WASHINGTON — Derrick Rose scored eight of his game-high 25 points over the final 3 1/2 minutes, and the Chicago Bulls fended off the Washington Wizards 99-91 on Tuesday in a long-awaited rematch between Rose and Washington guard John Wall.
Forward Pau Gasol scored 18 points for the Bulls, who outscored the Wizards 8-1 late in the fourth quarter after Wall led a late charge that put Washington up 87-86 with 3:44 left.
Wall scored 10 of his 18 points during the final-period rally.
Chicago (19-9) earned its fourth consecutive victory and won for the seventh time in eight games.
The Wizards (19-8) have lost two straight since matching the best start in franchise history. The Phoenix Suns snapped Washington’s eight-game home winning streak Sunday.
Rose and Wall, both former No. 1 overall draft picks, met for only the fifth time since Wall entered the league in 2010. Injuries, most recently to Rose’s knee, had prevented the two from playing in the same game since Jan. 30, 2012.
“It’s fun to have (Derrick) back out there,” Wall said. “It’s great for the game of basketball. Its great competition and a great battle for me. They came out with a win tonight. I would have been happier if we got the win.”
Cavaliers 125, Timberwolves 104
CLEVELAND — In their first meeting since headlining one of the NBA’s most talked-about offseason trades, Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins outshined Cleveland’s Kevin Love. But Cleveland pulled away late in the third quarter to secure its fourth victory on a five-game homestand.
Wiggins scored 27 points to lead Minnesota.
Love left briefly after banging his thumb against former teammate Gorgui Dieng under the basket, but Love returned and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Guard Kyrie Irving scored 29 points for Cleveland, and LeBron James scored 24.
Magic 100, Celtics 95
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tobias Harris scored 19 points to help Orlando snap a four-game losing streak.
Forward Kyle O’Quinn had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and center Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando.
The Celtics were led by center Tyler Zeller (22 points and 10 rebounds) and guard Avery Bradley (20 points).
Pacers 96, Pelicans 84
INDIANAPOLIS — Guard George Hill, who missed the season’s first 28 games with a knee injury, returned to lead Indiana with 15 points.
Center Roy Hibbert added 14 points and forwards Solomon Hill and David West each added 13.
New Orleans forward Anthony Davis led all scorers with 21 points.
Nets 102, Nuggets 96
NEW YORK — Forward Joe Johnson scored 27 points as Brooklyn beat Denver.
Johnson made 11 of 19 shots and hit three clutch shots in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson’s eighth game with at least 20 points.
Second-year center Mason Plumlee added 19 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double.
Point guard Ty Lawson had 29 points and eight assists for Denver, which dropped its sixth straight road game.
76ers 91, Heat 87
MIAMI — The 76ers, owners of the worst record in the NBA, rallied from a 23-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat Miami.
The 76ers (4-23) received a team-high 20 points from point guard Michael Carter-Williams en route to their second consecutive win.
Miami already has lost more home games than it did last season, when it went 32-9 in AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat’s home record is now 5-10.
Hawks 107, Clippers 104
ATLANTA — Forward DeMarre Carroll scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the second half to lead Atlanta to its fifth straight win.
Carroll made 9 of 12 shots and helped Atlanta overcome a 13-point second-half deficit. He also had 10 rebounds.
The Hawks also got 20 points and five rebounds from center Al Horford and 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from forward Paul Millsap.
The Clippers were led by forward Blake Griffin (21 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds) and center DeAndre Jordan (15 points and 22 rebounds). Point guard Chris Paul added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and shooting guard J.J. Redick added 18 points.
Trail Blazers 115, Thunder 111 (OT)
OKLAHOMA CITY — Damian Lillard scored 40 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation, and Portland went on to win in overtime.
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook also scored 40 points, but the Thunder lost a 13-point lead with five minutes left in regulation and suffered their third straight defeat.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and guard Wesley Matthews added 22 for the Blazers.
Guard Reggie Jackson added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder.
Hornets 108, Bucks 101
MILWAUKEE — Point guard Kemba Walker scored 27 points and shooting guard Gerald Henderson added 20 as the Hornets extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.
Charlotte, which had won each of its previous three games by at least 18 points, pulled away from a close game with a sterling third quarter. The Hornets shot just under 50 percent for the game but hit 11 of 17 in the quarter.
Suns 124, Mavericks 115
PHOENIX — Guard Goran Dragic scored 12 of his 25 points in the second quarter and the Suns pulled away in the second half to win their fourth straight game.
Guard Eric Bledsoe added his second career triple-double — and second this month — with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Suns, who had lost three straight and four of five at US Airways Center.
Center Tyson Chandler had a season-high 22 points and 13 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki matched him with 22 points for Dallas.
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