Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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BULLS EMPHATICALLY END MAGIC RUN

CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler scored 20, Taj Gibson had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Bulls routed the Magic 112-80 on Monday night.

Dwyane Wade also scored 16 and Doug McDermott had 11 for Chicago, which had lost three straight. Wade shot 7-of-12 in 25 minutes, bouncing back from a four-point performance in Saturday's 111-94 loss at Indiana.

Orlando had won three straight, but it played listless defense as Chicago pulled away in the third quarter. Aaron Gordon scored 15 for the Magic, and Evan Fournier added 13 on 6-of-12 shooting.

Butler made all 10 free throws as the Bulls made 25 of 31 to 5 of 6 for the Magic. The Bulls have made at least 20 free throws in their past four games.

Chicago led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but Gordon had a cutting dunk and Fournier made a 3-pointer to help Orlando close to within 63-58 in the third.

The Bulls then ripped off the next 13 points.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Enes Kanter had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Thunder beat the Heat 97-85 and improve to 6-1, its best start since it moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. … Kemba Walker had 24 points and 10 assists to help the host Hornets (5-1) beat the Pacers 122-100 for the best start in franchise history. … James Harden had 32 points and 15 assists, leading the visiting Rockets past the Wizards 114-106. Washington PG John Wall broke Hall of Fame C Wes Unseld's franchise record for career assists with his 3,822nd in the third quarter. … Derrick Favors had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Rodney Hood scored 18 to lead the visiting Jazz to a 109-84 victory over the winless 76ers.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Pelicans signed veteran G Archie Goodwin and waived injured guard Lance Stephenson. … Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said his decision to revoke the credentials of two ESPN writers who cover his team was driven partly by concern that automated game reports could eventually replace human-generated content.

TENNIS

Groups drawn for ATP finals

Andy Murray, the world's new top-ranked men's player, has been drawn in a group with Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Maric Cilic for the ATP finals. Former No. 1 Novak Djokovic was drawn with Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem for the year-end tournament starting Sunday at the O2 Arena in London.

NADAL'S RETURN: Rafael Nadal will return from a wrist injury to play an exhibition in late December in United Arab Emirates.

GOLF

Finchem leaving PGA

Tim Finchem officially retires at the end of the year as PGA Tour commissioner, ending more than two decades during which he expanded the tour's footprint around the world and saw prize money grow to nearly $300 million. The PGA Tour's board of directors accepted Finchem's resignation and unanimously approved Jay Monahan as his replacement.

ET CETERA

OLYMPICS: The International Olympic Committee has given its top award for women's sport to a man for the first time. Ethiopian journalist Dagim Zinabu Tekle won the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy and was praised for creating a radio show "dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams."

MMA: UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will serve a doping ban until July after an arbitration panel denied his appeal of a positive drug test.

SOCCER: A Spanish judge accepted charges against Neymar for irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona, opening the way for a trial involving the Brazilian forward and his parents.

Times wires

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