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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Out of reach: Los Angeles' DeAndre Jordan (right) strips the ball from Minnesota's Kevin Love during the Timberwolves' 109-97 win over the Clippers on Tuesday. AP

MVP Rose saves Bulls with clutch bucket in waning seconds


CHICAGO — Derrick Rose broke for the corner, got the pass from Joakim Noah on a play they'd worked on in practice and let fly with a high arching jumper. The ball caught the rim, came back and fell through.

Rose's shot with 19.4 seconds to play Tuesday night put the Chicago Bulls ahead and was part of a closing 8-0 run they needed to beat the New Orleans Hornets 99-95.

It was Rose to the rescue for the Bulls in a sluggish first game back from the All-Star break. He had 32 points, six in the finishing run that came after the Hornets had scored 13 straight to take a four-point lead.

"I take crazy shots like that in practice all the time, they just give me confidence to take those shots where they are looking for me," Rose said. "We work on that in the end of practice. I stepped back and tried to shoot the ball up as high as I could."

Celtics 86, Cavaliers 83

In Cleveland, Ray Allen scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and Boston beat the Cavaliers to snap a five-game losing streak.

Nets 93, Mavericks 92

In Dallas, Brook Lopez scored 38 points in only his third game back from a broken right foot, and made the go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds left for New Jersey.

Pacers 102, Warriors 78

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 25 points to help Indiana win its fifth straight.

76ers 97, Pistons 68

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Thaddeus Young scored 12 of his 20 points in a pivotal second quarter and All-Star Andre Iguodala had 12 points, six assists and four steals to help Philadelphia snap a five-game losing streak.

Rockets 88, Raptors 85

In Houston, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, Luis Scola had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets beat Toronto.

Bucks 119, Wizards 118

In Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova scored on a tip-in with 2.2 seconds left and Milwaukee handed Washington its fifth consecutive defeat.

Kings 103, Jazz 96

In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Kings celebrated a possible new arena deal with a victory over the Jazz.

Timberwolves 109, Clippers 97

In Los Angeles, Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley each scored 27 points, teaming up to lead a fourth-quarter shooting barrage as Minnesota beat the Pacific Division-leading Clippers.

Wade issues apology


MIAMI — Insisting he meant no harm, Dwyane Wade revealed Tuesday that he has apologized to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant multiple times for a blood-drawing, nose-breaking foul during the All-Star game. Bryant was diagnosed with a concussion on Tuesday.

The first of those apologies, Wade said, came during the game when he saw Bryant's face had been bloodied. Wade also said he sent the Lakers' star a message after the game in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday night.

Wade said critics who questioned why he never offered an apology for the play — the likes of which seemed to be something not typical in an All-Star game setting — simply made incorrect assumptions.

"I don't care what I'm portrayed as," Wade said after Miami's first practice following the league's All-Star break. "It's unfortunate, obviously. I don't want to ever hurt anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. It's unfortunate. I send my apologies. But it's not intentional. If it's something I did intentionally, it'd be a different story."

Bryant, who stayed in the game after the Wade hit, is not expected to miss any games.

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