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Chicago Bulls recover to pile on agony for the Philadelphia 76ers

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The Chicago Bulls put a slow start behind them to post a resounding 115-96 win against NBA whipping boys the Philadelphia 76ers.

A 25th defeat in 26 games for the Sixers came despite them heading to half-time with a 56-51 lead, as Jimmy Butler led scoring with 23 points, assisted by Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell with 17 and 16 respectively.

The Bulls have now won three straight games.

That is nevertheless a record that pales against the startling 13-0 home start to the season achieved this season by the San Antonio Spurs.

Win number 13 arrived on Monday night as the Spurs beat the Jazz 118-81 on the back of 22 points from Kawhi Leonard and 18 points each from LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker.

Jamal Crawford's late three-point shot gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 105-103 overtime win against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Blake Griffin had a 34-point game for the Clippers, and Detroit's Reggie Jackson exactly matched that haul but missed a last-ditch shot to win the game.

Marc Gasol's 24 points helped the Memphis Grizzlies see off the Washington Wizards 112-95, while Chris Bosh also scored 24 points to guide the Miami Heat to a 100-88 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, for whom Kent Bazemore scored 28 points in a losing cause.

The Toronto Raptors saw a four-game winning run halted by the Indiana Pacers, who posted a 106-90 home victory, while the Orlando Magic overcame the Brooklyn Nets 105-82 and the Phoenix Suns tripped up 104-94 on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, despite Eric Bledsoe scoring a game-high 23 points.

Will Barton's 23-point performance pointed the Denver Nuggets towards a 114-108 win against the Houston Rockets, while Damian Lillard plundered 30 points for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 105-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

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