Pau Gasol had a career-high 46 points to go along with 18 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls bounced back from a pair of ugly losses with a 95-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Gasol was 17 for 30 from the field and 12 for 13 at the line. Kirk Hinrich added 16 points for Chicago, and Jimmy Butler had nine points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the opener of a three-game homestand.
The Bulls were coming off a pair of bad losses to Utah and Washington, when they shot a combined 36% from the field. They weren’t much better against Milwaukee, finishing at 40% (35 for 88), but Gasol’s big performance was enough to hold off the Bucks.
Brandon Knight scored 20 points for Milwaukee, which had won its last five games on the road. Jared Dudley had 15 points, and fellow reserve O.J. Mayo finished with 12.
at Houston 97, Utah 82: James Harden scored 30 points and added five assists to lead the Rockets to their third straight victory with a win over the Jazz. Harden made four of Houston’s 13 three-pointers, including two in the fourth quarter, to maintain a large lead built in a miserable third quarter for Utah. Harden, the league’s leader in points per game, had his 15th 30-point game.
at Philadelphia 93, Indiana 92: Michael Carter-Williams hit a running layup with 9.2 seconds left to lift the 76ers to a victory over the Pacers. Tony Wroten had 20 points to lead Philadelphia, which won its second straight game for just the second time this season and earned its third victory in the last four.
at Toronto 109, Boston 96: Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, James Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Raptors won their fourth straight meeting with the Celtics, snapping a season-high four-game losing streak.
Charlotte 110, at New York 82: Kemba Walker added to the best stretch of his career with 28 more points, and the streaky Hornets extended the Knicks’ losing streak to 15 games. Charlotte won its fifth in a row and did it so easily that Walker played only three quarters. That was still enough for him to surpass 25 points for the fifth straight time.
at Detroit 98, Brooklyn 93: Brandon Jennings scored all 20 of his points in the second half as the Pistons beat the Nets. Detroit, which has won eight of nine since releasing Josh Smith, also got 16 points and 17 rebounds from Greg Monroe and 14 points and nine boards from Andre Drummond.
San Antonio 108, at Minnesota 93: Austin Daye scored a season-high 22 points and had 10 rebounds to help the Spurs hand the Timberwolves their 15th straight loss.
at Portland 103, Orlando 92: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Orlando Magic their sixth consecutive loss, 103-92 on Saturday night. Aldridge hit 10 of 22 shots to help the Blazers (29-8) tie Golden State for most wins in the NBA this season. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Magic (13-27).