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.
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.
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.
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.
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