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Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011

Bulls outmuscle Mavs

CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose didn't like the way the Chicago Bulls played against the Dallas Mavericks. He was just glad to get the win.

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Peripheral vision: Charlotte's Boris Diaw passes around Philadelphia's Spencer Hawes on Thursday night. The Bobcats beat the 76ers 100-97. AP PHOTO

Rose scored 26 points on 9-for-28 shooting as the Bulls beat the Mavericks 82-77 on Thursday night in a physical, grinding game.

"A win is a win," Rose said. "Everything that went on in that game was kind of terrible, except the way we played defense."

Rose, shouldering a larger-than-usual share of the offensive load in the absence of injured forward Carlos Boozer, was just 5-for-20 in the second half as he tried to spark a sluggish Chicago attack.

"Coach (Tom Thibodeau) was mad because he didn't think I was shooting enough (in the first half)," Rose said. "So I just tried to be aggressive in the second half."

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was pleased that the Mavericks made Rose work for his points.

"He scored a lot of points, but he had to take 28 shots to do it," Carlisle said. "Our guys worked hard."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points to lead Dallas, while Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson added 12 points apiece. Stevenson took all 10 of his shots from 3-point range, hitting four.

Nowitzki started his fourth straight game after missing more than two weeks with a knee injury.

"Just gotta get my legs under me and just work my way back into it," Nowitzki said. "It's probably gonna take a few more games but it's improving."

The Bulls played their third straight game without Boozer, who sprained his ankle in a win over Miami last Saturday. Gibson started again in Boozer's place and struggled, scoring four points on 2-for-7 shooting.

Bobcats 100, 76ers 97

In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 31 points, including four free throws in the final 11 seconds, and Gerald Henderson added three big baskets late, as the Bobcats beat Philadelphia.

Avenging an overtime defeat to the 76ers four days earlier, Charlotte won its second straight game the same night it found out forward Tyrus Thomas would be out up two months with a knee injury.

Thaddeus Young scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia, which rallied from an eight-point deficit to take the lead before Henderson hit three consecutive jumpers.

Andre Iguodala added 19 points, but missed a free throw and a jumper in the final minute in the Sixers' second straight loss.

Blazers 108, Clippers 93

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds, Wesley Matthews added 28 points and the Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles to match a season high with their fourth straight win.

Eric Gordon had 35 points for Los Angeles despite playing with an injured tendon on the ring finger of his shooting hand. Blake Griffin added 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Baron Davis had 16 points.

Raptors buy out Peja

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have completed a buyout of Peja Stojakovic's contract, making the former All-Star forward a free agent.

Stojakovic was acquired from New Orleans in November and played just two games for the Raptors before being sidelined with a knee injury.

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