Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony ends Magic’s six-game skid with buzzer-beating 3-pointer; Green, Ellington play well

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony didn’t want anything to do with his Orlando Magic losing a seventh consecutive game since he took over as the starting point guard. He shot down that possibility at the buzzer. The Magic trailed host Minnesota by two points with 3.7 seconds left when he retrieved a Timberwolves miss and …

Halftime words lead to better second half actions as Love leads Heels past Wake

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It was an ugly, listless first half for North Carolina, followed by a lengthy halftime stay in the dressing room that probably wasn’t pleasant for the Tar Heels players. UNC (9–5, 4–3 ACC) didn’t return to the court until 1:45 remained on the halftime clock. Whatever the message was, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson scores more than a point per minute in Thunder’s loss

By R.L. Bynum Since joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason, Justin Jackson hasn’t been given many opportunities to show what he can bring to the team. He got a chance in the Thunder’s 119–101 loss Tuesday at Denver and made the most of his seven minutes with nine points, making all three of …

Watts shakes shooting slump and other positives come out of UNC’s loss at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum Tar Heels fans knew the dynamic talent that North Carolina got when Stephanie Watts transferred back into the program before this season. But as the struggles with her shot seemed to affect her overall game, they weren’t seeing that Watts.  She was back Tuesday afternoon at Syracuse. Watts came off the bench …

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 …