Highlights of Thursday's NBA games

Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:47am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Basketball Association games:

Bulls 103, Knicks 97

Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points and added seven assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a win against the New York Knicks.

Chicago (16-9) played without guard Derrick Rose, who was sick, while the Knicks (5-23) were without forward Carmelo Anthony because of a sore left knee.

Pau Gasol added 20 points for the Bulls while Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 23 points.

Pelicans 99, Rockets 90

Anthony Davis delivered an exceptional two-way performance as the New Orleans Pelicans fought off the Houston Rockets.   Continued...

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) during the second half at United Center. The Chicago Bulls defeat the New York Knicks 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports