FINAL FROM NEW YORK: Bulls 118 Knicks 117. (Bulls: 14-18, 7-11 on the road).
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 33 pts. Knicks: Barrett: 44 pts.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Vucevic: 12. Knicks: Randle: 12.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: DeRozan: 10. Knicks: Brunson: 9
CCI STAT OF THE GAME: The Knicks missed 11 free throws , shooting 57% from the line.
CCI RECAP: DeMar DeRozan’s mid-range jumper with less than a second remaining propelled the Bulls to their first- three game win streak of the season capturing the final three games of a four game pre Christmas trip.
DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic combined for 79 points. Vucevic and DeRozan also posted double-double games.
The Knicks missed four free throws in the final 66 seconds of the game. New York’s RJ Barrett scored a season high 44 points. Julius Randle had 29 points and 12 rebounds.
NEXT: Home with Houston Monday.
CCI 24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES
Philadelphia 119, Los Angeles Clippers 114. The 76ers rallied from a 20 deficit . Joel Embiid poured in 44 points. James Harden notched a triple double, aided by a career high 21 assists.
Orlando 133, San Antonio 113. The Magic have won eight of nine.
Denver 120, Portland 107. The Trail Blazers have lost three straight. Denver improved to nine games over .500
Dallas 112, Houston 106. Luka Doncic scored a season high 50 points. He grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 10 assists.
New Orleans 128, Oklahoma City 125 OT. Zion Williamson missed the game due to health and safety protocols. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career high 44 points.
Indiana 111, Miami 108. Tyrese Halliburton’s three pointer lifted the Pacers over the Heat as he managed to score a career high 43 points. Jimmy Butler sat out the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
Atlanta 130, Detroit 105. Trae Young and Dejounte Murray combined for 52 points.
Memphis 125, Phoenix 100. Brandon Clarke scored 24 points in 21 minutes for the 20-11 Grizzlies. The Suns fell to 19-14.
Toronto 118, Cleveland 107. The Raptors became the first Eastern Conference team to win in Cleveland this season. The Cavs dropped to 16-3 at home. The Raps hit a season high 19-three pointers.
Brooklyn 118, Milwaukee 100. The Nets won their eighth straight, longest winning streak since moving to Brooklyn ten years ago.
Boston 121, Minnesota 109. Jaylen Brown scored 23 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics ended a three game losing streak.
Charlotte 134, Los Angeles Lakers 130. LaMelo Ball had a 23-8-8 game for the Hornets. LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers. The Lakers are 13-19. Anthony Davis is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his foot.
Washington 125, Sacramento 111. Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points as the Wizards ended a six game road trip with two wins.
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