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Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

No thorns for Rose as Bulls top Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) That ankle injury in the preseason set a bad tone, and Derrick Rose's recent rib problem drew a few more groans around Chicago.

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Block party: Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) blocks a dunk attempt by the Hawks' Josh Smith during their game on Saturday in Chicago. AP PHOTO

This, however, should ease concerns.

Rose scored a career-high 32 points and the Bulls overcame a season-high 40 points from Joe Johnson to beat Atlanta 101-98 in overtime Saturday night and snap the Hawks' six-game win streak.

"I guess I did what I'm supposed to do out there tonight and we were able to win," Rose said.

He didn't want to talk about his numbers, no matter how impressive they were.

The Bulls, who trailed by as much as 14 in the first half, momentarily took the lead in the fourth. They then fell behind by nine before making another run.

Rose scored the tying basket in regulation, then hit two free throws with 10.8 seconds left in overtime to seal it for Chicago.

Lakers 103, Nets 84

In East Rutherford, N.J., Kobe Bryant had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead Los Angeles to a victory over the Nets on in a matchup of the NBA's best and worst teams.

The Nets dropped their seventh straight, but the game was competitive into the third quarter.

Spurs 100, Pacers 99

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan dunked over Roy Hibbert with 4.6 seconds left to give Spurs coach Gregg Popovich his 700th career win.

Suns 121, Wizards 95

In Phoenix, Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter Saturday night, and the Suns improved to 10-0 at home.

Jazz 110, Bobcats 102

In Charlotte, Deron Williams had 23 points and 10 assists, and Carlos Boozer added 22 points and 11 rebounds as Utah bounced back from a miserable loss.

Boozer and Williams combined for eight points and as many turnovers on 3-of-15 shooting before being benched in the third quarter with the rest of Utah's starters in a blowout loss at Atlanta.

Magic 92, Trail Blazers 83

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 12 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks, and Rashard Lewis added 15 points for the Magic.

Kings 96, Bucks 95

In Milwaukee, Tyreke Evans made a reverse layup around Andrew Bogut with 0.9 seconds left to lift Sacramento in a game that featured the NBA's top two rookies.

Rockets 95, Thunder 90

In Houston, Trevor Ariza scored 31 points and hit five 3-pointers, and the Rockets nearly blew a 17-point, third-quarter lead before holding on.

Clippers 112, 76ers 107 (OT)

In Philadelphia, Chris Kaman scored 24 points and Baron Davis added 20 for Los Angeles.

The Clippers blew a 16-point, third-quarter lead and nearly lost on Andre Iguodala's jumper as time expired in the fourth. The shot was waived off after it was ruled Iguodala did not get it off in time.

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