Bulls send Heat to third consecutive loss, 95-88 in overtime

CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat, 95-88, in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, but with James struggling again, the Heat dropped their third in a row to match their longest losing streak of the season.

James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting and couldn’t come through after Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch. With a chance to win it at the end of regulation, he got stripped by Butler on a layup attempt.

In overtime, it was all Bulls.


Chicago outscored Miami 9-2, starting with Augustin’s three-pointer just under a minute into the extra period. Butler added a jumper from the wing, Noah scored on a putback and Butler added two free throws to make it 95-86 with 1:33 left before James made a layup.

Noah also had seven assists and five blocks with his dad — tennis great Yannick Noah — looking on.

Butler added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Wade tried to carry the load for Miami, particularly in the early going. Chris Bosh scored 15, but James had another rough afternoon. The four-time MVP is 23 for 59 in the three games since his career-high and franchise-record 61-point effort against Charlotte last week.


James also played from the start without a mask to protect his broken nose, after ditching it during the previous game. He said it was simply uncomfortable, so he decided to play without it even though he was not cleared to do so.

at Houston 118, Portland 113, OT: James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and the Rockets rallied to beat the Trail Blazers for their fifth consecutive victory. The Trail Blazers led by three points in overtime after two free throws by Wesley Matthews. Then the Rockets took over, using an 8-2 run with a three-pointer from Harden and four points from Lin to make it 116-113 with 35.4 seconds left. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 28 points and 12 rebounds but scored only two in OT.

at Dallas 105, Indiana 94: Monta Ellis and Devin Harris had 20 points apiece and the Mavericks extended the Pacers’ season-worst losing streak to four games. Paul George scored 27 for the Pacers, who stayed 11/2 games up on Miami for the Eastern Conference lead.

at Golden State 113, Phoenix 107: David Lee scored 26 points, Stephen Curry had 18 points and nine assists despite a strained quadriceps, and the Warriors withstood the Suns’ fourth-quarter charge to win their fourth straight.

at New Orleans 111, Denver 107 (OT): Anthony Davis tied his career high with 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots, and the Pelicans erased a 16-point deficit to win their third in a row.

Toronto 111, at Minnesota 104: Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, his fourth career triple-double, and DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for the Raptors.

at Brooklyn 104, Sacramento 89: Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team, and Joe Johnson had 18 points to help the Nets overcome Paul Pierce’s shoulder injury and beat the Kings.

at Boston 118, Detroit 111: Rajon Rondo had 11 points and a season-high 18 assists, Jeff Green scored 27 points and the Celtics produced their second-highest scoring output of the season.


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