CHICAGO — Derrick Rose had 29 points and nine assists, and the Chicago Bulls held off a late rally by the Los Angeles Lakers for an 88-84 win Friday night to match a season best with their fourth straight victory.
The Bulls hit eight 3-pointers, three by Rose, who made the shot a key part of his game during the offseason. Reserve swingman Kyle Korver connected on a trio of 3s and scored 13 points for Chicago, which held a 26-13 edge in bench points.
The 84 points marked a season low for the Lakers. The two-time defending NBA champions were led by Kobe Bryant's 23 points, though he shot just 9 for 23 from the floor.
It was the Bulls' first win over the Lakers in nearly four years.
KNICKS 101, WIZARDS 95: At Washington, Amare Stoudemire had 36 points and 10 rebounds to help overcome his 11 turnovers, and New York beat Washington for its seventh straight victory. With New York uber fan and movie director Spike Lee sitting next to Washington's bench — wearing his Knicks jacket even though he was a guest of Wizards owner Ted Leonsis — Stoudemire posted his seventh straight 30-point game. Willie Naulls is the only other player in franchise history with such a run — and he accomplished it way back in 1962.
HEAT 106, WARRIORS 84: At Oakland, Calif., Dwyane Wade had 34 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, LeBron James added 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Miami won its season-best seventh straight game with a victory over slumping Golden State. Miami also established a franchise best with seven consecutive wins by double digits. The Heat moved into first place in the Southeast Division for the first time all season.
PACERS 100, BOBCATS 92: At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 18 points to help Indiana beat Charlotte. Indiana made 13 of 31 3-pointers while Charlotte was 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.
TIMBERWOLVES 109, PISTONS 99: At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 27 points and 18 rebounds and Darko Milicic blocked a career-high seven shots against the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2003, leading Minnesota over Detroit.
THUNDER 97, HORNETS 92: At New Orleans, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, Kevin Durant scored 25 points. Westbrook scored 16 points in the second half, including an 18-foot jumper as he was fouled by Chris Paul to give the Thunder a 93-87 lead with 1:41 to go.1 comment on this story
BUCKS 97, ROCKETS 91: At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut had 24 points, 22 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Milwaukee over Houston as the Bucks finished their homestand 3-1. It was Bogut's fourth 20-20 performance of his career and his best rebounding effort since dislocating his right elbow, breaking his hand and wrist in an eye-averting fall last April.
SPURS 108, HAWKS 92: At San Antonio, Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili scored 18 points apiece, and San Antonio won its fourth straight to keep the NBA's best record.
TRAIL BLAZERS 101, SUNS 94: At Phoenix, Marcus Camby had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Brandon Roy added 26 points and Portland beat Phoenix for its fourth straight win. The Blazers, one of the worst shooting teams, shot 64 percent in the first half and led by as many as 17 to win their third straight over Phoenix.