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Monday, April 4, 2011

Rose gets revenge for earlier loss to Raptors

CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose remembered the celebration the last time the Chicago Bulls met Toronto. He wasn't about to let the Raptors yuck it up this time.

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Going for it: Bulls guard Derrick Rose goes up for a layup against the Raptors on Saturday in Chicago. The Bulls won 113-106. AP PHOTO

Rose had 36 points and 10 assists, and Chicago took another step toward the top seed in the Eastern Conference with its 15th victory in 17 games, hanging on to beat the short-handed Raptors 113-106 on Saturday night.

The Bulls lead Miami by three games and Boston by 3 1/2. They also are within one of San Antonio for the NBA's best record after squeezing by one of the league's weakest teams.

Rose scored at least 30 for the third time in five games and got a measure of revenge for a perceived slight in a loss at Toronto in late February.

"I just remember them celebrating after they won back in Toronto," he said.

To Rose, it was embarrassing.

"When you see people celebrating when they normally don't do that if you watch other games after they win, it kind of gets to you, especially being the person that I am," he said. "I just try to feed off of anything, where by nature I'm just a quiet guy trying to get along with a lot of people."

Jerryd Bayless, charged with the unenviable task of guarding Rose, had nothing but praise for him.

"That's what an MVP is I guess," Bayless said. "I think he should be it. I can't speak highly enough about him."

Warriors 99, Mavericks 92

In Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis had 32 points, David Lee added 16 and Golden State beat Dallas to deliver a big blow to the Mavericks' chances of moving up to second in the Western Conference.

Grizzlies 106, Timberwolves 89

In Memphis, Zach Randolph scored 22 points and the Grizzlies won their fourth straight and seventh in eight games to move a half-game ahead of New Orleans for seventh place in the Western Conference.

Clippers 98, Thunder 92

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Eric Gordon capped an 18-point effort with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 43.2 seconds.

Bucks 93, 76ers 87 (OT)

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored nine of his 13 points in overtime for the Bucks after missing a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer.

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