Wade returns to Miami in triumph
MIAMI – Dwyane Wade got a win in his return to Miami, with Jimmy Butler scoring 20 points and Rajon Rondo adding 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls topped the Heat 98-95 Thursday night.
Robin Lopez had 16 points for Chicago, which prevailed in a game that had 14 ties and 19 lead changes.
Wade scored 13 points on 5-for-17 shooting in his first game at Miami as an opponent, after spending his first 13 NBA seasons with the Heat.
Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 20 points and 20 rebounds. Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson each scored 16 for the Heat, who lost point guard Goran Dragic to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.
Justise Winslow scored 15 and Tyler Johnson added 14 for Miami.
In Denver, Stephen Curry scored 33 points and Golden State Warriors beat Denver Nuggets 125 – 101 on a night Kevin Durant’s string of 72 straight regular-season games with at least 20 points ended.
Durant finished with 18 points. He remained tied with Michael Jordan for the fourth-longest streak of 20 or more points in league history.
Curry tweaked his ankle in a win over Dallas on Wednesday, but it didn’t appear to hamper him. He finished 7 of 13 from 3-point range, including one that he turned into a four-point play.
Rookie Jamal Murray had 14 points for the Nuggets, who are 0-2 at Pepsi Center this season after stressing the importance of regaining a home-court advantage. Fellow rookie Malik Beasley scored his first NBA points on a 3-pointer in the third quarter. He finished with 12 points.
In Milwaukee, Anthony Davis hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left and scored 32 points, and New Orleans got their first victory after losing their first eight by beating Milwaukee Bucks 112-106.
The Philadelphia 76ers (0-7) are the remaining winless team in the NBA.
Jabari Parker scored a season-high 33 points for Milwaukee, which lost its second straight game to a team that was winless. In their last game Sunday, the Bucks fell 86-75 in overtime to Dallas, which was 0-5 coming into that game.
E’Twaun Moore added 20 points for New Orleans, playing their third game in four nights.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes.
In Sacramento, California, Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Los Angeles Lakers rally past Sacramento Kings 101 – 91.
The Lakers took control by breaking away from a tie game with 10 straight points, the final five by Young, to go ahead 92-82 with 3:36 left. Los Angeles have four wins in a five-game stretch for the first time since November 2013.
DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who had their modest two-game win streak snapped. Sacramento had won the last seven meetings with the Lakers.
D’Angelo Russell had 17 points and Nick Young 16 for the Lakers. Julius Randle had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Timothy Mozgov added 10 points.