Rockets, Bulls roll

12/26/2013

By The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

Heat 101, Lakers 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had 23 points apiece, and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-95 on Wednesday for their sixth straight win.

Bosh also had 11 rebounds in the Heat's fifth consecutive victory against the Lakers on Christmas Day. LeBron James added 19 points and Ray Allen had 12.

Miami improved to 7-0 against the Western Conference this season with its 19th straight overall win against West opponents.

Nick Young scored 20 points for the Lakers, who were tied four times in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles was hurt by a poor shooting night in its third straight loss.

BULLS 95, NETS 78

NEW YORK (AP) — Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15 to help Chicago rout Brooklyn.

Trailing 50-49 early in the third quarter, the Bulls took over behind Butler. He keyed a 21-5 run that gave Chicago control. Butler, who sat out the last game because of a right ankle injury, started the burst with a 3-pointer and had a three-point play that made it 57-52.

Deron Williams scored 18 points for Brooklyn. The Nets have lost four straight.

ROCKETS 111, SPURS 98

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds, leading balanced Houston past San Antonio.

Each of Houston's starters scored in double figures to help the Rockets improve to 2-0 against the Spurs this season. Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones each scored 21 points, and Jeremy Lin had 13 points, eight assists and only one turnover.

Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 22 points.

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