, 2–5 FG, 2–5 3FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, -5, 3.5 game score
114–107 Monday win at Utah 23 minutes, 15 points, 6–9 FG, 3–5 3FG, 2 rebounds, 1 foul, +3, 11.3 game score
Season statistics 12 games, 8.4 points, 40.9 FG%, 34.5 3P%, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Next games 9 p.m. Wednesday at Phoenix; 10 p.m. Friday at Golden State, 10 p.m.


In the G League

Garrison Brooks, Westchester Knicks center

Age 23 | 6–10, 240 | Rookie| UNC 2017–21 (4 seasons)

119–108 Saturday loss vs. Long Island Started; 29 minutes, 4 points, 2–6 FG, 0–1 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 block, -13
130–87 Monday loss vs. Greensboro Started; 19 minutes, 4 points, 2–6 FG, 0–2 3FG, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul, 1 turnover, -23
Season statistics 8 games, 13.3 points, 57.7 FG%, 0–8 3P, 58.8 FT%, 12.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals
Next games 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. Greensboro; 7 p.m. Thursday vs. College Park


Out while recovering from surgery

— Phoenix forward Cameron Johnson is expected to return in early December or as late as early January after having right knee surgery on Nov. 8. His season statistics: 8 games, 13.0 points, 44.6 FG%, 43.1 3P%, 72.7 FT%, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists
— 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.


Get an explanation of the game score metric here.

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