But­ler, Wade lead Bulls to 111-105 win over Cava­liers

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Jimmy But­ler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the slump­ing Cleve­land Cava­liers 111-105 on Fri­day night. Taj Gib­son added a sea­son-high 23 points and 11 re­bounds for Chicago. Ra­jon Rondo had 15 points, 12 as­sists and 11 re­bounds as the bal­anced Bulls handed the Cava­liers their third straight loss. James showed up in a Cubs uni­form to honor a World Se­ries bet with his buddy Wade, then scored 27 points. Kyrie Irv­ing added 20 points and eight as­sists, but the Cava­liers matched their long­est los­ing streak in a year. Chicago dom­i­nated Cleve­land 78-60 in the paint and came out on top de­spite hit­ting shoot­ing 3 of 18 on 3-pointers. The Bulls used a strong third quar­ter to turn a one-point half­time deficit into an 88-80 lead. And they with­stood sev­eral pushes in the fourth to knock off the de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons.


Carmelo An­thony scored 29 points, Der­rick Rose had 24 and Kyle O’Quinn added 20 points and 13 re­bounds as the Knicks de­feated the Tim­ber­wolves. Zach LaVine scored 24 points and Karl-An­thony Towns had 20 for the Tim­ber­wolves. De­spite trail­ing 98-88 af­ter three quar­ters, the Tim­ber­wolves went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth, aided by five Knick turnovers in the first four min­utes, and took their first lead of the game, 102-101, on LaVine’s dunk with 6:33 re­main­ing. O’Quinn got the Knicks’ lead back with con­sec­u­tive bas­kets, and af­ter Min­nesota got within one, Rose scored the next five points to give New York a 110-104 lead. An­drew Wig­gins con­verted a layup with 2:11 left, but An­thony an­swered with a dunk off of a full court pass from O’Quinn to make the score 112-106. Rose made two free throws with 31 sec­onds left for a 114-106 lead and the Tim­ber­wolves got no closer than four the rest of the way.


James Har­den scored 20 points and the Rock­ets led from start to fin­ish in beat­ing the Nuggets. Eric Gor­don and Ryan An­der­son had 18 points each and Sam Dekkar added 17 points for Hous­ton, which com­pleted an im­pres­sive road back-to-back sweep that be­gan with its 132-127 win over Golden State in dou­ble over­time on Thurs­day. Wil­son Chandler had 24 points to lead the Nuggets, who saw their three-game win­ning streak against the Rock­ets come to an end. The Nuggets have lost four of their last five and fell to 3-7 this sea­son at home, the high-al­ti­tude venue they once rou­tinely dom­i­nated. Up by 10 points at half­time, the Rock­ets took a 99-84 lead into the fourth quar­ter and kept the pres­sure on the rest of the way as part of a sharp­shoot­ing dis­play that in­cluded con­vert­ing 17 of 37 3-point at­tempts against a list­less Nuggets de­fense. Den­ver made 9 of 30 from be­yond the arc.


Al Hor­ford scored 26 points and blocked six shots, Isa­iah Thomas scored 14 of his 20 points in the sec­ond half and the Celtics held off the Kings. Jae Crow­der added 24 points and Avery Bradley had 15 points and nine as­sists for Bos­ton, which needed a 10-0 run in the fourth quar­ter to pull away and fin­ish off the Kings. Sacra­mento out­re­bounded Bos­ton 51-44, but hurt it­self in the fi­nal pe­riod with turnovers, missed shots and a tech­ni­cal foul called on Matt Barnes as Bos­ton surged ahead. DeMar­cus Cousins led Sacra­mento with 28 points and nine re­bounds. The Kings were play­ing for the first time since Mon­day. Sacra­mento’s six-game road trip was in­ter­rupted when Wed­nes­day’s game at Philadel­phia was post­poned be­cause of con­den­sa­tion on the floor. Toronto NY Knicks Brook­lyn Philadel­phia

Cleve­land Mil­wau­kee Detroit In­di­ana

Char­lotte Or­lando Mi­ami Wash­ing­ton

MAGIC 104, 76ERS 88

Aaron Gor­don scored a sea­son-high 20 points, Nikola Vu­ve­vic had 12 points, 11 re­bounds and five as­sists and the Magic cruised by the 76ers in a matchup of slump­ing East­ern Con­fer­ence teams. Serge Ibaka, Evan Fournier and Jeff Green all added 16 points for the Magic (8-12), who had lost five of six com­ing in. Bis­mack Biy­ombo had 13 re­bounds. The Six­ers (4-15) lost their fifth straight de­spite 25 points and 10 re­bounds from rookie Joel Em­biid. It was his fifth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son. Jahlil Okafor, who saw ex­tended ac­tion with Em­biid for the first time this sea­son, also had a dou­ble­dou­ble with 16 points and 13 re­bounds.


