NBA roundup: Celtics blast Bulls

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics scored the first 13 points of the game
and cruised to a 100-80 victory on Sunday over Chicago that handed
the Bulls their season-worst fifth straight loss.

Isaiah Thomas finished with 22 points, and Avery Bradley scored 17
points and grabbed six rebounds in the win.

The Bulls scored 26 points in the first half and didn’t make any
noise until late in a 31-point third quarter.

Robin Lopez and Denzel Valentine led Chicago with 13 points apiece,
and Bobby Portis had 12 points and eight rebounds. Jimmy Butler and
Dwyane Wade, who came in averaging a combined 42.6 points per game,
were a combined 6 of 22 from the floor and had five and eight
points, respectively.

Pacers 102, Heat 98

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 28 points and grabbed 10
rebounds to power Indiana past Miami.

Myles Turner chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.

The Heat played without leading scorer Goran Dragic, who was
sidelined due to an orbital contusion in his right eye. Hassan
Whiteside led Miami with 26 points and 21 rebounds. Dion Waiters
added 20 points and Wayne Ellington 19 for the Heat.

Nets 120, Knicks 112

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez hit his first six 3-point attempts and
scored 25 points as Brooklyn stopped a franchise-record, 16-game
home losing streak with a victory over New York.

Lopez, who missed his first game of the season due to injury
Friday, returned from a sprained right ankle. He became the 12th
player in NBA history to hit at least 100 3-pointers and block 100
shots.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 27 points and became the
seventh player in team history to get at least 10,000 points.
Kristaps Porzingis added 19 before fouling out as New York lost for
the sixth time in nine games.

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