Rose out, but Bulls top Knicks
Richard Hamilton scored 20 points, Luol Deng added 19, and the Bulls, playing without Derrick Rose again, beat the New York Knicks, 98-86, Tuesday night in Chicago.
Hamilton had 18 points in the third quarter to help Chicago stay ahead after building a 12-point halftime lead. Kyle Korver added 14 points and three blocks, and the Bulls prevailed despite Carmelo Anthony’s 29 points for New York.
Rose, meanwhile, was in an all-too familiar spot for the Bulls, nursing yet another injury. This time, it was a sprained right ankle.
The league’s reigning MVP was injured in the first half of Sunday’s overtime loss at New York, after he returned from a 12-game absence because of a groin problem.
Now, he’s missed 23 games because of a variety of ailments, including a turf toe injury and back spasms.
Still, the Bulls managed to get back to winning after dropping three of four, beating a team they might meet in the first round of the playoffs.
Mavericks 110, Kings 100 - Dirk Nowitzki and Rodrigue Beaubouis each had 15 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures, and the host Mavericks beat Sacramento.
After a 12-3 run early in the second quarter that Beaubouis started with a 3-point play, the Mavericks never trailed again. Sacramento tied the score a few minutes after that, but Beaubouis made two free throws to put Dallas ahead to stay in a much-needed victory.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 18 rebounds for Sacramento (19-39).
Wizards 93, Magic 85 - Kevin Seraphin took advantage of Dwight Howard’s absence from Orlando’s lineup, getting career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Washington’s victory.
Jordan Crawford scored 21 points, John Wall had 15, and Cartier Martin and James Singleton - both on 10-day contracts - added 12 points apiece for the Wizards.
76ers 107, Nets 88 - Center Spencer Hawes came off the bench for the first time and a scored a season-high 19 points to lead slumping Philadelphia over host New Jersey.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and was only the fifth in 15 games for Philadelphia (30-27), giving it a half-game lead over the Knicks (29-27) for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Cavaliers 103, Bobcats 90 - Lester Hudson scored 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and host Cleveland beat Charlotte.
The Bobcats have lost 13 in a row to fall to a league-worst 7-49. Charlotte hasn’t won since beating Toronto on March 17.