NBA scores: Bulls beat Nets, Warriors and Timberwolves each continue skids

USA TODAY Sports

Joakim Noah had a big night as the Chicago Bulls moved up a spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Chicago Bulls (34-25) moved past Brooklyn (34-26) for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 96-85 win over the Nets Saturday. It was Chicago's second straight win and Brooklyn's second straight loss.

The Bulls used a decisive second quarter, out-scoring the Nets 26-12, to build a double-digit lead they would never relinquish. The Nets trailed by 18 entering the fourth quarter.

The Bulls shot 52 percent from the field, led by a dominant performance by their frontline. Center Joakim Noah had 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Forward Carlos Boozer had 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Chicago also had a strong performance from its bench, getting 25 combined points from Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler.

The Nets, who shot 44 percent for the game, were led by Brook Lopez. Lopez had 22 points and three blocks. Deron Williams scored 14 for the Nets, but shot just 4 for 12.

Philadelphia 76ers 104, Golden State Warriors 97

Evan Turner just missed a triple-double as the Sixers (23-34) handed the Warriors (33-27) their fourth straight loss. Turner finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Stephen Curry had 30 points and eight assists for the Warriors.

Portland Trail Blazers 109, Minnesota Timberwolves 94

Damian Lillard had 24 points and J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers (27-31). Derrick Williams had 23 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota (20-36). The Timberwolves have lost five straight.

Milwaukee Bucks 122, Toronto Raptors 114 (OT)

Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks (29-28), who won their third straight. Alan Anderson led the Raptors (23-37) with 21 points off the bench. The Raptors have lost four straight.

More in the NBA:

Proud father Dell Curry talks to SB Nation about Steph's 54-point outburst

What makes Stephen Curry special? His coach and teammates explain

Sacramento is nothing like Seattle

Watch the Miami Heat's Harlem Shake video

Basketball jerseys with sleeves? Adidas must be stopped

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.