Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson hits 22, clutch late 3-pointer in Thunder win over Bucks

By R.L. Bynum First came the dagger from Justin Jackson and then came his big smile. Jackson’s clutch 3-pointer from 27 feet out with 14.9 seconds left helped the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome a triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo for a 114–109 victory Sunday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85e2agXnqNQ&ab_channel=BAKETS Coming off a 20-point game against …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson leads scoring for Thunder with season-high 20 points as his playing time increases

By R.L. Bynum Justin Jackson and Coby White have put up the best games of the weekend so far for UNC alums, both coming on Friday night. Jackson led Oklahoma City with a season-high 20 points and collected three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Thunder’s 97–94 loss at Denver for …

Tar Heels in NBA: With 30 points, eight 3-pointers, White part of making NBA history

By R.L. Bynum Chalk up the latest clash between Coby White and Zion Williamson to the point guard from Carolina and Goldsboro, who was part of making NBA history on Wednesday. With a career-high eight 3-pointers, White outscored Williamson 30–29 as the Chicago Bulls rolled to a 129–116 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony suffers a painful strained right shoulder

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony is dealing with another injury and he can only hope that he doesn’t miss as many games as he did last season for Carolina. After missing 11 Carolina games last season with a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, Anthony strained his right shoulder in the second quarter of …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson has best game of season as Thunder pushes Lakers to overtime

By R.L. Bynum When given a chance, Justin Jackson has rewarded the Oklahoma City Thunder. Monday night was one of those chances as he scored eight of his 14 points in the second half and was 6 of 10 from the floor with two 3-pointers in the Thunder’s overtime 119–112 road loss to the Los …

Tar Heels in NBA: Another huge game for Barnes, surging Kings; White’s Bulls avenge loss to Anthony’s Magic

By R.L. Bynum Coby White’s Bulls avenged a loss the night before to Cole Anthony’s Magic, but the big Saturday story for Tar Heels in the NBA was Harrison Barnes’ huge game for the surging Sacramento Kings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ5m_4ePrMY&ab_channel=BAKETS Barnes had 28 points, five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Kings to a …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony wins first of two weekend ‘friendly rivalry’ games with White, says games easier on body than UNC practices

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony won his first NBA matchup with Coby White in a clash of Carolina’s previous two starting point guards Friday but White gets a chance to avenge that result Saturday night. Anthony’s two free throws with 16.4 seconds left helped put away the Orlando Magic’s 123–119 home win over the Chicago …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has Kings surging, other teams targeting him for a trade; Green hits 16, moves up all-time 3-pointers list

By R.L. Bynum There are a lot of reasons why the Sacramento Kings have fought back from a 5–10 start to nearly reach .500. One of them has been the consistent play of Harrison Barnes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dbxn6M4l_bc&ab_channel=ABC10 Barnes contributed 24 points, five rebounds and six assists to lead the 10–11 Kings to a 116–111 home victory …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony scores 16, throws down one-handed, highlight-reel dunk follow; Ellington hits cold shooting streak; Little out with knee strain

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony scored 16 points for the second consecutive game but, unfortunately for the Orlando Magic, it was in another loss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQyJWVQFB8&ab_channel=NBABasketballPLEASELIKEANDSUBSCRIBE His play that will get the most attention during the 123–108 setback against Toronto came in the third quarter when he rebounded a miss with one hand and slammed in …

Tar Heels in NBA: Little says career-high 30-point game is ‘just the beginning’; another big game for Barnes

By R.L. Bynum It wasn’t a good night for the Portland Trail Blazers but it was a career night for Nassir Little in their 134–106 loss at Milwaukee. After scoring only 15 points total in his first eight games, Little poured in 30 points in nearly 30 minutes for an impressive 26.9 game score. In …