LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Bulls, 86-67, in Chicago, Thursday for their season-high ninth straight win.

James also had seven assists.

Dwyane Wade added 17 points, and the Heat took control in the first half, sending the Bulls to their fifth loss in seven games on a night when the Derrick Rose recovery story took another twist.

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After saying last week that he wouldn’t rush back from his knee injury to play this season if he wasn’t ready, Rose had to go into damage control mode after his older brother, Reggie, blasted the organization in an ESPNChicago.com article for not making a move before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Spurs 116, Clippers 90 — Tony Parker scored 31 points and visiting San Antonio won its fifth straight, blowing away Los Angeles.

It was the Spurs’ first victory over the Clippers this season after three games.

Parker had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season-best with 59-percent shooting, hit eight 3-pointers and made 22 of 28 free throws.