Tar Heels in pros: Sharpe’s Nets beat Brooks’ Knicks in G League as both get double-doubles

By R.L. Bynum

Day’Ron Sharpe is finding out that life as a reserve on an NBA roster can be full of twists and turns, but he’s showing resiliency to overcome them in the last week.

Sharpe went from two G League double-doubles for the Long Island Nets last week to a double-double with NBA career-highs in points and rebounds for the short-handed Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. But it was back to the G League after not playing in Brooklyn’s win at Washington on Monday night.

There, he matched up with another Tar Heel in the Westchester Knicks’ Garrison Brooks, and both produced double-doubles.

Sharpe had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three steals as Long Island took a 116–107 home win over Westchester, which got 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals from Brooks.

In three G League games, Sharpe is averaging 22.3 points and 14.3 rebounds.

If Sharpe is still with Long Island on Thursday, he’ll again face Brooks and his Westchester team.


In the NBA, the Sacramento Kings lost their second consecutive game on the fourth game of a six-game road trip. Harrison Barnes collected 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists but the Kings dropped a 123–103 game at Philadelphia. He was 4 of 12 from the floor and 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

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Rookie Walker Kessler collected 11 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and three blocks in Utah’s 121–100 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. It was Kessler’s 10th game this season with at least three blocks and his fourth double-double.

One of those blocks came on a shot from former Duke star Zion Williamson.


On Monday, Reggie Bullock scored 12 points in the Dallas Mavericks’ 121–114 home win over Oklahoma City for his first double-figure scoring game in the last five. He scored three 3-pointers for the first time since that 10-point game at New York on Dec. 3. Theo Pinson didn’t play (coach’s decision) for Dallas.


In Boston’s 113–93 road loss Monday to the Los Angeles Clippers, Justin Jackson had a rebound and a block in three scoreless minutes. He didn’t play (coach’s decision) in the Celtics’ 122–118 overtime road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic guard

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

Off Monday and Tuesday
Season statistics — 11 games, 13.5 points, 43.4 FG%, 37.8 3P%, 83.9 FT%, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.1 steals
Next games — 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Atlanta; 7:30 Friday at Boston


Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward

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

123–103 Tuesday loss at Philadelphia — Started; 31 minutes, 11 points, 4–12 FG, 1–6 3FG, 2–2 FT, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 foul, -20, 8.0 game score
Season statistics — 26 games, 13.7 points, 48.2 FG%, 30.2 3FG%, 82.1 FT%, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Next games 7:30 Wednesday at Toronto; 7 p.m. Friday at Detroit


Tony Bradley, Chicago Bulls center

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

Off Monday and Tuesday
Season statistics — 7 games, 19 minutes, 10 points, 3–5 FG, 1–1 3FG, 2–2 FT, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Next games 7:30 Wednesday vs. New York, ESPN; 8 p.m. Friday vs. New York


Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks small forward

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

121–114 Monday win vs. Oklahoma City — 32 minutes, 12 points, 3–4 FG, 3–4 3FG, 3–4 FT, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, +5, 8.7 game score
Season statistics 26 games, 4.9 points, 32.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%, 68.4 FT%, 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 of an assist
Next games 9 p.m. Wednesday vs. Cleveland; 8:30 Friday vs. Portland


Justin Jackson, Boston Celtics forward

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

113–93 Monday loss at Los Angeles Clippers — 3 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 turnover, +1, 0.0 game score
122–118 Tuesday OT win at Los Angeles Lakers — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics — 12 games, 62 minutes, 6 points, 2–13 FG, 2–11 3FG, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Next games — 7:30 Friday vs. Orlando; 3 p.m. Sunday vs. Orlando


Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz center

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

121–100 Tuesday win vs. New Orleans— 23 minutes, 11 points, 5–10 FG, 1–2 FT, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 fouls, +9, 14.1 game score
Season statistics 27 games, 6.3 points, 73.0 FG%, 57.1 FT%, 6.1 rebounds, 0.6 of an assist, 1.9 blocks
Next games 9 p.m. Thursday vs. New Orleans; 8 p.m. Saturday at Milwaukee


Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks guard

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

121–114 Monday win vs. Oklahoma City — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
Season statistics —
8 games, 28 minutes, 4 points, 1–5 FG, 0–4 3FG, 2–2 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Next games 9 p.m. Wednesday vs. Cleveland; 8:30 Friday vs. Portland


Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklyn Nets center

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

112–100 Monday Brooklyn win at Washington — Didn’t play (coach’s decision)
116–107 Tuesday Long Island G League win at Washington — Started; 30 minutes, 19 points, 6–14 FG, 0–2 3FG, 4–6 FT, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 fouls, 4 turnovers, -13
Season NBA statistics 17 games, 152 minutes, 61 points, 23–45 FG, 3–4 3FG, 12–17 FT, 57 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 18 blocks
Season G League statistics 3 games, 22.3 points, 64.3 FG%, 20.0 3FG%, 58.3 FT%, 14.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks
Next game(s) 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Westchester AND/OR 7:30 Friday at Toronto


Coby White, Chicago Bulls guard

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

Off Monday and Tuesday
Season statistics 18 games, 7.4 points, 39.0 FG%, 32.1 3P%, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists
Next games 7:30 Wednesday vs. New York, ESPN; 8 p.m. Friday vs. New York


In the G League

Garrison Brooks, Westchester Knicks center

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

116–107 Tuesday loss at Long Island — Started; 36 minutes, 20 points, 9–15 FG, 0–3 3FG, 1–4 FT, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 fouls, 3 turnovers, -6
Season statistics 14 games, 13.8 points, 61.3 FG%, 0–9 3P, 55.6 FT%, 12.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 of a block
Next games 7 p.m. Thursday at Long Island; 7 p.m. Friday vs. Delaware


Out while recovering from surgery

— Phoenix forward Cameron Johnson is expected to return 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.

Photo via @nbagleague

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