Augustin's 27 points help Bulls top Cavs
AP Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
CLEVELAND--D.J. Augustin scored 27 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng with a 98-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Augustin and Mike Dunleavy hit 3-pointers down the stretch to pace the Bulls, who at 21-20 moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 22.
Deng went just 2 of 11 from the field in his first game against Chicago. The Bulls dealt the two-time All-Star forward to Cleveland on Jan. 6 for future draft picks.
Kyrie Irving scored 26 to lead Cleveland, which has dropped the first two games of a five-game homestand.
Thunder 111, Spurs 105 Kevin Durant had 36 points to offset Tony Parker's season-high 37, and the Thunder survived a testy victory over the Spurs for their third win this season over the defending Western Conference champions.
Reggie Jackson had 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Oklahoma City (33-10), which reclaimed the West's best record.
Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 14 points each and Duncan added 13 rebounds, but San Antonio (32-10) struggled to overcome the loss of their top defensive stopper, Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard left the game late in the first half after sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. His status was not yet known.
Suns 124, Pacers 100 Gerald Green scored 23 points against his former team, leading six Phoenix players in double figures, and the Suns snapped Indiana's five-game winning streak by handing the Pacers their most one-sided loss of the season.
Indiana, owner of the NBA's best record (33-8) and the league leader in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, gave up the most points it has all season.
Goran Dragic scored 21, Markieff Morris 20, P.J. Tucker 13, Miles Plumlee 11 and Channing Frye 10 for the Suns.
Paul George scored 26, George Hill 16 and David West 13 for Indiana.
Other games on Wednesday:
Hawks 112, Magic 109
Raptors 93, Mavericks 85
Bobcats 95, Clippers 91
Celtics 113, Wizards 111, OT
76ers 110, Knicks 106
Rockets 119, Kings 98
Bucks 104, Pistons 101
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