NEW ORLEANS – Luol Deng scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.
The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first quarter, but didn’t put the Hornets away until Deng’s clutch jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 seconds left put Chicago up 94-87 after the Hornets had pulled within five points on Eric Gordon’s three-pointer.
Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which outrebounded New Orleans 47-39 and had 15 second-chance points.
Gordon finished with 20 and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which saw its two-game winning streak snapped after committing nine of its 15 turnovers in the final quarter. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists for the Hornets.
Kirk Hinrich had 10 assists for the Bulls, who combined for 30 assists as a team and shot 46.4 percent (39 of 84). Deng, Boozer and Noah all shot 50 percent of better. Deng was 7 of 13 from the field, Noah 6 of 11 and Boozer 8 of 16.
The Bulls led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter when Kirk Hinrich’s transition three and Boozer’s reverse layup made it 64-52, but the Hornets kept making it interesting.
BOBCATS 105, MAGIC 92: In Orlando, Fla., Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson each had 24 points, Byron Mullens added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Charlotte survived a second-half comeback.
Nikola Vucevic and Arron Afflalo each had 18 points to lead the Magic, who have lost 25 of their last 28.
RAPTORS 96, WIZARDS 88: In Washington, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 24 points apiece, and Toronto won a matchup between slow-starting, coming-on-lately teams.
The Raptors took the lead for good in the second quarter and won their fifth straight game, putting them one victory shy of last season’s total.
GRIZZLIES 105, PISTONS 91: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Mike Conley scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had his 31st double-double and Memphis won its fourth straight game.
Brandon Knight and Jonas Jerebko each scored 13 points for the Pistons, who have lost two of their last three at home.
NETS 113, BUCKS 111, OT: In New York, Joe Johnson hit a tying three-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then his buzzer-beating jumper at the end of overtime helped Brooklyn snap a 13-game losing streak against Milwaukee dating to March 30, 2009.