Bulls rout Nets 118-88 in road opener, improve to 3-0

Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) defends during the third quarter  at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) defends during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

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, while Taj Gibson added 14 points and 11 boards for the Bulls.

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.

Bogdanovic scored 15 points and Jeremy Lin had 14 for the Nets, who fell to 1-3.

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Howard, Hawks beat Kings for 3-0 start

Oct 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) controls a rebound between Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) and center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Kings 106-95. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) controls a rebound between Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) and center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Kings 106-95. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard had 18 points, Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder scored 17 points apiece, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-95 on Monday night for their first 3-0 start in five seasons.

Every Atlanta starter scored in double figures, and the Hawks held Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins in check after he averaged 30 points in the Kings’ first three games. He finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Rudy Gay scored 22 points for Sacramento (2-2), which led 81-79 after three quarters. Matt Barnes also scored 14 points, and Ben McLemore finished with 12.

Howard went 8 for 20 from the line, but also contributed 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Paul Millsap added 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

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DeRozan, Lowry propel Raptors over Nuggets 105-102

Oct 31, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) takes a jump shot over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and guard Will Barton (5) in the first half at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY
Oct 31, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) takes a jump shot over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and guard Will Barton (5) in the first half at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY

DeMar DeRozan had 33 points and Kyle Lowry made a couple key baskets late to finish with 29 points, helping the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 105-102 on Monday night.

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

Lowry hit a tiebreaking 14-footer with 1:36 remaining, then made it 105-102 with 45 seconds remaining on a driving layup.

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Paul, Griffin, Jordan lead Clippers past winless Suns 116-98

October 31, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) moves the ball ahead of Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
October 31, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) moves the ball ahead of Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Jordan looked around the press room with that big, megawatt smile and playfully avoided a question about his injured thumb as though it never happened.

Jordan sprained his right thumb Sunday but played with it taped on Monday night. That meant the Big Three for the Los Angeles Clippers was still very much intact and effective.

Chris Paul scored 24 points and Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 116-98 victory over the winless Phoenix Suns.

Jordan added 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers relied on their top stars in improving to 3-0 this season.

 

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