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NBA ROUNDUP: Bulls move above .500

by The Associated Press on January 23, 2014 10:00 AM

D.J. Augustin scored 27 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich, and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng with a 98-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Augustin and Mike Dunleavy hit 3-pointers down the stretch to pace the Bulls, who at 21-20 moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 22.

Deng went just 2 of 11 from the field in his first game against Chicago. The Bulls dealt the two-time All-Star forward to Cleveland on Jan. 6 for future draft picks.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 to lead Cleveland.


THUNDER 111, SPURS 105: Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker’s season-high 37, and the Thunder survived a testy victory over the Spurs for their third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.

Reggie Jackson had 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Oklahoma City (33-10), which reclaimed the West’s best record.


SUNS 124, PACERS 100: Gerald Green scored 23 points against his former team, leading six Phoenix players in double figures, and the Suns snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak by handing the Pacers their most one-sided loss of the season.

Indiana, owner of the NBA’s best record (33-8), gave up the most points it has all season.


HAWKS 112, MAGIC 109: Paul Millsap had 24 points, Jeff Teague added 23 and the Hawks hung on to beat the Magic.

Atlanta opened a 19-point lead in the third quarter, but lost it in the fourth before coming back to hit six free throws in the final 40 seconds for the win. The Magic have lost 12 of 13.


RAPTORS 93, MAVERICKS 85: DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 40 points, Greivis Vasquez had 17 and the Raptors snapped a two-game skid by beating the Mavericks.

Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who overcame a 21-point, first-quarter deficit.


BOBCATS 95, CLIPPERS 91: Al Jefferson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to their first win over the Clippers in their last seven tries. The Bobcats won for the third time in their last four home games.

Blake Griffin finished with 27 points for the Clippers.


CELTICS 113, WIZARDS 111, OT: Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Celtics broke a 10-game road losing streak with a win over the Wizards.

Jeff Green scored a season-high 39 points for Boston. John Wall had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double for the Wizards, who haven’t won a game to move above .500 since Halloween 2009.


76ERS 110, KNICKS 106: Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the 76ers to a victory over New York that snapped a three-game skid and sent the Knicks to a fifth straight loss. The 76ers won for just the second time in nine games.

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points for the Knicks.


ROCKETS 119, KINGS 98: Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 50 points in just three quarters to help the Rockets cruise to their third straight win.

Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Harden added 24 points with nine assists before the pair went to the bench for the fourth quarter.


BUCKS 104, PISTONS 101: Caron Butler scored 30 points and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter for a victory over Detroit that snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Brandon Knight added 16 points against the team that traded him in the offseason.

Brandon Jennings, who finished with 30 points for the Pistons.

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