Rose hurts hamstring in Bulls’ win
TORONTO — Derrick Rose was in Chicago’s starting lineup for the second straight game. He finished it on the bench, nursing another leg injury.
Pau Gasol had a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, Rose scored 20 points before leaving with a sore left hamstring, and the Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 100-93 on Thursday night.
“I think it’s minor,” said Rose, who was injured when he slipped and fell on a drive late in the fourth quarter.
“I just overstepped. I probably stretched out a little bit more with my left leg and I probably got a cramp in it.”
Rose, who said he’ll treat the injury with ice and muscle stimulation, also said it was too early to say whether he’d be ready for Saturday’s home game against Indiana.
“He’ll be evaluated when we get back (to Chicago),” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They’ll make sure everything is good. He says he just tweaked it and everything is fine.”
Jimmy Butler scored 21 and Mike Dunleavy had 14 as the Bulls won for the sixth time in seven games, and snapped Toronto’s five-game winning streak in the matchup of teams with the best records in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 7-2.
“Jimmy played a terrific game,” Thibodeau said.
Chicago’s coach was just as happy with Gasol, who posted his sixth double-double in nine games.
“You can’t say enough about him, just the way he sets the tone for the team,” Thibodeau said.
Starting his second straight game after missing four of the previous five with a pair of sprained ankles, Rose was replaced by Dunleavy with 1:53 left, taking a seat at the end of the bench.
“We were up a decent amount of points at that time,” Rose said. “I kind of didn’t force it, I listened to the staff and sat out.”
Kyle Lowry scored 20 and James Johnson had 16 against his former team, but the Raptors lost for the first time in six home games this season.
MAVERICKS 123, 76ERS 70: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points while playing only 20 minutes and Dallas had its largest victory ever while keeping Philadelphia winless.
The 53-point margin for Dallas surpassed its 50-point win over the New York Knicks in January 2010.
At 0-8, Philadelphia is the only NBA team without a victory. The only time the 76ers have gone deeper into a season before winning a game was 1972-73, when they lost their first 15 games, according to STATS.
The 76ers, who scored the last five points to avoid their largest loss ever, matched Utah’s 0-8 start from a year ago. The last NBA team with a longer losing streak to begin a season was the New Jersey Nets during their record 0-18 start in 2009-10.
GRIZZLIES 111, KINGS 110: At Memphis, Tenn., Courtney Lee scored on a lob pass as time expired to cap a furious fourth-quarter rally, and Memphis came from 26 points down to beat Sacramento.
The outcome wasn’t decided until after a lengthy review by officials who were trying to determine if the inbounds pass from Vince Carter with less than a second left was tipped by the Kings, and also to determine if Lee got the shot off before the horn sounded.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points and 11 assists, while Marc Gasol had 20 points. Lee’s reverse layup gave him 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Rudy Gay scored 25 points, while DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their third straight.
WARRIORS 107, NETS 99: At Oakland, Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Draymond Green had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Golden State snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn.
Stephen Curry added 17 points and five assists as the hot-shooting, turnover-prone Warriors slowly started to cut down on mistakes. They shot 45.6 percent from the floor and had just 11 turnovers.
Golden State entered the game leading the NBA in shooting percentage and turnovers.
Jarrett Jack scored 23 points against his former team, and Brook Lopez and Deron Williams each had 18 points as Brooklyn lost for the second time in two nights. The Nets fell 112-104 at Phoenix on Wednesday to begin their three-game road trip.