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Bulls earn rare victory in Miami
Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated on the boards to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this...
MIAMI — Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated on the boards to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season, beating the Heat 96-89 Friday night.
Chicago outrebounded Miami 48-28. The Bulls had 19 offensive rebounds to four for the Heat.
The Eastern Conference-leading Heat fell to 15-3 at home. The Heat's other home losses came against the Knicks and Warriors.
"Everybody in both locker rooms understands what the overwhelming key to the game was," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They were throwing it up there and playing volleyball against us."
Miami's LeBron James scored 30 points, extending his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 31 consecutive games this season, and 52 games in a row overall when including last year's playoff run.
The first meeting between the teams this season was a bruiser, and the Bulls repeatedly outfought and outfoxed Miami on the boards. The Heat had won four games this season when outrebounded by 15 or more, but this time the disparity was too much.
Boozer collected one offensive rebound in a sitting position after the ball rolled between his legs, which led to two more second-chance points for Chicago. The Bulls' final offensive rebound helped seal the win. Jimmy Butler grabbed it and fed Boozer for a layup with 46 seconds left to put them up 93-86.
Clippers beat Lakers
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102.
Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the second time this season to their Staples Center co-tenants.
Bryant carried the Lakers in the fourth quarter when they closed to 99-97 on his 23-foot jumper with 1:29 left. But Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points to seal the victory and drop the Lakers two games below .500.
• Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 26 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back from a rare home loss to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-85.
• Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, including a pull-up jumper from the foul line with one second left, to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers over the host Charlotte Bobcats 106-104.
• Kevin Garnett scored 18 points before he was ejected for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter, and the host Boston Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 94-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
• Gonzaga alum Austin Daye had a season-best 20 points and the host Detroit Pistons earned their fourth consecutive victory, 85-84 over the Atlanta Hawks.
• Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, J.J. Hickson added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the host Memphis Grizzlies 86-84.