Bulls hand Pacers first defeat
CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 20 points and the Chicago Bulls knocked off the NBA’s last unbeaten team with a 110-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Taj Gibson had 15 points and eight rebounds for Chicago, which won its fourth straight game behind 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.
Rose was 6 for 11 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes after missing a game with a sore right hamstring.
Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George, who averaged 24.6 points per game coming in, was held to 12 points.
Indiana was the NBA’s first 9-0 team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks, who won 14 games to start the season.
HEAT 97, BOBCATS 81
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James scored 30 points to help Miami beat Charlotte for the 13th straight time.
With Mario Chalmers suspended, Chris Bosh limited due to foul trouble, Ray Allen out with the flu and Dwyane Wade a non-factor, James came up big for the Heat. The four-time MVP was 13 of 18 from the field and had seven assists in his eighth 20-point game this season.
CLIPPERS 110, NETS 103
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J.J. Redick added 26 points and Los Angeles rallied to beat short-handed Brooklyn to impove to 5-0 at home.
DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds, Chris Paul added 12 points and 13 assists, and Jamal Crawford had seven of his 13 points in the fourth for the Clippers, who kept the Nets winless against them in Los Angeles since Nov. 15, 2010.
The Nets played without injured starters Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams, leaving Joe Johnson as the only regular in the lineup.
ROCKETS 122, NUGGETS 111
HOUSTON — Dwight Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2½-minute stretch, to lead Houston past Denver.
Chandler Parsons added 20 points and James Harden had 17 for the Rockets, who never trailed and led by as many as 23.
The Nuggets tried to get back in it with about 5½ minutes left by using the “Hack-a-Howard” defense, intentionally fouling the center every time Houston had the ball. The plan backfired and Howard, who entered the game shooting 49 percent from the line, finished 17 of 24 on free throws.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Monta Ellis had 19 points and eight assists to help Dallas win at Orlando for the eighth straight time.
Dirk Nowitzki and DeJuan Blair added 18 apiece for the Mavericks.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 25 points and four assists. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and eight rebounds and Jameer Nelson added 15.
Orlando trimmed a 15-point first-half deficit to 91-87 after Vucevic’s layup with 6:58 left in the game.
WARRIORS 102, JAZZ 88
OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Andre Iguodala had 16 points and six rebounds, and Golden State built a big lead before holding off Utah for its third straight victory.
Stephen Curry added 15 points and 11 assists and Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Warriors go ahead by 19 points late in the second quarter. The Jazz came back within seven in the third quarter before Golden State pulled away.
Backup center Jermaine O’Neal left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent right leg injury. He was helped off the floor and did not return.
HAWKS 110, KNICKS 90
NEW YORK — Jeff Teague scored 16 points to lead eight players in double figures, and Atlanta sent New York to a fifth straight home loss.
Paul Millsap, back in the starting lineup, had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Hawks shot 56 percent and won for the fourth time in five games. They avenged the loss during that span, a 95-91 Knicks victory in Atlanta on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — Kyrie Irving scored nine of his 41 points in overtime to help Cleveland snap a three-game skid.
Irving scored seven straight points on three possessions in overtime to give the Cavaliers the lead for good. He later added an 18-foot jumper to match his career high and finish 14 of 28 from the floor and 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 12 boards to lead Minnesota.
Kevin Martin scored 20 on 6-for-18 shooting and Dante Cunningham scored 12 off the bench to help the Timberwolves rebound from a tough loss in Denver the previous night.
Avery Bradley scored 27 points and Vitor Faverani had nine points and 14 rebounds for Boston.
PELICANS 135, 76ERS 98
NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 13 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight blocks in less than three quarters, helping New Orleans emphatically snap a three-game skid.
Ryan Anderson scored 26 points— hitting six 3-pointers — in his return from a broken toe that sidelined him for New Orleans’ first nine games. He scored 14 points in his first 14 minutes, helping the Pelicans build a 30-point lead in the first half.
THUNDER 92, BUCKS 79
MILWAUKEE — Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and Kevin Durant added 24 as Oklahoma City snapped a two-game skid.
The Thunder were coming off back-to-back road losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and equaled a career high with 20 rebounds.
O.J. Mayo scored 22 points for the Bucks.