BasketballSaturday, March 15, 2014
Chicago defeat Houston
CHICAGO — Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half and Joakim Noah flirted with another triple-double as the Chicago Bulls posted a 111-87 wire-to-wire victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He was headed for his fourth triple-double of the season, but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score.
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored 29 points apiece as Oklahoma City avenged Sunday’s surprising loss to Los Angeles with a 131-102 victory. Westbrook shot poorly against Lakers on Sunday but made 9 of 17 shots and had nine assists in the rematch.
The Thunder climbed within half a game of San Antonio for the top record in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, who scored a career-high 42 points on Sunday, was held to 19 on 6-for-15 shooting. .
In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta beat Milwaukee 102-97 for its first back-to-back victories in nearly six weeks.
Both teams entered the contest having lost 14 of their previous 16 games. The Hawks have plummeted to the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They lead the surging Knicks, who have won five in a row, by 3½ games for the final playoff spot.
Brandon Knight and Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points each for Milwaukee, which has the worst record in the NBA at 13-52.