Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington has best game of the season; Bullock helps Knicks win back-to-back games; Johnson gets first start of season

By R.L. Bynum It’s been a strange season for Wayne Ellington in his return to the Detroit Pistons. After he played in only one of Detroit’s first six games, and only for four minutes in that game, Ellington has started three consecutive games and five of the last seven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_4NZKW-6YM&ab_channel=FOXSportsDetroit In his latest start, Ellington …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock helps Knicks end skid; White goes scoreless but with no turnovers in big Bulls win

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock’s sore right hip is better and his return helped the New York Knicks roll over the Boston Celtics on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak. In the Knicks’ 105–75 romp, Bullock collected 11 points and seven rebounds and had a career-high plus/minus of +36. His previous high was +34 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony has best game of season but Magic falls in Harden’s Nets debut

By R.L. Bynum All the attention in Brooklyn was on James Harden’s triple-double in his Nets debut. But in their 122–115 victory over the Orlando Magic, Cole Anthony had his best game of the season with season highs in assists, 3-pointers, steals and game score. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3-eDd6DMIs&ab_channel=NbaHighlights Anthony scored 16 points but the key numbers in …

There was a lot to like in Tar Heels’ loss from Harris’ debut to Love’s shooting

By R.L. Bynum There were plenty of positives coming out of North Carolina’s 82–75 loss at Florida State on a day when turnovers again hurt the Tar Heels during key stretches. The biggest positives were the confidence Caleb Love is building with his 3-point attempts finally falling and the energy Anthony Harris brought to the …

Tar Heels in NBA: White comes close to triple-double in Bulls loss; Anthony scores 15 in Magic loss

By R.L. Bynum Coby White toyed with his first career triple-double in the Chicago Bulls’ 127–125 overtime loss at Oklahoma City after leading by 16 points. White had 12 points, four rebounds and five assists at halftime but came up short of the milestone with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. White hit a …

Tar Heels in NBA: Green continues big week by beating Heat and heat from a heckler

By R.L. BynumDanny Green will be sorry to see the Miami Heat leave town. His Philadelphia 76ers completed a sweep of two home games against Miami in three days. Green followed up his 29-point game Tuesday with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday’s 125–108 victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEz6hXhZFzI&ab_channel=NF Tony Bradley was scoreless …

Tar Heels in NBA: Green scores 29 with a career-high nine 3-pointers in Sixers’ OT victory

By R.L. Bynum It hasn’t been a smooth start with the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Green. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTGFwCkxkso&ab_channel=NbaHighlights He scored in double figures only four times in 11 games entering Tuesday’s home game against the Miami Heat and was coming off his worst game of the season in a loss at Atlanta. All that frustration was …

UNC shows some of its best offense of the season in its third consecutive victory

By R.L. BynumCHAPEL HILL — North Carolina has rarely been in the zone offensively this season, but leave it to the classic Syracuse zone defense to bring that out a little for the Tar Heels. With uncommon patience in the half-court offense, crisp perimeter passing and the ability to push the ball up court in …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes scores 30, has been the most consistently good UNC alum this season

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes continues to be the most consistent Tar Heel in the NBA so far this season and particularly stood out considering he was the only UNC alum to play in a win in the last two days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD9QRrzgq94&ab_channel=SacramentoKings Barnes scored a season-high 30 points to go with eight rebounds for a …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bradley produces double-double in second game of season; Johnson scores 16 in Suns road win; Anthony 0–2 as Magic starter

By R.L. Bynum With only seven players available for the Philadelphia 76ers, Tony Bradley figured to get into a game for only the second time this season. He took advantage of the chance in the Sixers’ 115–103 home loss to the Denver Nuggets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjQMIKKg1CE&ab_channel=NBAHonestBoxScoreHighlights In 24 minutes, Bradley, a member of UNC’s 2017 NCAA championship …