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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Rose puts on show at MSG


NEW YORK — Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony are both All-Star starters. Only Rose is the reigning MVP, and he was the one who owned Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

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Elevation: New York's Amare Stoudemire goes up for a shot against Chicago's Omer Asik in the first quarter on Thursday night. The Bulls won 105-102. AP

Rose had 32 points, 13 assists and a basket seemingly every time the Knicks were poised to rally in the Bulls' 105-102 victory.

"Every time I step on the court, they're coming at me," Rose said. "I love it where it's a challenge like that. I'm not backing away from it, and I don't want them to back away from it. It's just 'be on' every night."

This night brought relief for a Chicago team in the middle of a nine-game road trip and more distress for New York and its embattled coach, who opened a back-to-back-to-back with their 10th loss in 12 games.

"For the most part, we played extremely hard tonight," Anthony said. "We've got to pat ourselves on the back for something. We can go and magnify the turnovers late in the second quarter; we still had a chance to win the basketball game."

Rose had 15 of his points in the fourth quarter, scoring on three straight possessions during one spectacular 79-second burst. He split Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to flip in a shot from past the backboard, then hit a 3-pointer to put the Bulls up 95-88 with less than 6 minutes left.

Stoudemire had a season-high 34 points and 11 rebounds but missed a shot from beyond his normal range — a 3-point attempt with 11.9 seconds remaining — that would have tied the score.

"He can make that shot as well as anybody," coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Said Stoudemire: "That shot normally falls for me."

Anthony had 26 points but just four in the fourth quarter and missed a desperation 3 at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime. Twice in the last 92 seconds with the Knicks trailing by three, he had his shot blocked.

Spurs 93, Hornets 81

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs won their third in a row, beating New Orleans.

Tiago Splitter added 16 points and Danny Green had 11 off the bench for San Antonio, which improved to an NBA-best 12-1 at home.

Nuggets 112, Clippers 91

In Los Angeles, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including all five of his 3-pointers, and Denver beat the Clippers.

Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 18 points and Chris Paul added 15 points and nine assists

Earlier Thursday, Griffin and Paul were voted to the starting lineup for the All-Star Game, giving the Clippers two players on the team for the first time since 1976.

Warriors 119, Jazz 101

In Oakland, Stephen Curry scored 29 points and had a season-high 12 assists and Monta Ellis added 33 points.

David Lee added 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors.

Paul Milsap had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah.

Kings 95, Trail Blazers 92

In Sacramento, Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and John Salmons had a season-high 19 for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost four straight on the road,.

Tyreke Evans scored 18 points, and Jason Thompson added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento.

Grizzlies 96, Hawks 77

In Atlanta, Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead five Memphis players in double figures and the Grizzlies blew out the listless Hawks.

Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo scored 18 apiece for Memphis, while Mike Conley had 15.

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