Thursday night game round-up: Bulls rally to season-saving victory

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The Chicago Bulls rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to secure a crucial 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets.

Nikola Mirotic top-scored with 28 points off the bench while Jimmy Butler added 21. Derrick Rose was limited to just 11 minutes due to an elbow injury.

The win keeps the Bulls' playoff hopes alive as they move to within one game of the Indiana Pacers who occupy the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Houston, meanwhile, falls half a game behind Utah and Dallas in the West. James Harden top-scored for the Rockets with 24 points.

Box Score

Clippers 117, Thunder 119

The Oklahoma City Thunder narrowly defeated a depleted Los Angeles Clippers team 119-117 on Thursday night.

A Steven Adams basket with under 30 seconds remaining proved the crucial score in a game where the Clippers rested Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Reddick. Kevin Durant top-scored with 

Kevin Durant scored a team-high 31 points for OKC while Russell Westbrook added a 26 point, 11 assist double-double.

Austin Rivers and Jeff Green both tallied 32 points.for the Clippers who shot 16-of-29 from three-point range.

Box Score

Nets 87, Cavaliers 107

The Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 107-87 win over the visiting Brooklyn Nets.

LeBron James (24 points, 11 assists) and Kevin Love (19 points, 10 rebounds) spearheaded the Cavs' win and the Eastern Conference leaders never surrendered the lead after the first quarter.

Thaddeus Young scored 18 points for the Nets but was unable to stop the franchise from picking up an eighth straight road defeat.

The game also saw James pass Dominique Wilkins for 12th on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Box Score

The Orlando Magic won their first game in Indiana in four years, beating the Pacers 114-94.

Evan Fournier top-scored for Orlando with 25 points, while Nikola Vuceviv returned from a 13-game layoff to add 24 points off the bench. The European duo combining to shoot 22-of 29 from the field.

Indiana, meanwhile, struggled throughout and didn't have a single lead in the final 41 minutes. Paul George had a game-high 27 points.

Box Score

Celtics 109, Trail Blazers 116

The Portland Trail Blazers extended their home-winning streak to a season-best six games with a 116-109 win over the Boston Celtics.

Led by Al-Farouq Aminu's career-high 28 points, Portland maintained their position as the Western Conferences sixth seed. Five other Trail Blazers scored in double-digits including CJ McCollum on 17. 

For Boston, point guard Isaiah Thomas top-scored with 22 points as all five starters finished with 10 points or more. 

Box Score

Nuggets 95, Pelicans 101

Despite a host of injuries, the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the Denver Nuggets 101-95 last night.

Forward Luke Babbitt scored 22 points while the trio of Tim Frazer, Jordan Hamilton and James Ennis - all D-league players at the start of March - contributed 17, 14 and 11 points respectively.

Toney Douglas also added a 20 point, 10 assist double-double.

For Denver, Darrell Arthur equalled his career-high with 24 points off the bench.

Box Score

Eastern Conference
LA Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Derrick Rose
Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Cleveland Cavaliers
New Orleans Pelicans
Southwest Division
Brooklyn Nets
Derrick Rose
Indiana Pacers
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Denver Nuggets
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Houston Rockets

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