CHICAGO – D.J. Augustin scored 24 points, Taj Gibson added 17, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from 18 down to beat the Detroit Pistons 106-98 for their seventh straight win on Friday night.
Carlos Boozer finished with 18 points. Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored all of his 14 in the second half, and the Bulls kept their longest win streak of the season going.
They moved a game ahead of Atlantic Division leader Toronto for third in the Eastern Conference, with the Raptors losing to the Knicks.
The Bulls also clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with Brooklyn falling to Atlanta.
They trailed by 56-38 at the half after getting dominated inside by Andre Drummond but turned things around in a big way after that.
Chicago outscored Detroit 32-24 in the third quarter to pull within 10 and went on a 15-0 run in the fourth to turn an eight-point deficit into a 90-83 edge. The Bulls then hung on in the closing minutes for their 35th win since Jan. 1 – tops in the Eastern Conference.
They pulled this one out even though they got dominated by Drummond, who scored 26 and tied a career-high with 26 rebounds.
Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points and Brandon Jennings added 17 but the Pistons lost for the 18th time in 20 road games.
SPURS 112, SUNS 104: In San Antonio, Danny Green had a career-high 33 points as San Antonio rallied from a 21-point deficit to clinch the league’s best record. Tony Parker added 18 points and three assists in his return from a two-game absence due to a back injury.
HAWKS 93, NETS 88: In New York, Paul Millsap had 27 points and 10 rebounds as Atlanta moved to the verge of a playoff spot.
KNICKS 108, RAPTORS 100: In Toronto, Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, and Amare Stoudemore had 24 points and 11 rebounds as New York kept its slim playoff hopes alive.
WIZARDS 96, MAGIC 86: In Orlando, Fla., Nene scored 17 points, and Bradley Beal added 16 as Washington ended a two-game losing streak.
CELTICS 106, BOBCATS 103: In Boston, Avery Bradley scored 22 points, Phil Pressey had a career-high 13 assists and Boston held off a late surge to snap a nine-game losing streak.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, ROCKETS 110: In Minneapolis, Corey Brewer scored a career-high 51 points, and Gorgui Dieng hit a short jumper with 4.6 seconds to play to lift Minnesota.
THUNDER 116, PELICANS 94: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 27 points, and Russell Westbrook added 24 as Oklahoma City clinched the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
GRIZZLIES 117, 76ERS 95: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Miller added 19 points as Memphis kept its playoff hopes alive.
BUCKS 119, CAVALIERS 116: In Milwaukee, Brandon Knight scored 24 points, and Ramon Sessions added 20 as Milwaukee preserved its slim hopes of avoiding the NBA’s worst record.
TRAIL BLAZERS 111, JAZZ 99: In Salt Lake City, Wesley Matthews had 21 points, and Damian Lillard scored 14 of his 16 points in a key fourth-quarter run to rally to lead Portland.