Nuggets 121, Magic 111
Wizards 103, Pistons 94
Thunder 127, Knicks 123
Nets 109, Kings 85
Pelicans 120, Raptors 90
Blazers 122, Bucks 107
Bulls 120, Spurs 109
Jazz 135, Rockets 101
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – DeMar DeRozan caught fire late, using a calculated game plan to score a team-high 40 points as the Chicago Bulls seized control in the final quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs, 120-109, on Monday.
The Bulls trailed by six points entering the fourth quarter but then DeRozan busted loose, scoring 11 of his team’s next 13 points to give Chicago the lead.
DeRozan says he tried to remain calm throughout, especially in the third quarter when the Spurs outscored the Bulls 32-24.
DeRozan has scored 30 or more points in seven straight games and established a club record with his sixth straight game of at least 35 points, surpassing Michael Jordan in the 1996-97 season.
Nikola Vucevic added 25 points and 16 rebounds and Coby White scoring 24 points and Ayo Dosunmu hitting for 12 in the win.
Chicago shot 52.3 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Spurs, 58-41.
Lonnie Walker led San Antonio with 21 points off the bench.
Doug McDermott and Dejounte Murray added 19 points each and Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl scored 13 apiece for the Spurs in front of a crowd of 21,100 at the United Center.
In New York, Seth Curry scored 23 points in his debut for Brooklyn as the Nets snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 109-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Curry helped Brooklyn get its first win since beating San Antonio on January 21. He made 10 of 18 shots, including three three-pointers and added seven rebounds and five assists.
Elsewhere, Kyle Kuzma finished with 23 points, including 17 in the third quarter, as the Washington Wizards rolled to a 103-94 point victory over the Detroit Pistons, who lost their eighth straight contest.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16, and Deni Avdija had 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Washington, who have won just two of their last 11.
Saddiq Bey scored a team high 24 points and Jeremi Grant tallied 14 for the Pistons, who dropped to 12-45 on the season.
Pistons’ Cade Cunningham was in foul trouble for much of the game and finished with 12 points. Cunningham leads all NBA rookies in scoring.
The Pistons were held scoreless for more than four minutes late in the fourth quarter. They are now a dismal 4-25 on the road.
Washington, who improved to 26-30 overall, took a 75-74 lead on Ish Smith’s jumper with 2:47 left in the third.
Kuzma scored seven points in the final 80 seconds of the quarter as the Wizards took an 87-78 lead into the fourth.
Wizards Rui Hachimura left the game in the second quarter after spraining his ankle in a collision with Detroit’s Marvin Bagley, who was playing in his first game since the Pistons traded for him.
Also, CJ McCollum scored 23 points as the host New Orleans Pelicans dominated the Toronto Raptors with a 120-90 victory.