C.J. Watson picks up the slack for Bulls

Chicago Bulls 89, Philadelphia 76ers 80
Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday (left) has his shot blocked by Chicago's C.J. Watson. Holiday had 30 points in the loss while Watson led Chicago with 20.

CHICAGO — C.J. Watson scored 20 points and Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 89-80 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.


The Bulls overcame an early 14-point deficit without Derrick Rose, who missed his third consecutive game with a strained groin. Even with the reigning MVP missing 13 games this season, the Bulls still have the best record in the NBA at 37-10. The Bulls are 9-4 without Rose.

Jrue Holiday had 30 points for the 76ers, who dropped their third overall and have lost seven of nine on the road.

Holiday got little help as Andre Iguodala was held to seven points and Elton Brand to seven.



In Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 points in the final 2:42, including a go-ahead layup with 24.6 seconds left, leading Los Angeles past Houston.

Blake Griffin had 18 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Randy Foye contributed 15 points in what could be his last start because of the acquisition of Nick Young on Thursday from Washington.



In Indianapolis, Jeremy Lin scored 19 points to help New York defeat Indiana and improve to 3-0 under interim coach Mike Woodson.

Lin also had seven rebounds and six assists. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire each scored 16 points and J.R. Smith added 11 for the Knicks, who won on the road for just the eighth time this season.

The Knicks have won all three games by an average of 23.7 points since Woodson took over for Mike D’Antoni. New York defeated the Pacers 115-100 on Friday night in New York.

Courtney Lee led Houston with a season-high 25 points.



In Newark, N.J., Chris Kaman scored 20 points, including a key 23-foot jumper with a second left on the shot clock and 45 seconds left in the game, giving New Orleans a win over New Jersey.

With the Hornets leading 95-94, Kaman made his jumper and then Marco Belinelli sealed the win with a fall-away 3-pointer with 16.8 seconds left, also with the shot clock down to a second.

Belinelli also scored 20 points for the Hornets.



In Charlotte, N.C., D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and had 11 assists and Charlotte held off Toronto.

Gerald Henderson added 24 points, Corey Maggette had 21 and Tyrus Thomas had 11 or the Bobcats, who overcame a 15-point deficit in the second quarter to win for the second time in their past four games.



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