Kyle Lowry had 24 points and seven as­sists and the Rap­tors rolled past the Los Angeles Lak­ers for their fifth straight vic­tory. The Toronto point guard tied his sea­son high for 3-pointers, go­ing 6 of 9 from be­yond the arc as the Rap­tors beat the Lak­ers for the fourth straight time with their big­gest win of the sea­son. The 33-point vic­tory sur­passed the 27-point win over Philadel­phia on Oct. 28. DeMar DeRozan and Nor­man Pow­ell both added 16 points for Toronto. Bran­don In­gram had 17 points for the Lak­ers, while their bench, the top scor­ing unit in the NBA, chipped in with Jor­dan Clark­son’s 14 and for­mer Rap­tor Lou Wil­liams’ 13.


Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 23 points, To­bias Har­ris added 18 and the Pis­tons beat the reel­ing Hawks. The Pis­tons, who tied a team 13 11 10 5 4

13 11

9 11


11 10 8 7 6 6 8 9 13 15

5 7 8 10 10

8 10 12 12 12 .684 .579 .526 .278 .211

.722 .611 .529 .524 .474

.579 .500 .400 .368 .333 Bos­ton 2 3 7.5 9

Chicago 2 3.5 3.5 4.5

At­lanta 1.5 3.5 4 4.5 record with 17 3-pointers, have won five of six and are 3-1 on a trip that in­cluded stops at play­off con­tenders Ok­la­homa City, Char­lotte and Bos­ton. An­dre Drum­mond fin­ished with 14 points and 14 re­bounds and Ish Smith had 13 as­sists as seven play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures for Detroit. The Hawks, losers in eight of their last nine games, were 9-2 and tied for the East­ern Con­fer­ence lead af­ter beat­ing Mil­wau­kee on Nov. 16. Now they are one-half game be­hind eighth-place Detroit and headed to play Toronto, the East’s sec­ond-best team. Den­nis Schroder had 17 points and 13 as­sists for At­lanta. Tim Har­d­away Jr. and Mike Mus­cala scored 11 each.


Blake Grif­fin had 27 points and 10 re­bounds, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 as­sists, and the Clip­pers beat the Pel­i­cans. Ja­mal Craw­ford scored 21 points and Luc Mbah a Moute had 15 for Los Angeles, which capped a 10-day, sixgame trip with vic­to­ries on back-to-back nights on the shores of lakes Erie and Pontchar­train, hav­ing de­feated Cleve­land on Thurs­day night. An­thony Davis hurt his right shoul­der but played through it, scor­ing 21 points for New Or­leans.

San An­to­nio Mem­phis New Or­leans Dal­las


Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points, in­clud­ing the win­ning jumper with 6 sec­onds left, and the Spurs over­came an­other slug­gish start at home to beat the Wizards. LaMar­cus Aldridge added 19 points for San An­to­nio, which won its 17th straight home game against Wash­ing­ton. Bradley Beal was 5 for 5 on 3-pointers in scor­ing 23 points for the Wizards. Beal’s fi­nal 3 gave Wash­ing­ton a 103-102 lead with 53 sec­onds re­main­ing. Danny Green’s 3 pointer, his first points of the night, put San An­to­nio ahead 105103 with 19 sec­onds to go. John Wall tied it at 105 with 11.2 sec­onds left on a driv­ing layup against Manu Gi­no­bili be­fore Leonard rose for a 20-foot jumper at the top of the key. Otto Porter Jr. missed a 9-foot run­ner off a Wash­ing­ton in­bounds play that would have tied the game. —AP Ok­la­homa City Port­land Den­ver Min­nesota

Golden State Clip­pers LA Lak­ers Sacra­mento Phoenix 12 11 10 7 5

16 16 10 7 6

16 13 12 7 3 8 9 10 12 14

3 5 11 12 13

4 7 8 13 15 .600 .550 .500 .368 .263

.842 .762 .476 .368 .316

.800 .650 .600 .350 .167 Utah 1 2 4.5 6.5

LA 1 7 9 10

Hous­ton 3 4 9 12

CHICAGO: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls shoots be­tween Chan­ning Frye #8 (L) and Richard Jef­fer­son #24 of the Cleve­land Cava­liers at the United Cen­ter on Fri­day in Chicago, Illi­nois. — AFP

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