Bulls end skid...Heat continue Christmas Day success

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 105-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Derrick Rose added 19 points to help the Bulls snap a three-game losing streak.

MIAMI (AP) — There's something about Christmas Day and the Miami Heat that just clicks. The Heat posted their seventh straight Christmas Day victory by outlasting New Orleans 94-88 in overtime as— Chris Bosh scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors, sporting a gaudy 27-1 mark in the NBA campaign, take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of last season's NBA Finals. The Warriors are 13-0 at home.

HOUSTON (AP) —There's an intra-Texas battle tonight in the NBA when the San Antonio Spurs visit Houston to take on the Rockets. San Antonio has reeled off seven straight wins to pad its lead atop the Southwest Division.

NEW YORK (AP)— For the fourth time in her illustrious tennis career, Serena Williams is The Associated Press female athlete of the year. The No. 1 ranked player rolled up 50 first place votes in the balloting after coming within two wins of being the first Grand Slam winner in over 25 years.

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