LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Hill scored 26 points and forced the second overtime with a clutch jumper, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their nine-game losing streak in thrilling fashion with a 123-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
Wayne Ellington scored 23 points and rookie Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who held off the Bulls for their first victory since Jan. 9.
With big late baskets from everybody in their patchwork lineup, the Lakers avoided matching the 1994 squad coached by Magic Johnson for the longest skid in the 16-time champion franchise’s history.
All-Star Jimmy Butler matched his career high with 35 points for the Bulls, who rallied from a nine-point deficit in 70 seconds late in regulation.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his Staples Center return to face the Lakers, and he forced the first overtime with the tying tip-in shot with 11 seconds left.
GRIZZLIES 99, NUGGETS 69
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Jeff Green added 13 points and Memphis won its fifth straight.
The Grizzlies held the Nuggets to 11 points in the first quarter and were never threatened the rest of the way as Randolph recorded his 10th consecutive double-double.
Courtney Lee, Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih, starting in place of the injured Mike Conley, scored 11 apiece, while Marc Gasol had 10 points.
Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried each scored 10 points for Denver, which lost for the eighth time in the last nine.
BUCKS 115, MAGIC 100
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points, Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton had 17 apiece and Milwaukee ended a 17-game losing streak in Orlando.
The Bucks never trailed and placed seven players in double figures, including all five starters. Brandon Knight had 16 points and eight assists, O.J. Mayo scored 13 points and John Henson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Magic have lost seven straight and 13 of their last 15 games. Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 21 points. Nik Vucevic added 17 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bucks led 59-44 halftime and then blew open the game in the third period.
PACERS 103, KNICKS 82
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points, Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana routed New York.
The struggling Pacers (17-31) picked up their most lopsided home victory of the season by winning for only the second time in 10 games.
Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, 12 in the first 9 minutes for the Knicks (9-38). Lou Amundson added 17 as New York managed just 33 second-half points and fell behind Philadelphia for the worst record in the East.