Jimmy Butler scored 33 points and hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to lift the host Chicago Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
"I see guys doing what they're supposed to be doing — playing hard, shooting the ball when they're open, not trying to do too much," Butler said. "That's what we need."
Butler scored the Bulls' final nine points. His free throws gave them a two-point lead and capped a 15-4 run after they trailed 100-91.
Tim Hardaway Jr. then missed a three-pointer for Atlanta as time expired, giving the Bulls their third victory in a row.
Chicago also moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are tied with Miami and Indiana at 37-39 but own tiebreakers over the Heat and Pacers. Sixth-place Atlanta (39-37) — which had won back-to-back games after dropping seven in a row — trails Milwaukee by a game.
Portland 130, Phoenix 117: Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the host Trail Blazers continued their late-season push for the playoffs with a sixth consecutive victory, one that eliminated the Timberwolvs from playoff contention.
L.A. Clippers 115, L.A. Lakers 104: Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul added 29 and J.J. Redick had 19 and the Clippers held off the lowly Lakers for the 800th victory of Doc Rivers' coaching career.
Brooklyn 121, Orlando 111: Brook Lopez scored 30 points, Trevor Booker had 23 and the host Nets beat the Magic, which has lost four games in a row.