Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and the Chicago Bulls beat Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats 105-75 Friday night.
With Jordan looking on from the end of the Bobcats' bench, the Bulls jumped out to a 38-19 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back.
The Bulls had failed to score 100 points in their previous six games and were held to 67 by Miami on Thursday night, but found their groove against the NBA-worst Bobcats.
Carlos Boozer had 10 points and 10 rebounds as eight Bulls finished in double figures.
Kemba Walker had 27 points to lead Charlotte, which shot 33 percent from the field. It was the 10th time this season the Bobcats lost by 20 or more points.
RAPTORS 100, KNICKS 98: Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and host Toronto handed slumping New York its season-worst fourth straight loss.
Kyle Lowry scored 15, Amir Johnson had 12 and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games.
Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks, winless since beating Minnesota on Feb. 8.
PACERS 114, PISTONS 82: David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15 and surging Indiana won at home against Detroit.
Indiana has won three straight and 8 of 10.
WIZARDS 119, NUGGETS 113: Host Washington put on one of its best offensive shows, putting seven players in double figures while taking down another contending team.
Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who never trailed but had an 18-point fourth-quarter lead cut to two in the final minute. Bradley Beal had 17 points and a career-high 12 boards.
HAWKS 122, KINGS 108: Al Horford led host Atlanta's balanced scoring with 24 points and the Hawks overcame a slow start to beat Sacramento.
Jeff Teague had 20 points and 12 assists, Josh Smith added 18 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 17 for Atlanta, which put six players in double figures.
ROCKETS 106, NETS 96: James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points, and Houston tied its longest winning streak against any opponent by beating host Brooklyn for the 13th straight time.
Houston blew most of a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delfino hit a big 3-pointer with 1:54 left.
MAVERICKS 104, HORNETS 100: Vince Carter capped a 22-point performance with a 3-pointer that gave Dallas the lead with 6.5 seconds left, and the visiting Mavericks held on for their third straight victory.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for the Mavericks, while Elton Brand added 13 points.
THUNDER 127, TIMBERWOLVES 111: Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and host Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak.
GRIZZLIES 88, MAGIC 82: Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards, and host Memphis won its sixth straight.