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Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmy Butler scored 11 of his 15 points in
a decisive third quarter that propelled the Chicago Bulls to a 95-78 victory
over the Brooklyn Nets on Christmas Day. Taj Gibson led six Bulls players
in double figures with 20 points off the bench. Carlos Boozer had 14
points and both Mike Dunleavy and reserve D.J. Augustin contributed 13
points apiece for Chicago, which has won consecutive games for the first time
since a season-best five-game run from Nov. 8-18. Deron Williams scored 18
points to pace the Nets, who have dropped four games in a row.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 123, New York 94
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – It was rough sledding for the New York
Knicks with Carmelo Anthony sitting on the bench in street clothes. The way
Kevin Durant had it going, though, Anthony’s playing status may have been
mute. Durant scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half, while Westbrook
tallied his first triple-double of the season and the seventh of his
career as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the New York Knicks 123-94 on
Christmas Day. Durant was 7-of-9 from the floor over the first 24 minutes,
while Westbrook had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Oklahoma City,
which had never won away from home on Christmas, snapping its 10-game skid.
Serge Ibaka netted 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the triumph. Anthony was
ruled out prior to the tilt with a left ankle sprain he suffered in the third
quarter of Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic. Wednesday’s contest was
the first where Anthony didn’t lead the Knicks in scoring this year. Amare
Stoudemire scored 22 to top the Knicks, who played in their NBA-record 49th
Christmas Day game and fell to 23-26 on the holiday.