Bench helps Nets down short-handed Bulls

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Chicago's Nazr Mohammed knocks the ball away from Brooklyn's Reggie Evans in the first half. The Nets handed the Bulls only their third loss in the past 11 games.  KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Chicago's Nazr Mohammed knocks the ball away from Brooklyn's Reggie Evans in the first half. The Nets handed the Bulls only their third loss in the past 11 games.

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 93-89 on Friday night.

Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had nine of his 13.

Luol Deng scored 18 points for the Bulls, who played without starters Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich while losing for only the third time in 11 games.

CELTICS 97, MAGIC 84

In Boston, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a win over Orlando, which lost its eighth in a row.

Pierce had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Garnett finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who learned early in the day that promising rookie Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season after back surgery.

J.J. Redick had 15 points to lead Orlando.

RAPTORS 98, CLIPPERS 73

In Toronto, Rudy Gay had 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a rout of short-handed Los Angeles.

The Clippers have lost five of their past eight.

PACERS 102, HEAT 89

In Indianapolis, David West scored 30 points and Paul George added 15, leading Indiana over Miami.

Miami was led by LeBron James with 28 points.

KNICKS 96, BUCKS 86

In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Knicks extended their winning streak to four.

Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 19 points.

76ERS 89, KINGS 80

In Philadelphia, former Georgia Tech star Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 76ers over Sacramento.

Tyreke Evans scored 29 points for the Kings.

PISTONS 117, CAVALIERS 99

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and Detroit never trailed in its win over Cleveland.

Tristan Thompson led the Cavaliers with 19 points.

GRIZZLIES 85, WIZARDS 75

In Memphis, Mike Conley scored 18 points and Marc Gasol had 13 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Washington.

Nene led the Wizards with 14 points.

ON LEAVE: NBA players put union chief Billy Hunter on an indefinite leave Friday, two weeks after a report they commissioned questioned Hunter’s leadership and criticized him for bad decisions and questionable business practices.

The union is forming an interim executive committee and an advisory committee, the group’s president, Derek Fisher, said in a statement released Friday. An outside attorney is also being hired as players begin moving forward, likely without the man who has guided them since 1996.


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