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Celtics fall with Stevens visiting ill former player

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler works against the Celtics’ Jae Crowder on the way to a game-high 19 points.

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Bulls guard Jimmy Butler works against the Celtics’ Jae Crowder on the way to a game-high 19 points.

CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 19 and Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Celtics 101-92 on Thursday.

Boston coach Brad Stevens left the team and went to Indiana to visit Andrew Smith, a center who played in Butler's two national championship game appearances when Stevens coached there. Smith, 25, has non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A bone-marrow transplant was scheduled Thursday.

Assistant Jay Larranaga filled in for Stevens. His dad, University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, gave him this advice: "Don't talk to the refs.''

Derrick Rose added 18 points as Chicago won its sixth straight.

ALL-STAR UPDATE: In a second round of voting results for the All-Star Game released Thursday, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant continues to lead all vote-getters by a large margin. Bryant, 37, who is retiring after the season, has 1,262,118 votes, leading runner-up Stephen Curry of the Warriors — the reigning league MVP and last year's top vote-getter — by more than 330,000 votes. Bryant leads the combined totals of the next two most popular selections: Cavaliers forward LeBron James (636,388, best among Eastern Conference players) and Thunder forward Kevin Durant (616,096). Warriors forward Draymond Green moved into third for the Western Conference frontcourt, putting him in position to start. Green is about 1,300 votes ahead of Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The NBA suspended Rockets guard Ty Lawson for three games without pay for a July drunken-driving case in Los Angeles. Last month, Lawson was suspended for two games without pay for a drunken-driving case in Colorado last January. He pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation, and faces up to 180 days in jail at his Jan. 14 sentencing.

Bulls 101, Celtics 92

BOSTON (92): Crowder 6-17 4-7 17, Johnson 6-8 0-0 12, Olynyk 6-14 2-2 16, Thomas 5-17 4-5 14, Turner 4-12 2-2 10, Smart 3-11 2-2 10, Sullinger 5-13 3-4 13, Young 0-1 0-0 0, Zeller 0-2 0-0 0, Jerebko 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-98 17-22 92.

CHICAGO (101): Gibson 5-9 0-0 10, Mirotic 3-10 3-4 11, Gasol 8-19 1-2 17, Rose 9-16 0-0 18, Butler 5-14 8-9 19, Snell 3-6 2-2 10, Portis 2-9 0-0 4, Hinrich 1-3 0-0 3, McDermott 3-8 0-0 9. Totals 39-94 14-17 101.

Boston 27 20 16 29— 92

Chicago 21 27 26 27— 101

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-25 (Olynyk 2-5, Smart 2-6, Crowder 1-4, Young 0-1, Turner 0-2, Sullinger 0-3, Thomas 0-4), Chicago 9-22 (McDermott 3-4, Snell 2-3, Mirotic 2-7, Hinrich 1-2, Butler 1-3, Rose 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Portis 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 58 (Sullinger 11), Chicago 68 (Gasol 18). AssistsBoston 17 (Turner 6), Chicago 23 (Butler 10). Total FoulsBoston 19, Chicago 18. TechnicalsRose, Chicago defensive three second. A21,497 (20,917).

Hawks 126, 76ers 98

ATLANTA (126): Bazemore 8-15 3-3 22, Millsap 7-11 4-4 18, Horford 7-12 3-3 18, Teague 3-7 0-0 7, Korver 2-5 0-0 5, Sefolosha 3-4 0-1 6, Splitter 1-4 2-2 4, Schroder 5-8 2-2 14, Scott 5-11 0-2 11, Hardaway Jr. 3-5 0-0 8, Holiday 0-2 1-2 1, Muscala 2-3 0-0 4, Mack 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 49-92 15-19 126.

PHILADELPHIA (98): Sampson 0-4 4-6 4, Noel 4-8 1-2 9, Okafor 9-16 3-4 21, Smith 6-10 0-0 12, Stauskas 3-7 1-2 9, Holmes 2-5 0-0 4, Thompson 4-7 0-0 9, Grant 4-7 3-6 11, McConnell 0-1 0-0 0, Canaan 1-4 3-4 5, Covington 3-9 0-0 8, Landry 3-5 0-1 6, Marshall 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 39-86 15-25 98.

Atlanta 22 39 36 29— 126

Philadelphia 21 23 32 22— 98

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 13-31 (Bazemore 3-8, Hardaway Jr. 2-2, Mack 2-3, Schroder 2-3, Teague 1-1, Horford 1-2, Korver 1-3, Scott 1-5, Sefolosha 0-1, Millsap 0-1, Holiday 0-2), Philadelphia 5-18 (Stauskas 2-4, Covington 2-5, Thompson 1-3, Holmes 0-1, Grant 0-1, Sampson 0-1, Canaan 0-3). ReboundsAtlanta 53 (Horford 9), Philadelphia 51 (Noel 13). AssistsAtlanta 36 (Schroder 6), Philadelphia 21 (Smith 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 23, Philadelphia 17. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second 2. A12,611 (20,318).

Rockets 103, Jazz 94

UTAH (94): Hayward 6-13 2-4 15, Lyles 4-11 1-4 9, Withey 3-4 2-2 8, Neto 2-3 0-0 5, Hood 2-7 5-5 10, Gobert 3-4 0-0 6, Booker 6-9 0-0 12, Burke 4-12 1-2 10, Johnson 5-8 0-0 11, Ingles 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 38-78 11-17 94.

HOUSTON (103): Ariza 2-10 0-0 6, Jones 6-10 2-2 14, Capela 2-6 3-6 7, Beverley 4-4 0-0 9, Harden 13-25 7-10 33, Harrell 1-1 3-4 5, Terry 5-8 0-0 12, Brewer 2-2 0-0 5, Thornton 4-9 3-4 12. Totals 39-75 18-26 103.

Utah 25 19 22 28— 94

Houston 22 17 33 31— 103

3-Point GoalsUtah 7-28 (Ingles 2-6, Johnson 1-2, Neto 1-2, Burke 1-4, Hood 1-6, Hayward 1-7, Lyles 0-1), Houston 7-23 (Terry 2-3, Ariza 2-6, Brewer 1-1, Beverley 1-1, Thornton 1-4, Jones 0-1, Harden 0-7). Fouled OutJohnson. ReboundsUtah 41 (Booker, Lyles 9), Houston 49 (Capela 10). AssistsUtah 25 (Neto 7), Houston 15 (Beverley 4). Total FoulsUtah 17, Houston 16. A18,155 (18,023).

Celtics fall with Stevens visiting ill former player 01/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 11:24pm]
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