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American Basketball Seventh heaven for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA

The Chicago Bulls notched a seventh win in a row on Monday, defeating the fast-finishing Indiana Pacers 92-90.

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The Bulls started strongly to lead 47-35 at half-time in Indiana and although the home side fought back in the last quarter, Chicago held on for their 10th win in 11 NBA matches.

Jimmy Butler top-scored for the Bulls with 27 points, including a three-pointer with just over a minute to play that gave the visitors the decisive lead, while Pau Gasol chipped in with 20 for Chicago.

For the hosts, Chris Copeland led the way with 17 points.

Chicago sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 22-9 win-loss record after Monday's triumph, just half a game behind the second-placed Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards, who are in third, both with 22-8 records.

Washington also had to hold off fast-finishing opponents, edging out the Houston Rockets 104-103 after leading by 11 points with a quarter to play.

The home-town Rockets scored 36 points in the last term to almost force overtime, with James Harden scoring 13, including Houston's last nine.

But Houston were unable to claim the lead, however, with Bradley Beal scoring 33 points for the victorious Wizards, while John Wall (13 points, 12 assists) produced a double-double for the visitors.

Harden finished with 33 points with Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza (both 15) providing support.

In Charlotte, the Milwaukee Bucks blitzed overtime to knock off the home-town Hornets 104-94.

The scores were locked at 83-all at the end of regulation but Charlotte had no answer for the rampaging Bucks in the extra period with Brandon Knight finishing the game with 18 points for the visitors.

In other results, Dwyane Wade missed a game-winning shot on the buzzer as the Miami Heat went down 102-101 to the Orlando Magic, while the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 107-99 and the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed 101-97 against the Utah Jazz.

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