The Chicago Bulls have finished strongly to take down the Brooklyn Nets 111-107 in their NBA eastern conference top-two showdown.
Boomers star Patty Mills, who scored 12 points, gave Brooklyn their biggest lead at 71-60 with 6:34 minutes left in the third quarter but that was as good as it got for the hosts.
Zach LaVine scored 31 points while DeMar DeRozan netted 13 of his 29 points in the final quarter as the Bulls closed out their road win.
Kevin Durant led Brooklyn with 28 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had 20.
James Harden added 14 points and 14 assists, but shot 5 for 21 from the field.
The Bulls trailed by as many as 11 in the third quarter, but opened the fourth on a 13-4 run and took their biggest lead at 92-86 on DeRozan’s short jumper with 7 minutes remaining.
Aldridge’s lay-up brought the Nets within 101-100, but they never got closer.
Durant’s 3-pointer with 39 seconds left cut it to 107-105, but Lonzo Ball answered with a 3 with 16 seconds remaining to end the threat.
The Nets (16-7) still top the east from the Bulls (16-8).
The Milwaukee Bucks scored at least 30 points in each of the first three quarters and finished with their third-most points in a game this season as they rolled past the Miami Heat 124-102.
Even without Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks improved to 15-9 while the Heat struggled in the absence of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
The visiting San Antonio Spurs held off the Golden State Warriors 112-107 to win their season-best fourth straight game.
The Warriors, who have the equal best record in the NBA at 19-4, had won their past 11 games at home.
Nikola Jokic scored 32 points and had 11 rebounds in just 27 minutes, leading the Denver Nuggets over the New York Knicks 113-99.