Butler, Rondo guide Bulls past Hawks; Clippers top Lakers; Blazers get to .500

Phoenix Suns v Chicago Bulls

Clippers (47-31) 115, Lakers (21-55) 104

Blake Griffin (36/8/5) and Chris Paul (29/4/12) were unstoppable, as they went 12-of-15 and 9-for-14 shooting respectively for the Clippers, who shot 55.1 percent from the floor. The Lakers, on the other hand, shot 43.3 percent while D’Angelo Russell (2/0/6) had an awful game, going 1-of-9 shooting, including 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Bulls (37-39) 106, Hawks (39-37) 104

Jimmy Butler (33/5/8) made a clutch pair of free throws with just two seconds remaining in the game to pick up a much-needed victory for Chicago, who also benefitted from a very strong performance by Rajon Rondo (25/9/11). Dennis Schroder (29/7/6) turned in a solid performance and Dwight Howard (13/12/3) double-doubled in the losing effort.

Nets (17-59) 121, Magic (27-50) 111

Brook Lopez (30/7/1) went 12-of-22 from the floor and Trevor Booker (23/8/1) was sensational off the bench for the Nets in the win. Orlando’s starters combined for 95 of the team’s 111 points as Nikola Vucevic (27/11/1), Aaron Gordon (22/15/5) and Evan Fourner (20/1/1) were efficient while Elfrid Payton (20/11/11) recorded another triple-double.

Kings (30-47) 123, Timberwolves (30-45) 117

Sacramento exploded for 68 second-half points. Led by 66 bench points, Ty Lawson (21/2/11) surprisingly provided a double-double in just 25 minutes while going 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Karl-Anthony Towns (26/11/2) and Andrew Wiggins (32/3/3) had solid games in the loss.

Trail Blazers (38-38) 130, Suns (22-55) 117

Playing without Jusuf Nurkic, who will miss the rest of the regular season with a leg fracture, Damian Lillard (31/5/7) and C.J. McCollum (29/5/7) stepped up with All-Star level performances. Portland made 15 threes and went 29-for-31 from the free throw line in the victory. Devin Booker (31/3/7) continued his hot streak, going 10-of-25 shooting for the Suns.

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