BUTLER, WADE LIFT BULLS OVER CAVALIERS 111-105
chicago» Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Bulls beat LeBron James and the slumping Cavaliers 111105 on Friday night.
Taj Gibson added a seasonhigh 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 Chicago 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.
Aaron Gordon scored a seasonhigh 20 points, Nikola Vuvevic had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and the Magic cruised past the 76ers 104-88. Serge Ibaka, Evan Fournier and Jeff Green all added 16 points for the Magic. … Kyle Lowry had 24 points and seven assists and the Raptors rolled past the Lakers 113-80. … 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 97-92. … Kentavious CaldwellPope scored 23 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and the Pistons beat the reeling Hawks 121-85. … 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 118-114. … Blake Griffin had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists, and the Clippers beat the Pelicans 114-96. … Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to help the Spurs beat the Wizards 107-105.
Nets ink free agent to offer sheet. The Nets signed restricted freeagent forward Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year offer sheet worth $37 million, according to NBA sources. The Rockets have three days to match the offer, or Motiejunas can join the Nets. … Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he smoked marijuana for back pain he experienced the past two years. “A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if I would — maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it, and it didn’t help at all. But it was worth it because I’m searching for answers on pain,” Kerr said.