Highlights of Thursday's NBA games

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:30 PM

(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.

Davis paired 30 points with 14 rebounds while adding five blocks and two steals in carrying the Pelicans (13-12).

Rockets guard James Harden scored 21 points but made just 8-of-23 shots from the floor after performing brilliantly during a recent run of wins for Houston (19-6).

(Editing by Jahmal Corner)