Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points, Marco Belinelli scored 15 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling...
CHICAGO — Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points, Marco Belinelli scored 15 points, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away down the stretch to beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 95-83 on Monday night.
The Lakers have dropped six straight on the road, and this one came after coach Mike D’Antoni shook up the lineup. He moved forward Pau Gasol to a reserve role and replaced him with Earl Clark, but the slide continued on a night when Kobe Bryant (16 points) and Dwight Howard (8) were mostly nonfactors.
• Cleveland center Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his lung. The team said Monday that he is expected to fully recover but will need to take blood thinners for about three months. Varejao has been in the hospital since Thursday and will likely remain there for several more days of treatment.
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• Jordan Crawford made a three-pointer at the buzzer and Washington dogpiled on the court to celebrate a 98-95 victory over host Portland. Nicolas Batum had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but the Blazers lost their sixth straight.
• Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 106-99. Curry had 28 points and former Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored 18.
Former Rainier Beach star Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench for the Clippers.
• Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 88-85 win over the host New York Knicks and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.
Deron Williams had 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets, who cut the Knicks’ Atlantic Division lead to one game.
Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and seven assists for the Knicks, but missed all six shots in the fourth quarter and finished 11 of 29 for the game.
• Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead visiting San Antonio to its fifth straight win, 90-85, over Philadelphia. Former Seattle Prep and Husky standout Spencer Hawes had 16 points for Philadelphia.
• James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter and Houston rallied to a 100-94 victory in Charlotte to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home.