Rout stops Bulls’ slump
Chicago romps past Detroit to end three-game slide.
CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler scored 19 points, Rajon Rondo had 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons, 113-82, on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Taj Gibson added 16 points, Robin Lopez had 14 and Dwyane Wade, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic had 13 apiece for Chicago, which had lost six of eight.
Jon Leuer scored 16 points for the Pistons, who have dropped three straight and four of five.
After scoring just 69 points in a 26-point loss on Friday, the Bulls busted out for 69 points in the first two quarters, their best for any half this season.
Chicago, which entered tied for sixth-worst in the NBA with a .436 field-goal percentage, made 17 of 21 shots (81 percent) in taking a 35-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulls had 15 assists on their 17 first-half field goals, with Rondo (seven) and Butler (six) leading the way.
The Bulls still were shooting a blistering 72.7 percent at halftime — they led, 69-34, — and even managed to knock down 4 of 6 3-pointers, which had been a problem during their recent struggles.
The lead was 97-63 entering the fourth quarter, and the Pistons offered little resistance from there. None of the Chicago starters played in the fourth.
Timberwolves 115, Suns 108 At Minneapolis, Karl Anthony Towns had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and Minnesota beat Phoenix.
Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists and Minnesota picked up its first win at home since Nov. 17.
Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points for the Suns, who have lost three straight and four out of five. Brandon Knight had 21 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 18 on 6-for-15 shooting for Phoenix.
The Suns came into the game second in the league in pace, second in fast-break points and third in points off turnovers. And the Wolves are the first team in history to have three 21-year-olds averaging at least 20 points per game.
Pacers 107, Wizards 105 At Indianapolis, Thaddeus Young made a runner with 0.9 seconds left to give Indiana a victory over Washington.
Paul George scored 27 points and Jeff Teague had 23, but the Pacers needed the last of Young’s 12 points after the Wizards scored seven straight to tie it.
With 4.6 seconds remaining, Young took the inbound pass at the top of the key, squared up his defender, Markieff Morris, then drove and put up his runner from the left side.
Bradley Beal missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 22 points.
Marcin Gortat finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, John Wall added 19 points and 10 assists, and Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Hawks 110, Thunder 108 At Oklahoma City, Paul Millsap hit the go-ahead 10-footer with 12.7 seconds left, and Atlanta overcame Russell Westbrook’s 46 points to beat the Thunder.
After Millsap’s shot, Thunder center Steven Adams rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Westbrook and dunked it, but a review determined that the basket came just after time expired.
Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer with more than 30 points per game, also had 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Dennis Schroder scored 31 points and Millsap added a season-high 30 for the Hawks, who won despite center Dwight Howard missing the game with tightness in his lower back.
Jerami Grant scored a season-high 15 points, and Andre Roberson matched a season high with 14 points for the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook of the Thunder goes up for a shot ahead of the Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha during the second quarter Monday. The Hawks won, 110-108, despite Westbrook scoring 46 points.