Rose blooms for Bulls, Wade in hot form

Derrick Rose scored 29 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98, while the Hornets, Heat, Jazz and Trail Blazers were all victorious in Thursday's NBA action.

Rose's haul included five rebounds and seven assists, while Kevin Durant's 33 points – featuring six rebounds and five assists were in vain for Oklahoma.

Miami Heat recorded a 96-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves although the result of the match was still in the balance until Dwyane Wade extended Heat's advantage from three to 12 points in the final minutes.

Shabazz Muhammad was the lone light for the Timberwolves, scoring 14 points with six rebounds and a solitary assist.

The Charlotte Hornets triumphed over the Dallas Mavericks by virtue of a 108-94 scoreline after Al Jefferson's 31-point haul handed the Hornets their first victory in Dallas this century.

Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points while Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Zaza Pachulia led the scoring for the Mavericks with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 96-84 after a virtuoso performance Gordon Hayward. He scored 20 points in total including seven in the final quarter as the Utah outfit pulled away from the Nuggets in the final quarter.

In Memphis, the Portland Trail Blazers proved too strong for the Grizzlies, claiming a 115-96 win after Damian Lillard scored 27 points, which included seven three-pointers. 

Memphis were leading 23-18 after the first quarter, but lost their way in the rest of the match as Lillard scored 14 points in less than seven minutes.

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