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Monday, March 22, 2010

Rose returns strong as Bulls beat Sixers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ninety minutes before the tip-off, Derrick Rose was flexing his wrist in the locker room. He then flexed his All-Star form in a game the Chicago Bulls separately needed to win.

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In your face: Mavericks forward Caron Butler dunks on Celtics center Kendrick Perkins during the third quarter of their game on Saturday. AP PHOTO

Rose scored 23 points in his return from a sprained left wrist, and Chicago snapped its losing streak at 10 games with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

"I've been working out and doing a lot of running, but it was just great to be back with the team," Rose said.

Kirk Hinrich added 17 points and 11 assists, Brad Miller had 16 points, and Hakim Warrick 13 for the Bulls, 2 1/2 games behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Rose who sparked the Bulls with a 9-for-16 shooting performance, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers.

"I got a lot of open shots," Rose said. "It seemed like they were giving me the shots. I was open. I had to take them."

Marreese Speights had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers have lost 12 of their last 14 games and are 11-23 at home.

Samuel Dalembert added 16 points for Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala had 11, and Jrue Holiday had 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

"We just didn't have it," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said.

Chicago built a 21-point lead and had a 77-62 advantage after the third quarter.

Joakim Noah and Miller scored consecutive baskets to open the fourth to quickly put the Bulls back ahead by 19. The Sixers, 1 of 17 from 3-point range, never got within single digits the rest of the way.

"As a team, we have to do a better job," Dalembert said. "We have to recognize situations and play better."

Rose missed the Bulls' previous four games, while Noah returned after missing 10 straight games because of a left foot injury.

"Having Rose and Noah back really helped," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. "It was a nice win, knowing what we've been through."

Raptors 100, Nets 90

In East Rutherford, N.J., Chris Bosh scored 36 points and Toronto handed New Jersey its seventh straight loss and 13th in a row at home.

Heat 77, Bobcats 71

In Miami, Quentin Richardson scored all 18 of his points on 3-pointers, Michael Beasley added 16 points and the Heat moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics 102, Mavericks 93

In Dallas, Paul Pierce scored 29 points, Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Boston stretched its winning streak to four games.

Bucks 102, Nuggets 97

In Denver, Carlos Delfino had 26 points, and John Salmons added 21 to make up for Andrew Bogut's off-night for Milwaukee.

Bogut, who averages 16.3 points and 10.4 rebounds, was limited to two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

Grizzlies 123, Warriors 107

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 25 points, and O.J. Mayo added 21 to help the Grizzlies hand Golden State its 13th consecutive road loss.

Jazz 106, Hornets 86

In Salt Lake City, Paul Millsap had 22 points and 15 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 19 points, and Deron Williams added 17 points and 11 assists for Utah.

The Jazz pulled away with a 17-1 run at the end of the second quarter and led by 35 in the second half.

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