Tar Heels in pros: 2 impressive G League double-doubles for Sharpe; Barnes hits 20; Kessler double-double, 5 blocks in first start

By R.L. Bynum

It’s been hard for Day’Ron Sharpe to show what he could do with the limited playing time he’s been getting with the Brooklyn Nets, but looked good during a G League assignment this week.

Sharpe put up impressive double-doubles in two home victories for the Long Island Nets against the Delaware Blue Coats. Sharpe had 27 points and 17 rebounds in 27 minutes before fouling out in Monday’s 124–123 win. In Wednesday’s 130–114 victory, he collected 21 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

In 55 G League minutes this week, Sharpe has more points (48–41) and field goals (21–15) than in 113 NBA minutes over 15 games.

Sharpe was back with Brooklyn on Friday.


Garrison Brooks had nine points and 10 rebounds in the G League on Monday as his Westchester Knicks beat Capital City 131–111. He still leads the G League in rebounding at 12.2 per game.


Harrison Barnes produced his sixth game with at least 20 points this season, but his 20 points Wednesday night at Milwaukee weren’t enough as the Bucks won 126–113 to end the Sacramento Kings’ three-game win streak. It was the Bucks’ 13th win in a row against the Kings.

Sacramento went from 61 first-half points to only 19 in the fourth quarter.


In his first NBA start, Walker Kessler collected the third double-double of his rookie season and second in three games as Utah won at home against Golden State 123–123. He contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds and tied his season-high with five blocks (also Nov. 23 against Detroit).

Stephen Curry (sore ankle), Draymond Green (tightness in hip) and Andrew Wiggins (strained right adductor) all sat out the game for the Warriors.


Cole Anthony rebounded from missing all nine shots and going scoreless in Orlando’s 109–102 Monday home loss to Milwaukee and had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in the Magic’s 116–111 overtime home win Wednesday over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The win snapped a nine-game Orlando losing streak. The Clippers jumped out to a 32–14 first-quarter lead, but Anthony’s 3-pointer started a 12–2 run late in the first half to slice the Magic’s deficit to three.


The Chicago Bulls won 115–111 at home Wednesday against Washington to snap a three-game losing streak. Coby White had six points for the Bulls and Tony Bradley didn’t play (coach’s decision) for the second consecutive game.

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Reggie Bullock was scoreless in two Dallas wins this week, a 130–111 home victory Monday over Phoenix and a 116–115 road win Tuesday over Denver, getting a negative game score in both games. In 38 combined minutes in the two games, he missed all three shots (all 3-point attempts), with five rebounds and a steal.

Theo Pinson played two scoreless minutes in the Phoenix victory.


Justin Jackson didn’t play in Boston’s 116–110 Monday win at Toronto but got in for 10 scoreless minutes with a rebound and two assists in Wednesday’s 125–98 victory at Phoenix.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard

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

109–102 Monday loss vs. Milwaukee Didn’t start; 21 minutes, 0 points, 0–9 FG, 0–4 3FG, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 foul, -15, -2.4 game score
116–111 OT Wednesday win vs. Los Angeles Clippers — Didn’t start; 27 minutes, 13 points, 5–13 FG, 2–5 33FG, 1–1 FT, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 fouls, +21, 9.5 game score
Season statistics — 9 games, 13.0 points, 39.8 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 84.6 FT%, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals
Next games — 7 p.m. Friday vs. Toronto; 6 p.m. Sunday vs. Toronto


Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward

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

126–113 Wednesday loss at Milwaukee — Started; 33 minutes, 20 points, 6–11 FG, 2–6 3FG, 6–7 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul, -13, 16.2 game score
Season statistics — 23 games, 13.5 points, 49.2 FG%, 30.4 3FG%, 84.1 FT%, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists
Next games 7:30 Friday at Cleveland; 6 p.m. Sunday at New York


Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center

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

115–111 Wednesday win vs. Washington — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 6 games, 15 minutes, 7 points, 2–4 FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds
Next games 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Dallas; 6:30 Sunday at Atlanta


Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks small forward

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

130–111 Monday win vs. Phoenix Didn’t start; 24 minutes, 0 points, 0–2 FG, 0–2 3FG, 0–1 FT, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 fouls, plus/minus of 0, -0.4 game score
116–115 Tuesday win at Denver Didn’t start; 14 minutes, 0 points, 0–1 FG, 0–1 3FG, 1 rebound, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, -3, -2.6 game scores
Season statistics 23 games, 4.7 points, 29.7 FG%, 27.6 3P%, 66.7 FT%, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist
Next games 10 p.m. Friday vs. Milwaukee, ESPN; 8 p.m. Saturday at Chicago


Justin Jackson, Boston Celtics forward

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

116–110 Monday win at Toronto Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
125–98 Wednesday win at Phoenix — 10 minutes, 0 points, 0–3 FG, 0–2 3FG, 1 rebound, 2 assists, -10, -0.4 game score
Season statistics — 10 games, 56 minutes, 6 points, 2–13 FG, 2–11 3FG, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 2 steals
Next games — 8:30 Saturday at Golden State, ABC; 10:30 Monday at Los Angeles Clippers, NBATV


Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz center

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

124–123 Wednesday win vs. Golden State — Started; 24 minutes, 10 points, 5–6 FG, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, plus/minus of 9, 14.6 game score
Season statistics 24 games, 6.0 points, 76.3 FG%, 56.8 FT%, 5.5 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist, 1.8 blocks
Next games 9 p.m. Friday vs. Minnesota; 9 p.m. Saturday at Denver


Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard

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

130–111 Monday win vs. Phoenix 2 minutes, 0 points, -2, 0.0 game score
116–115 Tuesday win at Denver
Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 7 games, 24 minutes, 4 points, 1–4 FG, 0–3 3FG, 2–2 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Next games 10 p.m. Friday vs. Milwaukee, ESPN; 8 p.m. Saturday at Chicago


Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center

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

125–123 Monday G League win for Long Island vs. Delaware — Started; 27 minutes, 27 points, 13–18 FG, 1–3 3FG, 0–3 FT, 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 fouls, 1 turnover, 2 blocks, -16
130–114 Wednesday G League win for Long Island vs. Delaware — Started; 28 minutes, 21 points, 8–10 FG, 3–3 FT, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 fouls, 5 turnovers, 2 blocks, +7
Season NBA statistics 15 games, 113 minutes, 41 points, 15–31 FG, 3–4 3FG, 8–12 FT, 43 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 7 blocks
Season G League statistics 2 games, 55 minutes, 48 points, 21–28 FG, 0–3 3FG, 3–6 FT, 31 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks
Next games 7:30 Friday vs. Atlanta; 7 p.m.; 7 p.m. Saturday at Indiana


Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard

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

115–111 Wednesday win vs. Washington — 17 minutes, 6 points, 2–4 FG, 1–3 3FG, 1–1 FT, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 turnover, +4, 4.3 game score
Season statistics 16 games, 7.4 points, 41.3 FG%, 32.8 3P%, 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Next games 8 p.m. Saturday vs. Dallas; 6:30 Sunday at Atlanta


In the G League

Garrison Brooks, Westchester Knicks center

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

131–111 Monday win vs. Capital City Didn’t start; 19 minutes, 9 points, 4–5 FG, 1–2 FT, 10 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, -1
Season statistics 12 games, 12.8 points, 61.7 FG%, 0–8 3P, 59.1 FT%, 12.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 of a block
Next games 7 p.m. Friday at Delaware; 7 p.m. Tuesday at Long Island


Out while recovering from surgery

— Phoenix forward Cameron Johnson is expected to return early this month 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.

Out until mid-January

— Portland forward Nassir Little suffered a mild femoral impaction fracture to his right hip on Nov. 29. His season statistics: 21 games, 5.5 points, 47.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist


Get an explanation of the game score metric here.

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