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Butler keeps Bulls on a roll

CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler had 32 points and a season-high 10 assists to lead the streaking Bulls to a 117-106 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday night.

Pau Gasol had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Taj Gibson added 11 points and 14 rebounds as Chicago led the entire way in its season-best fifth straight victory. Bulls point guard Derrick Rose returned after missing three straight games with a sore right hamstring. He showed no effects of the injury and took the ball to the basket all night, scoring 16.

The Bulls were 20-for-20 at the free-throw line, with Butler making eight.

Butler was coming off a record-breaking performance Sunday, when he scored 40 of his 42 points in the second half to surpass Michael Jordan's team mark for points in a half. Tuesday night, Butler had 20 points in the first half on 8-of-11 shooting.

Khris Middleton scored 26 for Milwaukee, and Michael Carter-Williams finished with 20 points and 12 assists. Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless sat out with a left ankle injury.

KNICKS HOLD OFF HAWKS: Arron Afflalo and Carmelo Anthony both scored 23, and the visiting Knicks had a 16-point lead dwindle to two but beat the Hawks 107-101. Jose Calderon scored on a drive with 18 seconds left to help hold off undersized Atlanta, which struggled against Knicks 7-footers Robin Lopez and Kristaps Porzingis.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The NBA said the Heat benefited from two officiating mistakes in Monday's overtime win over the Pacers: Chris Bosh should have been called for an illegal screen on Dwyane Wade's tying layup at the regulation buzzer, and that Wade should have been called for a loose-ball foul late in OT. … Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sat out his third straight game against the Warriors. Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell (sore throat) also sat out. Coach Byron Scott said Bryant's shoulder is feeling better and he is optimistic Bryant can play Thursday at Sacramento.

Bulls 117, Bucks 106

MILWAUKEE (106): Antetokounmpo 8-17 2-5 18, Parker 5-12 1-2 11, Monroe 5-18 3-4 13, Carter-Williams 9-14 1-1 20, Middleton 10-21 1-1 26, O'Bryant 3-6 0-0 6, Henson 3-5 0-0 6, Mayo 3-9 0-1 6, Vaughn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-102 8-14 106.

CHICAGO (117): Gibson 5-6 1-1 11, Mirotic 5-10 3-3 14, Gasol 10-14 4-4 26, Rose 8-17 0-0 16, Butler 11-21 8-8 32, Portis 2-4 4-4 8, Hinrich 1-2 0-0 2, Snell 4-7 0-0 8, McDermott 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 46-83 20-20 117.

Milwaukee 28 33 28 17— 106

Chicago 36 31 27 23— 117

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 6-16 (Middleton 5-10, Carter-Williams 1-1, Antetokounmpo 0-2, Mayo 0-3), Chicago 5-19 (Gasol 2-2, Butler 2-5, Mirotic 1-4, Portis 0-1, Snell 0-1, McDermott 0-1, Hinrich 0-1, Rose 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 51 (Monroe 12), Chicago 48 (Gibson 14). AssistsMilwaukee 28 (Carter-Williams 12), Chicago 27 (Butler 10). Total FoulsMilwaukee 19, Chicago 11. A21,686.

Knicks 107, Hawks 101

NEW YORK (107): Anthony 8-22 7-8 23, Porzingis 7-12 3-3 17, Lopez 4-11 1-1 9, Calderon 3-7 0-0 7, Afflalo 9-16 3-4 23, Thomas 3-5 0-0 7, Galloway 3-5 0-0 6, Grant 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 3-6 8-8 15. Totals 40-84 22-24 107.

ATLANTA (101): Bazemore 6-11 0-0 15, Millsap 6-17 5-5 19, Horford 6-13 0-2 13, Teague 5-9 3-3 16, Korver 4-14 2-3 12, Sefolosha 2-5 0-1 5, Tavares 2-3 1-2 5, Schroder 3-8 1-3 7, Scott 2-4 0-0 6, Hardaway Jr. 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 37-87 12-19 101.

New York 29 25 30 23— 107

Atlanta 20 29 22 30— 101

3-Point GoalsNew York 5-18 (Afflalo 2-2, Thomas 1-2, Calderon 1-3, Williams 1-3, Galloway 0-1, Porzingis 0-3, Anthony 0-4), Atlanta 15-39 (Teague 3-4, Bazemore 3-6, Scott 2-3, Millsap 2-6, Korver 2-9, Sefolosha 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Horford 1-3, Schroder 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 56 (Anthony, Porzingis 11), Atlanta 47 (Horford 10). AssistsNew York 20 (Anthony 7), Atlanta 22 (Horford, Schroder 8). Total FoulsNew York 20, Atlanta 24. TechnicalsLopez, Porzingis, New York defensive three second 3, New York delay of game, Bazemore, Millsap. A15,082 (18,729).

Butler keeps Bulls on a roll 01/05/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:13pm]
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