NBA ROUNDUP: Bulls hand Pacers first loss
Luol Deng scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 20 points, and Chicago knocked off the NBA’s last unbeaten team with a 110-94 win over Indiana on Saturday night.
Taj Gibson had 15 points and eight rebounds for Chicago, which won its fourth straight game behind 11-for-19 shooting from 3-point range.
Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George, who averaged 24.6 points per game coming in, was held to 12.
Indiana was the NBA’s first 9-0 team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks, who won 14 games to start the season.
HEAT 97, BOBCATS 81: LeBron James scored 30 points to help Miami beat Charlotte for the 13th straight time.
With Mario Chalmers suspended, Chris Bosh limited due to foul trouble, Ray Allen out with the flu and Dwyane Wade a non-factor, James came up big for the Heat. The four-time MVP was 13 of 18 from the field and had seven assists in his eighth 20-point game this season.
Kemba Walker had 22 points to lead the Bobcats.
ROCKETS 122, NUGGETS 111: Dwight Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2ﾽ-minute stretch, to lead Houston past Denver.
Chandler Parsons added 20 points and James Harden had 17 for the Rockets.
Ty Lawson had 28 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead Denver.
MAVERICKS 108, MAGIC 100: Monta Ellis had 19 points and eight assists to help Dallas win at Orlando for the eighth straight time.
Dirk Nowitzki and DeJuan Blair added 18 apiece for the Mavericks.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 25 points.
HAWKS 110, KNICKS 90: Jeff Teague scored 16 points to lead eight players in double figures, and Atlanta sent New York to a fifth straight home loss.
Paul Millsap, back in the starting lineup, had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Hawks shot 56 percent and won for the fourth time in five games.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 12 rebounds for New York.
CAVALIERS 103, WIZARDS 96, OT: Kyrie Irving scored nine of his 41 points in overtime to help Cleveland snap a three-game skid.
John Beal scored 28 points for Washington, Nene added 24 points and seven rebounds, and John Wall had nine points and 12 assists.
TIMBERWOLVES 106, CELTICS 88: Kevin Love had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 12 boards to lead Minnesota past Boston.
Kevin Martin scored 20 on 6-for-18 shooting, and the Celtics has 22 turnovers that led to 28 points for the Timberwolves.
Avery Bradley scored 27 points for Boston.
PELICANS 135, 76ERS 98: Anthony Davis had 13 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight blocks in less than three quarters, helping New Orleans emphatically snap a three-game skid by beating Philadelphia.
Ryan Anderson scored 26 points— hitting six 3-pointers — in his return from a broken toe that sidelined him for New Orleans’ first nine games. Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 19 points.
THUNDER 92, BUCKS 79: Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and Kevin Durant added 24 as Oklahoma City snapped a two-game skid by beating Milwaukee.
Serge Ibaka had 15 points and equaled a career high with 20 rebounds.
O.J. Mayo scored 22 points for the Bucks, losers of five straight who continue to play short-handed because of injuries.