Derrick Rose came up big down the stretch to score 29 points and Jimmy Butler added 26 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-98 victory over Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Oklahoma City tied it with just over five minutes left in the game. But Rose’s performance down the stretch helped offset Durant’s 33 points and lifted the Bulls after they got blown out at Charlotte two nights earlier.
Chicago was clinging to a 98-96 lead when Rose hit consecutive jumpers to make it a six-point game with just over a minute left.
Pau Gasol nailed a sweeping hook with 38.4 seconds left, sealing the win for the Bulls.
Miami 96, at Minnesota 84: Dwyane Wade showed no ill effects from a migraine headache, scoring 25 points to lead the Heat. Shabazz Muhammad had 14 points and six rebounds on a brutal shooting night for the Timberwolves, who shot just 35% from the field.
Charlotte 108, at Dallas 94: Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points on 15-of-18 shooting and Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Hornets pulled away in the third quarter. The victory was the first in Dallas following 11 defeats for the franchise that began as the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004-05.
Utah 96, at Denver 84: Gordon Hayward scored 20 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and the Jazz pulled away late.
at Portland 115, Memphis 96: Damian Lilliard scored 27 points, including 14 in the third quarter, in the second game of a back-to-back for the Trail Blazers. C.J. McCollum added 20 points and a career-high five assists.