Pau Gasol leads Bulls to overtime win against Celtics, 109-104

Pau Gasol leads Bulls to overtime win against Celtics, 109-104
Bulls center Pau Gasol drives against Celtics center Tyler Zeller in the first half Saturday night. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Former Laker Pau Gasol had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Chicago Bulls, 109-104, overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Aaron Brooks added 19 points for the Bulls, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose had 12 points apiece.

Evan Turner scored 24 of his 29 points after halftime, but Boston dropped to 2-6 since trading Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Dec. 18. Avery Bradley had 17 points for the Celtics.

The Bulls were without starters Jimmy Butler (bereavement leave) and Mike Dunleavy (right ankle). Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points in his first start, and Kirk Hinrich replaced Butler for the Bulls' ninth different starting lineup of the season.

The Celtics were coming off a 119-101 loss to Rondo and the Mavericks on Friday night. Jared Sullinger scored 16 points in Boston's fourth consecutive road loss.

Charlotte 98, at Orlando 90: Kemba Walker scored 30 points as the Hornets stopped a five-game losing streak. The Magic shot 38% (33 for 87) from the field, including a four-for-19 night from three-point range.

at Houston 115, Miami 79: The Rockets, coming off a game in which Coach Kevin McHale called them "terrible," used a 19-point second quarter from Dwight Howard to build a double-digit lead against the Heat, and then put together a big run in the third before coasting to their biggest win of the season.

Utah 101, at Minnesota 89: Trey Burke of the Jazz scored a season-high 28 points after a horrendous outing against Atlanta the night before. The Timberwolves shot just 39.5% and missed 10 of their first 11 three-pointers. They have won just once in their last 18 games.

at San Antonio 101, Washington 92: Cory Joseph had 19 points and the Spurs overcame the Wizards' fast start to beat them for the 17th straight time. With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard injured and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili struggling, the Spurs turned to role players for the win.

at Denver 114, Memphis 85: Ty Lawson scored 25 points and rookie Jusuf Nurkic provided a lift inside by blocking a career-best five shots for the Nuggets. Denver kept up its mastery of the Grizzlies at home, improving to 32-5 all-time.

Atlanta 115, at Portland 107: Paul Millsap had 27 points and Thabo Sefolosha had 13 off the bench for the Hawks, who went on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points for the Trail Blazers.