NBA Wrap: Butler leads Bulls to Lakers win

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Jimmy Butler was in impressive form for the Chicago Bulls, while the Pelicans, Grizzles, Raptors, Nuggets and Pacers were all victorious in Thursday’s NBA action.

A Butler double-double of 26 points and 10 assists led the Bulls to a wire-to-wire 114-91 win in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Julis Brundle was the most impressive player on what was a disappointing night for the Lakers with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The New Orleans Pelicans were 114-105 winners against the Sacramento Kings, thanks largely to the 18-point gap they had opened up by the end of the first quarter. Ryan Anderson contributed 36 points and nine rebounds to the Pelicans cause, while DeMarcus Cousins’ 26-point 10-rebound double-double wasn’t enough to give the Kings a late lead.

The Memphis Grizzlies were far too strong for the Milwaukee Bucks, winning 103-83 after trailing 27-23 in the opening quarter.

Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and claimed 10 assists as Toronto Raptors beat New York Knicks 103-93 in what was the Canadians’ 10th successive win.

The Denver Nuggets survived a late rally but held on to beat the Washington Wizards 117-113. The Nuggets had a comfortable 12-point advantage going into the fourth quarter, before going down 34-26 in a nervous final stanza.

Finally, the Indiana Pacers claimed a comfortable 111-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks, with Monta Ellis’ 25 points, five rebounds and six assists key to the result.