Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock’s clutch 3-pointer forces OT as surging Knicks win; Barnes scores 24; Anthony dishes out 9 assists

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock came through in the clutch for New York to help the Knicks win their sixth consecutive game. https://twitter.com/i/status/1383871818612629507 Bullock sent the game into overtime on a 23-foot 3-pointer from the left corner with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, then made a 26-foot 3-pointer midway through overtime as New York earned …

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 …

Stretch-four forward Manek transferring to UNC

By R.L. Bynum Hubert Davis dipped in the transfer portal again on Friday, luring Oklahoma forward Brady Manek, a former four-star recruit, to Carolina. Manek, who entered the transfer portal on April 2, announced his decision on Twitter Friday afternoon. https://twitter.com/BradyManek/status/1383141372887113730 The 6–foot–8 stretch-four forward will be a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility …

Sparks pick Watts No. 10 overall in first round of the WNBA draft

By R.L. Bynum After one season back in Chapel Hill, it’s a return to Los Angeles for Stephanie Watts after she became the 21st player in Carolina history to be picked in the WNBA draft and the ninth to go in the first round. The 5–11 guard became only the second Carolina player to be …

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 …

Kessler transferring to Auburn

By R.L. Bynum The message Walker Kessler got from Hubert Davis must not have been that different than the one he got from Roy Williams. Monday, Kessler announced on Instagram that he’s transferring to Auburn days after Davis publicly stated that he wanted the big man to stay in Chapel Hill. Kessler visited the Auburn …

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 …