Derrick Rose had 36 points and 10 assists, and the Bulls took another step toward the top seed in the Eastern Conference with their 15th win in 17 games, hanging on to beat the shorthanded Toronto Raptors, 113-106, last night in Chicago.
The Bulls (56-20) lead Miami by three games and Boston by 3 1/2. They also are within one of San Antonio for the NBA’s best record after squeezing by one of the league’s weakest teams.
Rose came up big after scoring 27 points the previous night in a win at Detroit, and Tom Thibodeau broke Phil Jackson’s club record for wins by a first-year coach.
Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 10 rebounds despite early foul trouble. Luol Deng scored 17 points, Taj Gibson had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kyle Korver came up big down the stretch to finish with 10 points.
Grizzlies 106, Timberwolves 89 — Zach Randolph scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo had 20, and host Memphis sent Minnesota to its 10th straight loss.
Tony Allen added 12 points for Memphis and Leon Powe finished with 11.
The Timberwolves played without leading scorer and rebounder Kevin Love (left groin injury).
Warriors 99, Mavericks 92 — Monta Ellis had 32 points, David Lee added 16 and host Golden State handed Dallas its second straight loss, a big blow to the Mavericks’ chances of moving up to second in the Western Conference.
Clippers 98, Thunder 92 — Blake Griffin had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Eric Gordon capped an 18-point effort with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 43.2 seconds left to lift host Los Angeles.
Bucks 93, 76ers 87 — Brandon Jennings scored 9 of his 13 points in overtime and Milwaukee rallied to defeat visiting Philadelphia, helping keep the Bucks’ faint playoff hopes alive.