Jimmy Butler scores 28 points to lead Philadelphia 76ers to win over Utah Jazz in home debut

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.