Bulls beat Pacers to top NBA's East

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DeMar DeRozan has made a 28-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Chicago Bulls a 108-106 victory at the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

It was Chicago's sixth straight win and moves them equal with Patty Mills' Brooklyn Nets (23-10) at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

DeRozan led the Bulls with 28 points, hitting just eight of 24 shots but 11 of 12 free throws, while Coby White added 24 points and Zach LaVine 17.

"I always think about the next opportunity and try to capitalise on that the best I can," DeRozan, referring to missing opportunities late in a game, said.

In Boston, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 24 points as the Celtics stopped a three-game NBA slide by beating the Phoenix Suns 123-108.

Brown also grabbed 11 rebounds and Smart finished with eight assists, helping the home side bounce back from a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We played some great basketball down the stretch," Brown said.

"We played with a nice flow and a nice identity. It made the game so much easier."

The Celtics (17-19) were without leading scorer Jayson Tatum while Devin Booker had 22 points and Cam Johnson 20 for Phoenix (27-8) who drop to second in the West, half a game behind the Golden State Warriors.

Neither Australia's Joe Ingles or compatriot Josh Giddey featured in wins for Utah or Oklahoma City.

Ingles missed the Jazz's 120-108 home success against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a lower back complaint while Giddey was absent from the Thunder's 95-80 win over the visiting New York Knicks, placed on the health and safety protocols list for a third game in a row.

Elsewhere, the Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 112-96 with Aussie Josh Green contributing eight points, two rebounds and one assist for Dallas while fellow Boomers star Jock Landale had three points, one rebound and one assist in the San Antonio Spurs' 118-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The LA Lakers thrashed the Portland Trail Blazers 139-106 thanks to a double-double from LeBron James (43 points, 14 rebounds) and a Russell Westbrook triple-double (15 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists).

The Miami Heat (23-13) moved up to fourth in the East with their fifth consecutive victory, a 120-110 triumph at the Houston Rockets led by Jimmy Butler's 37 points.

The Atlanta Hawks enjoyed a 121-118 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers with Trae Young and Kevin Love leading their respective sides with 35 points while the Toronto Raptors were 116-108 victors over the LA Clippers.

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