ALDRIDGE SCORES SEA­SON-HIGH 33 TO HOLD OFF BULLS

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san an­to­nio» LaMar­cus Aldridge had a sea­son-high 33 points and the Spurs held on to beat the Bulls 119-100 on Sun­day af­ter nearly blow­ing a hot start.

“When a player goes off like LaMar­cus did to­day, it opens things up,” Spurs cen­ter Pau Ga­sol said.

Kawhi Leonard added 25 points, 10 re­bounds and four as­sists. Tony Parker had 13 points and eight as­sists.

Chicago ral­lied from a 20-point deficit to lead by three points mid­way through the third quar­ter but could not sus­tain the push, tak­ing its third straight loss.

Parker had nine points in the fi­nal quar­ter, while San An­to­nio im­proved to 9-4 at home af­ter los­ing three of its first four at the AT&T Cen­ter.

Dwyane Wade led the Bulls with 24 points, in­clud­ing 10 in the fi­nal quar­ter. Jimmy But­ler added 19 points, and every Chicago starter ex­cept Ra­jon Rondo scored in dou­ble fig­ures. Rondo was held to six points and two as­sists in 30 min­utes.

SUN­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Isa­iah Thomas scored 27 points, Mar­cus Smart made a tiebreak­ing 3-pointer with 47 sec­onds left af­ter Bos­ton blew a late lead, and the Celtics beat the Knicks 119-114. The Knicks wiped out a late nine-point deficit with an out-of-nowhere 11-2 run in a lit­tle more than a minute, but Smart an­swered with his shot and Avery Bradley and Al Hor­ford made big de­fen­sive plays af­ter­ward. Jae Crow­der and Kelly Olynyk each had 16 points for the Celtics, who won for the fifth time in six games. Carmelo An­thony scored 29 points and Der­rick Rose had 25 for the Knicks, who fell to 22-29 in their NBArecord 51 Christ­mas ap­pear­ances. … Russell West­brook had 31 points and 15 as­sists to help the Thun­der beat the Tim­ber­wolves 112-100. West­brook had 10 as­sists in the se­cond half to help Ok­la­homa City take con­trol, al­though he fell short of be­com­ing the first Thun­der player to score at least 40 points in four straight games. Steven Adams scored 22 points and Enes Kan­ter added 20 points for the Thun­der, which shot 51.2 per­cent while win­ning its third straight. Karl-An­thony Towns scored 26 points and An­drew Wig­gins had 23 points for the Tim­ber­wolves. Min­nesota had won three of five, in­clud­ing wins at Chicago and At­lanta.

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