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 …

On Groundhog Day, UNC only sees a shadow of the team had been flying high

By R.L. Bynum Just when you thought that North Carolina had left the sloppy, poor-shooting basketball full of defensive lapses behind them, it all came back like another bad day for Bill Murray on “Groundhog Day.” The Tar Heels rallied from a season-low 21 first-half points to pull within four but could come no closer …

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 …

UNC unranked for a sixth consecutive AP Top 25 poll

By R.L. Bynum Three consecutive victories and six wins in the last seven games weren’t enough to return North Carolina to the AP Top 25, leaving the Tar Heels out of the poll for a sixth consecutive week. Voters evidently want to see much more from UNC, including victories over better teams. The Tar Heels …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony collects 16 points, five rebounds and six assists but Magic lose third in a row

By R.L. Bynum Another solid game for Cole Anthony again wasn’t enough as his Orlando Magic lost for a third consecutive game. Anthony scored 16 points with five rebounds and had six assists against only two turnovers in Orlando’s 115–102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. He has six assists in four of the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes hits 26 points, continues big scoring surge during Kings’ three-game win streak

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes and the Sacramento Kings are back in a groove. After the Kings lost four consecutive games, with Barnes having his only two single-digit scoring games of the season in the last two, they’ve won three in a row with Barnes scoring more than 20 in all three games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbsMCioY_l4&ab_channel=SacramentoKings After …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington joins rare NBA company with six 3-pointers in Pistons’ win over Lakers

By R.L. Bynum Whenever you’re in a shooting group with Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard, that’s prolific perimeter-shooting company. Wayne Ellington joined them Thursday as the only NBA players with at least four 3-pointers in seven consecutive games while shooting at least 40% from 3-point range. Ellington extended his franchise-record streak of making at least …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington’s 3-point barrage continues in win; Barnes hits 21 in victory; Green has 14 in 76ers win over Lakers

By R.L. Bynum Wayne Ellington crazy streak of 3-point efficiency just keeps gaining momentum, with his sweet jumper that Carolina fans remember propelling the Detroit Pistons to their second consecutive victory. In a 122–107 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ellington made four 3-pointers and collected 17 points and two steals. After Ellington had three …

UNC solidifies its NCAA tournament resume with Quad 1 victory at Pittsburgh

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina’s NCAA tournament prospects that were shaky just a couple of weeks ago now look solid after six wins in seven games, three consecutive victories and, more importantly, finally a Quad 1 victory. The Tar Heels streak of making nine consecutive NCAA tournaments looks safe. After Carolina went 14–19 last season, …