Wade scores 22 as Bulls beat Celtics 105-99

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Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a tri­umphant Chicago de­but, and Jimmy But­ler had 24 as the Bulls won their NBA sea­son opener, beat­ing the Bos­ton Celtics 105-99 on Thurs­day.

Wade nailed a three from the cor­ner in the fi­nal minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gib­son added 18 points and 10 re­bounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a win­ning start af­ter miss­ing the play-offs last sea­son for the first time since 2008.

Isa­iah Thomas led Bos­ton with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crow­der 14 points, but the Celtics came up short af­ter open­ing with a win over Brook­lyn the pre­vi­ous night.

The Bulls re­made their ros­ter in the off­sea­son, trad­ing Der­rick Rose to New York and sign­ing Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 mil­lion.

Wade, a three-time NBA cham­pion and 12-time All-Star, is off to a good start with the Bulls af­ter 13 sea­sons with the Heat. He hit four of six 3-point­ers af­ter mak­ing just seven all of last sea­son.


Else­where, Dwight Howard grabbed 19 re­bounds to go along with 11 points in his At­lanta de­but, and Paul Mill­sap added 28 points as the Hawks beat Wash­ing­ton 114-99.

Tim Har­d­away Jr scored 21 points and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-point­ers in the fourth quar­ter.

The Hawks, who led only 81-80 head­ing to the fi­nal pe­riod, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the fi­nal 12 min­utes.

San An­to­nio spoiled the reg­u­lar sea­son opener at Sacra­mento’s new down­town arena, top­ping the Kings 102-94.

Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, and LaMar­cus Aldridge added 16 points as the Spurs clamped down on de­fense in the sec­ond half and went on a 16-2 run to put the game away.

DeMar­cus Cousins led Sacra­mento with 37 points and 16 re­bounds.

Blake Grif­fin had 27 points and 13 re­bounds to lead the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers to a 114-106 win at Port­land in a con­tentious game that had fans boo­ing the of­fi­cials af­ter two fla­grant fouls on the Trail Blaz­ers in the fourth quar­ter.

Chris Paul also fin­ished with 27 points for the Clip­pers. Damian Lil­lard led the Blaz­ers with 29 points and 10 re­bounds be­fore foul­ing out late.

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. At­lanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard and Paul Mill­sap ex­change high fives, af­ter their team pulled away from the Wash­ing­ton Wizards in the fi­nal min­utes of a 114-99 vic­tory on Thurs­day night.


San An­to­nio Spurs for­ward Kawhi Leonard (right) drives to the bas­ket against Sacra­mento Kings for­ward Rudy Gay in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, on Thurs­day night.

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