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NBA roundup: Bulls deal hapless Nets another loss

Jimmy Butler (22 points) and Dwayne (12 points) lifted the Bulls past the Nets.Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Dwyane Wade had 12 in the first road game of his career not played for Miami, and the Chicago Bulls improved to 3-0 by beating the Brooklyn Nets, 118-88, on Monday night.

The Bulls had seven players in double figures, with Wade becoming the last of them when he left Bojan Bogdanovic behind with a crossover and was fouled on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter.

Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, while Taj Gibson added 14.

After home victories against Eastern Conference playoff teams Boston and Indiana to open the season, the Bulls easily handled their road opener, leading by as many as 33 points.


Hawks 106, Kings 95 — Dwight Howard had 18 points, Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder added 17 apiece, and Atlanta beat Sacramento and achieved their first 3-0 start in five seasons.

Every Atlanta starter scored in double figures, and the Hawks held the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins to 14 points after he averaged 30 over his first three games.

Rudy Gay scored 22 points for Sacramento, which led 81-79 after three quarters.

Howard made just 8 of 20 free throws, but he also had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Raptors 105, Nuggets 102 — DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and Kyle Lowry added 29, leading Toronto over visiting Denver

Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton, and Emmanuel Mudiay each had 16 points for Denver, and Jusuf Nurkic added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

DeRozan is the first Raptor to start a season with three straight 30-point games, and his run is one short of Mike James’s stretch from 2006 for the longest run at any point in the season.