Tar Heels in NBA: White, Anthony each return to starting lineups, have big games

By R.L. Bynum After 15 games coming off the Chicago Bulls’ bench, the misfortune of two teammates gave Coby White a chance to prove that he deserves more playing time. He took full advantage of his chance. Starting for the first time since March 12, White collected 27 points, five rebounds, seven assists and only …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony wins latest matchup with White; Bullock, Knicks keep rolling

By R.L. Bynum The third battle between recent Carolina point guards went decidedly in Cole Anthony’s favor on a tough night for Coby White. Anthony, in his fifth game since returning from a rib injury, collected 10 points, three rebounds, five assists and only one turnover for a 10.1 game score in Orlando’s 115–106 road …

Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson leads surge from bench for hot Suns; Davis has 10 rebounds in 10 minutes in first game since Feb. 8

By R.L. Bynum The Phoenix Suns rolled to their third consecutive victory and 10th in their last 11, and a big credit went to their reserves, led by Cameron Johnson. Johnson led four reserves to score in double figures with 15 points, eight in the second quarter, as Phoenix earned a 107–86 home victory over …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes plays well in another Kings win; Anthony nets 12, hears back from Hubert Davis

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes keeps playing well and it’s never enough for the Sacramento Kings. In a season-high 42 minutes, 43 seconds, Barnes collected 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in his sixth double-double of the season. But the Kings lost 117–110 at New Orleans for their sixth consecutive loss after winning their …

Tar Heels in NBA: Rested Ellington plays well as Detroit gives Clippers good game; Bullock has four steals

By R.L. Bynum Even with the Detroit Pistons last in the Eastern Conference with no playoff hopes, the team is practicing load management when it comes to 33-year-old Wayne Ellington. It seems to be working. After Ellington sat out the Pistons’ game the night before in Portland to give him rest, Ellington started for the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bradley puts up double-double against former team; Johnson scores 12

By R.L. Bynum What did the Philadelphia 76ers give up when they traded Tony Bradley to the Oklahoma City Thunder last month? He couldn’t beat his old team, but Bradley put up a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in the Sixers’ 117–93 road victory Saturday night to remind them of his talent. It …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony says ‘it’s money time,’ is strong in return after nearly two months

By R.L. Bynum After nearly two months of frustrating, long rehab, Cole Anthony finally was back playing for the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The game didn’t go so well for Orlando, but just playing again was a relief for him. “It’s money time,” Anthony said. “I’m ready to make a run. I’m ready to …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock, Barnes each hit 21 in road losses; Johnson nets 12 in win

By R.L. Bynum On a huge day for Carolina basketball with the hiring of Hubert Davis as head coach, two who played while Davis on the coaching staff had huge games. Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes both scored 21 points, unfortunately for them in road losses as Bullock’s Knicks lost to Brooklyn 114–112 and Barnes’ …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock’s best game since 2018 ignites Knicks rout; Little, Bradley play well

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock got off to a hot start Saturday night and that helped propel New York to a 125–81 road victory over Detroit, the Knicks’ largest margin of victory since 1996. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf3k40NVHJo&ab_channel=HooperHighlights Bullock scored 14 of his season-high 22 points and four of his six 3-pointers in the first quarter as the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes scores 26 in loss to Lakers; Johnson hits 17 in victory

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half to lead four Tar Heels to score at least 13 points Friday night but only Cameron Johnson’s 17 points came in a victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxhSQxTnt7M&ab_channel=NBAMotion In 37 minutes of Sacramento’s 115–94 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Barnes led the …