Butler breaks Jordan record in win
TORONTO — Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan's team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Toronto Raptors 115-113 on Sunday.
Jordan had 39, also in the second half, in a game against Milwaukee in 1989. Butler shot 14 of 19 in the final two quarters after a 1-for-4 start in the Bulls' fourth straight win.
Pau Gasol had his 17th double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds as Chicago beat Toronto for the second time in a week and a seventh consecutive time overall.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 24 points.
KNICKS 111, HAWKS 97: At New York, Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 38 points and the Knicks beat the Hawks.
Afflalo was 14 for 17 from the field and 7 for 8 from 3-point range, making his first seven attempts and nearing his career best of 43 points.
The Knicks improved to 8-2 when Afflalo scores 15 or more points.
Paul Millsap scored 19 points and Kent Bazemore had 18 for the Hawks.
HEAT 97, WIZARDS 75: At Washington, Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 18 and the Heat dominated the undermanned Wizards.
With just nine healthy players, Washington was outscored in the second quarter 25-7. The Wizards missed 20 of their 22 field goal attempts as the Heat took a 50-31 halftime lead.
John Wall, who led Washington with 14 points, hit just six of his 21 field goal attempts.
The Wizards shot just 34.1 percent and their 75 points were a season low. Miami allowed its fewest points of the season.
LAKERS 97, SUNS 77: At Los Angeles, Lou Williams scored a season-high 30 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers sent Phoenix to its ninth straight loss.
The Lakers, coming off victories over Boston and Philadelphia, have won three in a row for the first time since Feb. 22-27 against Boston, Utah and Milwaukee. Rookie Larry Nance Jr. had 15 points and tied a season high with his second straight 14-rebound game.
Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game because of a sore right shoulder, the same one he had surgery on last January to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Brandon Knight had 25 points, nine assists and three rebounds for the Suns, who shot 36 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 38 points en route to their 21st loss in 27 games since beating the Lakers at Phoenix on Nov. 16.