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matched his season high with 40
points and hit a 20-footer at the
buzzer roughly five minutes after
being helped off the court with
an apparent injury Wednesday
night to give the Chicago Bulls
a 101-99 comeback victory over
the Brooklyn Nets.
Butler scored nine points in the fi-
nal 2 1/2 minutes to rally Chicago. He
finished 11 for 11 from the free throw
line and grabbed 11 rebounds as the
Bulls overcame a seven-point deficit
in the final three minutes for their
second consecutive win.
With just more than five minutes
left, Butler came down on the foot of
Brooklyn guard Randy Foye and had
to be helped off the court. Dwyane
Wade had 16 points before leaving
early in the fourth quarter with a
Brook Lopez had 33 points --- in-
cluding a career-high five 3-point-
ers --- as the Nets dropped their 12th
straight road game.
HAWKS 102, KNICKS 98, OT
Dennis Schroder scored 27 points,
Dwight Howard added 16 points and
22 rebounds, and Atlanta took ad-
vantage of Carmelo Anthony's sec-
ond-quarter ejection to beat New
York in overtime.
Derrick Rose finished with 26
points for New York, but the star
point guard fell as he was dribbling
near the Knicks' basket and lost his
footing with 6 seconds left in over-
time and Atlanta leading by one.
Schroder followed with a pair of
free throws to make it 100-97. Kris-
taps Porzingis, who scored 24 points,
was fouled as he shot a 3-pointer on
the ensuing possession, but made
just one of three free throws to end
The Hawks had lost three straight
and six of seven at home. They are
7-14 since beginning the season 9-2.
Atlanta didn't trail again in over-
time after Thabo Sefolosha hit a 3 to
make it 89-88 with 3:54 left.
SPURS 119, SUNS 98
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27
points and San Antonio defeated
Phoenix without leading scorer Ka-
After trailing by as many as 10
points, San Antonio forced seven
turnovers while outscoring Phoenix
30-16 in the final quarter to capture
its sixth straight win at home.
Tony Parker added 20 points and
Pau Gasol had 16 points and 10 re-
bounds for the Spurs, who played
without Leonard for the first time
this season. The 6-foot-7 forward,
who had a stomach virus, was re-
placed in the lineup by Kyle Ander-
TJ Warren led the Suns with 23
WARRIORS 121, RAPTORS 111
Kevin Durant scored 22 points and
matched his season best with 17 re-
bounds as Golden State held off To-
Stephen Curry had 28 points, seven
assists and seven rebounds, and Klay
Thompson scored 21 for the Warriors.
Durant also had seven assists and five
Upset with themselves for blowing
a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter
to lose 109-108 at Cleveland in an
NBA Finals rematch on Christmas,
the Warriors took it out on Toronto
three days later.
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points
and became Toronto's career scoring
leader (10,290), passing Chris Bosh's
10,275 points. But the Raptors had
their franchise-record, seven-game
road winning streak snapped.
Golden State has gone 119 straight
regular-season games without losing
back-to-back contests since April
defeat, going 5-0 this season.
PELICANS 102, CLIPPERS 98
Anthony Davis highlighted a
20-point performance with a soaring,
one-handed, alley-oop dunk during
a pivotal fourth-quarter spurt, and
the suddenly surging New Orleans
Pelicans beat Los Angeles.
Buddy Hield scored 17 points for the
Pelicans, who have won three straight.
Reserve guard Tyreke Evans added a
season-high 12 in his sixth game back
from a right knee injury.
Chris Paul returned from a three-
game absence and scored 21 points
against his old team, but couldn't quite
lift the Clippers out of their funk. Los
Angeles has lost four straight.
Austin Rivers had 22 points for Los
Angeles, and DeAndre Jordan pulled
down 25 rebounds.
HORNETS 120, MAGIC 101
Kemba Walker scored 21 points,
Nicolas Batum had 20 and Charlotte
used a huge third quarter to rout Or-
Jeremy Lamb added 14 points and
Ramon Sessions scored 13 off the
bench as the Hornets won for the
fourth time in five games. Charlotte
shot 54.8 percent, including 10 of 24
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with
21 points and Serge Ibaka had 20, all
in the first half.
Batum nearly had a triple-double
with nine rebounds and eight assists,
but wasn't needed in the fourth quar-
ter when both teams emptied their
benches. Charlotte outscored Orlan-
do 35-13 in the third to break open a
Chicago Bulls forward
Jimmy Butler, left,
reacts after scoring
the game winning
basket against the
Brooklyn Nets on
WIZARDS 111, PACERS 105
BUCKS 119, PISTONS 94
NUGGETS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 103
TRAIL BLAZERS 102, KINGS 89
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