Bulls send Spurs to first road loss of the sea­son

DeRozan, Lowry spoil Wig­gins’ home­com­ing party

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Dwyane Wade scored 20 points, and the Chicago Bulls handed San An­to­nio its first road loss af­ter a 13-0 start, hang­ing on to beat the Spurs 95-91 on Thurs­day night. San An­to­nio fell one win shy of match­ing the NBA’s best road start set by the Golden State War­riors last sea­son. The Spurs cut an 18-point deficit mid­way through the third quar­ter to four in the clos­ing min­utes, only to come up short. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 for San An­to­nio. Patty Mills added 16 points, hit­ting 4 of 6 3-point­ers. For­mer Bull Pau Ga­sol had 13 points and 10 re­bounds in his first game in Chicago since sign­ing with San An­to­nio in the sum­mer, but the Spurs lost a road game for the first time since Ok­la­homa City knocked them out in the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals last sea­son. Jimmy But­ler scored all of his 13 points for Chicago in the sec­ond half. Ra­jon Rondo added 12 points, nine as­sists and 10 re­bounds, and Chicago picked up the win af­ter drop­ping three in a row and six of nine. The Spurs hadn’t dropped a reg­u­lar-sea­son road game since Den­ver beat them on April 8.


Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Golden State con­trolled Utah from start to fin­ish. Curry had 14 points dur­ing a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz’s only lead of the game was 4-2. Kevin Du­rant added 21 points and 11 re­bounds for Golden State. Jazz cen­ter Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 17 re­bounds, Joe In­gles scored a ca­reer-high 21 points, and Shelvin Mack added a sea­son­high 19.

76ERS 99, PEL­I­CANS 88

Er­san Ilyasova scored 23 points, Ser­gio Ro­driguez added 16, and Philadelphia snapped a fran­chise record-ty­ing 23-game road los­ing streak, beat­ing New Or­leans. The Pel­i­cans be­came the first team to lose at home to the Six­ers since last sea­son when Or­lando fell to Philadelphia on Jan 20. Joel Em­biid had 14 points, four blockes and three steals. Nik Stauskas also scored 14 points. Anthony Davis had 26 points and 11 re­bounds, and Langston Gal­loway added 19 points for New Or­leans. The Pel­i­cans la­bored through shooting droughts and made only 12 of 40 shots dur­ing the sec­ond half.


DeMar DeRozan had 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 25 and the Rap­tors handed Min­nesota its 13th straight loss in Toronto. Lowry was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 11 as­sists, and Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 20 points and 10 re­bounds for his team-lead­ing sixth double-double of the sea­son. Zach Lavine scored 29 points for the Tim­ber­wolves, and Toronto-area na­tive An­drew Wig­gins had 25. Cen­ter Karl-Anthony Towns added 17 points and 11 re­bounds. The Tim­ber­wolves last won at the Air Canada Cen­tre on Jan. 21, 2004.


Marc Ga­sol scored 36 points and Toney Dou­glas made two free throws with less than a sec­ond left to lift Mem­phis past Port­land. Dou­glas had 11 points, scor­ing the game’s fi­nal six points to seal Mem­phis’ fifth straight vic­tory. CJ McCol­lum led the Trail Blaz­ers with 24 points, and Damian Lil­lard had 19 on 6-of-18 shooting. Evan Turner had 15 points and 10 re­bounds.


Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Wash­ing­ton over­came a slug­gish start in front of a sparse, silent crowd and with a mal­func­tion­ing score­board. John Wall scored only 15 points one game af­ter a ca­reer-best 52, but nine came in the fourth quar­ter for Wash­ing­ton. The Wizards trailed by as many as 14 in the first half. Nikola Jo­kic had 17 points for Den­ver. —AP

TORONTO: Toronto Rap­tors guard Kyle Lowry (7) makes a play in front of Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves guard Ricky Ru­bio (9) dur­ing the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Thurs­day, Dec 8, 2016. —AP

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