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Bulls back on track

CHICAGO—This time, the Chicago Bulls dug in.

They let a big lead slip away in the second half, but made just enough plays down the stretch to win a game they needed in a big way.

Pau Gasol scored 24 points as the Bulls beat the L.A. Clippers 83-80 last night to snap a three-game losing streak.

“We have an opportunity here to do something special,” Gasol said.

Raptors solid in downing Spurs

TORONTO—From the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, the Toronto Raptors finally played with the consistency coach Dwane Casey has been crying out for.

And it paid off with a victory over one of the NBA’s best teams.

DeMar DeRozan netted 28 points as the Raptors led from the outset last night en route to a 97-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

More trades completed

NASHVILLE—The National League champion N.Y. Mets filled a key spot by obtaining second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh for pitcher Jon Niese.

The Detroit Tigers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Justin Wilson from the N.Y. Yankees in trades yesterday at the winter meetings.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, meanwhile, kept upgrading their rotation.

Warriors keep rolling along

NEW YORK—Golden State’s first game against the Nets went down to the wire—and the rematch seemed headed the same way.

Then with one of his electrifying flurries, Stephen Curry changed things in a hurry.

Curry scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Warriors ran their NBA-record start to 22-0 by beating Brooklyn 114-98 last night.