Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in his home debut as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 113-107 on Friday night.
Utah Jazz 107-113 Philadelphia 76ers Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in his home debut to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Utah Jazz 113-107 on Friday night.
Butler was 12-of-15 from the field as the Sixers improved to 8-0 at home this season.
Joel Embiid added 23 points, JJ Redick had 16 and Amir Johnson 11 for the Sixers.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 31 points but shot 13-for-35 from the field and 1-for-11 from three-point range. Joe Ingles added 14 while Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio had 13 apiece. Rudy Gobert contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sixers took a 16-point lead in the first quarter, shooting 8-for-8 to open the game. But the Jazz kept battling and eventually got within 54-52 at halftime.
With fans chanting his name, Butler converted a three-point play with 1.5 seconds remaining in the third to take an 86-84 lead.
A tough basket in the lane by Embiid and a driving slam dunk by Butler gave the Sixers a 98-95 advantage with 5:35 left.
Mitchell finally knocked down his first trey on his ninth attempt and the Jazz retook the lead 100-98.
Following a steal, Jae Crowder ran down the court, picked up an offensive rebound off a miss by Rubio and scored for a 107-105 lead. Redick responded with a pair of free throws to tie the score at 107 with 1:27 left.
Butler received a pass in the lane from Ben Simmons and scored for a 111-107 advantage with 19.4 seconds remaining.
Chicago Bulls 104-123 Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Milwaukee erased an 18-point half-time deficit in the blink of an eye to beat the visiting Chicago Bulls 123-104.
Milwaukee turned up the defensive intensity to start the third quarter and outscored Chicago 46-17 to take control and cruise to the easy win.
Milwaukee outscored Chicago 78-41 in the second half and every member of the starting unit for the Bucks scored in double figures.
Image: Giannis Antetokounmpo takes on the Chicago Bulls' defense Khris Middleton's layup knotted the game at 74-all at the 4:15 mark and Antetokounmpo gave Milwaukee the lead for good on a follow-up slam dunk off a Middleton miss less than a minute later.
Eric Bledsoe sparked the Milwaukee third-period onslaught by scoring 14 points in the period. Bledsoe finished with 25 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Middleton nearly recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Portland Trail Blazers 96-112 Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins led six Minnesota Timberwolves in double figures with 23 points in a 114-96 romp past the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.
Derrick Rose scored 17 points, Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns added 14 each, Jeff Teague had 13 and Taj Gibson contributed 12 for the Timberwolves, who won game and avenged a 111-81 defeat at Portland on November 4.
Minnesota shot .500 from the field, including 12 for 28 (42.9 per cent) on three-point attempts.
CJ McCollum scored 18 points, Damian Lillard added 16 and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost two in a row. Portland made only 8-of-29 shots from three-point range and had 18 turnovers.
Toronto Raptors 116-123 Boston Celtics (OT)
Image: Kyrie Irving scores on a lay-up Tatum
New York Knicks 124-129 New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis had 43 points and 17 rebounds as the host New Orleans Pelicans overcame an 11-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to defeat the New York Knicks 129-124.