Gasol fills stat sheet in Bulls' overtime victory
CHICAGO – Pau Gasol had 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 109-104 in overtime on Saturday.
It was Gasol's 17th double-double in his first season with the Bulls, who shot 37 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers. The Celtics shot 45 percent and turned the ball over 22 times.
A Gasol jumper and free throw gave the Bulls a 98-95 lead with 1:13 left in regulation. Jeff Green made two free throws to cut the lead to one with 1:08 remaining. Taj Gibson was fouled with 22.7 seconds left and made one of two free throws, and Jared Sullinger scored on a putback with 2.6 seconds left to tie it at 99.
Aaron Brooks added 19 points for the Bulls, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Gibson and Derrick Rose had 12 points apiece.
Evan Turner scored 24 of his 29 points after halftime, but Boston dropped to 2-6 since trading Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Dec. 18. Avery Bradley had 17 points for the Celtics.
•STREAK-STOPPER: The Hornets halted a five-game losing streak with a 98-90 victory over the Magic in Orlando. Kemba Walker scored 30 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which outscored the Magic 30-9 in the second quarter, including a 22-0 run in the final seven minutes. Charlotte limited Orlando to 2-of-17 shooting and forced six turnovers in the period.
•PLAY, THEN REST: James Harden scored 28 points and joined the rest of the Rockets starters on the bench to sit out the final quarter of Houston's rout of the visiting Heat. Dwight Howard scored 19 of his 23 points in the second period. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored 15 apiece for Miami, which has lost four in a row.
•JUS ENUF NURKIC: Rookie Jusuf Nurkic provided a lift inside by blocking a career-best five shots, and the host Denver Nuggets broke a three-game losing streak with a 114-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
•HAWKS HANDLE BLAZERS: Paul Millsap had 27 points and the Hawks beat the Trail Blazers 115-107 in Portland for their fourth consecutive victory. Jeff Teague added 22 points and the Hawks, who improved to 11-5 on the road.
•DO I HEAR 18? The Spurs overcame Washington's fast start to beat the Wizards for the 17th consecutive time, 101-92. San Antonio has won 14 straight games at home over Washington. With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard injured and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili struggling, the Spurs turned to role players. Tiago Splitter scored 16 points, Patty Mills had 15 and Boris Diaw added 14. John Wall led the Wizards with 15 points each.