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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012

Rose nets season-high 34 as Bulls top Bucks


CHICAGO — Derrick Rose got motivated, got aggressive, and got the Chicago Bulls another win over the Milwaukee Bucks before a big road trip.

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Stopping on a dime: Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday drives against Charlotte's Cory Higgins in the second half on Friday night. The 76ers beat the Bobcats 89-72. AP

Rose scored a season-high 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 107-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

"I thought he was very aggressive and that set the tone for us," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He is feeling a lot better and he was in attack mode."

Rose outdueled Milwaukee counterpart Brandon Jennings, hitting 14 of 24 from the floor and scoring 18 of his points in the second half.

"I talked to Thibs before the game, at shootaround, and he was showing me film of me just attacking," Rose said. "That's what I tried to do out there."

The Bulls are set to leave for a season-longest nine-game road trip, beginning with a showdown Sunday in Miami against the Heat.

Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Joakim Noah added 15 points and 16 rebounds as Chicago bounced back from its first home loss of the season against Indiana on Wednesday.

"When we lose a game, guys are amped up to come out and play again," Rose said. "You can tell just at practice. Everybody is just focused in."

Jennings led Milwaukee with 25 points and seven rebounds. Rookie Jon Leuer scored all 19 of his points in the second half.

Thunder 120, Warriors 109

In Oakland, Kevin Durant had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Russell Westbrook dazzled with 28 points and 11 assists and NBA-leading Oklahoma City started a critical road stretch with a victory over Golden State.

James Harden scored 19 points off the bench and Westbrook added six rebounds in the Thunder's fourth straight win. Oklahoma City pulled away with a 14-3 run late in the fourth quarter to begin a string of nine of 11 away from home.

Dorell Wright scored 23 and David Lee had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors. Rookie center Jeremy Tyler had season-high totals in points (six), minutes (14:49) and assists (two), and the former Tokyo Apache player also grabbed three rebounds.

Heat 99, Knicks 89

In Miami, LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade scored 28 in his return from a sprained right ankle, and the Heat beat 3-point-obsessed New York.

Hawks 107, Pistons (101 (OT)

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Joe Johnson scored 28 of his 30 points after halftime, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation, and Atlanta beat Detroit.

Nets 99, Cavaliers 96

In Cleveland, Deron Williams scored 27 points and New Jersey won consecutive games for the first time this season with a victory over the Cavaliers.

Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 32 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, for Cleveland.

Timberwolves 87, Spurs 79

In Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and dished out 10 assists to lift the Timberwolves to a victory over San Antonio.

Kevin Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 14 points and 10 boards for the Wolves.

Trail Blazers 109, Suns 71

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and seven rebounds and the Trail Blazers blew out Phoenix for their sixth straight win at home.

Gerald Wallace added 17 points, Wesley Matthews had 16 and Nicolas Batum added 14 for the Blazers (12-8). Marcus Camby had 20 rebounds and was the only Blazers player who didn't score on a night where both benches emptied early.


Celtics 94, Pacers 87

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets as the Celtics ran off 11 consecutive points to pull away and beat Indiana.

Pierce added 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Boston win its fourth consecutive game despite playing without starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal.

76ers 89, Bobcats 72

In Philadelphia, Lou Williams scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday had 15 to help the 76ers defeat lowly Charlotte.

Rockets 103, Wizards 76

In Houston, Chase Budinger scored a season-high 21 points and Luis Scola added 19 points to help the Rockets blow out Washington.

Hornets 93, Magic 67

In New Orleans, Carl Landry scored 17 points and the Hornets snapped a nine-game losing streak with a victory over the Magic.

Marco Belinelli added 15 points and Jason Smith 14 for New Orleans, which won for only the fourth time this season against 15 losses. Jarrett Jack added 11 points and nine assists.

Dwight Howard had 28 points and 16 rebounds, but was the only player in double figures for the Magic.

Nuggets 96, Raptors 81

In Denver, Rudy Fernandez scored a season-high 23 in his return from a sore Achilles as the Nuggets beat the short-handed Raptors.

Mavericks 116, Jazz 101

In Dallas, Roddy Beaubois had a season-high 22 points and Lamar Odom added 19 points, his most since joining the Mavericks at the start of the season, to lead the hosts over Utah.

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