NBA: Miami Heat roll over bickering Chicago Bulls, 100-88
Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists to lead the Miami Heat to their sixth straight win Friday night, a 100-88 victory over the bickering Chicago Bulls.
Dwyane Wade had 15 points to lead the Bulls, who began the day with a team meeting. Wade and Jimmy Butler started the controversy when they questioned the desire of the team’s younger players following a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Rajon Rondo fired back a day later, criticizing Wade and Butler in an Instagram post.
All three players were fined, and Wade and Butler were held out of the starting lineup as punishment. Butler finished with three points on one-for-13 shooting.
Houston 123, at Philadelphia 118: James Harden scored 51 points and added 13 rebounds and 13 assists in the victory over the hot 76ers and Joel Embiid, who had 32 points and seven rebounds. Harden scored 19 of his points in the third quarter.
at New Orleans 119, San Antonio 103: Jrue Holiday scored 23 points, Anthony Davis had 16 points and tied a career high with 22 rebounds, and the Pelicans snapped the Spurs’ five-game winning streak.
at Cleveland 124, Brooklyn 116: LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 28 and the Cavaliers ended a three-game losing streak.
at Boston 128, Orlando 98: Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and eight assists in just three quarters, extending his streak of scoring at least 20 points to 30 straight games as the Celtics set a season high in scoring.
at Toronto 102, Milwaukee 86:Kyle Lowry had 32 points, Norman Powell added 19 and the Raptors ended their longest losing streak of the season at five games.
at New York 110, Charlotte 107: Carmelo Anthony shook off some boos and an eight-for-26 shooting night to score 18 points in the Knicks’ win.
at Indiana 115, Sacramento 111 (OT):Paul George scored 12 of Indiana’s last 16 points and finished with 33 and the Pacers overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit.
Washington 112, at Atlanta 86:Otto Porter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall scored 19 and the Wizards moved within a half-game of the Southeast Division lead.