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Rose, Deng help Bulls beat Blazers in OT

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[February 27, 2010]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 33 points and Luol Deng added seven of his 23 in overtime to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 115-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Brandon Roy's jumper with 3:46 left in overtime gave the Blazers a 107-106 lead, but Kirk Hinrich answered for the Bulls with a driving layup, Deng made a fadeaway jumper, and Joakim Noah found Taj Gibson for a layup to put the Bulls up 112-107 with 2:09 remaining.

Portland came back and Roy tried for the lead but missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left. Deng finished on the other end to seal the game for the Bulls with a dunk.

The Bulls have won six of seven since the All-Star break.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a season-high 32 points and Roy added 23 for Portland.


The Bulls trailed 95-90 after Marcus Camby's dunk with 5:56 left in the fourth quarter, but they came back after Deng hit a jumper and made a pair of free throws. Rose then gave the Bulls a 96-95 lead with a layup.

Roy's jumper over Deng in the lane tied it with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Rose had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a layup with Aldridge contesting as the buzzer sounded.

Aldridge was the second overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Bulls, but the Bulls turned around and traded him for the rights of Portland's fourth pick in that year's draft, which ended up being Tyrus Thomas. The Bulls traded Thomas before last week's trade deadline to help clear cap space.

Deng, who scored a season-high 31 points for the Bulls in Wednesday's win over Indiana, played despite a swollen left knee.

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After missing seven games with plantar fasciitis, Noah has played sparingly in four games as he tries to return to full strength. When he was on the bench, the Blazers took advantage. Aldridge had 26 points through the first three quarters on 12 of 17 shooting.

Noah finished with 11 rebounds in 27 minutes and slowed down Aldridge in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls led 52-51 at the half. Hakim Warrick had 11 points off the bench in the first half for the Bulls. He finished with 15 points.

Aldridge led the Blazers with 18 points in the first half. He was 8 for 10 from the field.

NOTES: Camby was back in the Portland starting lineup after missing Wednesday's win at Toronto. He finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.


[Associated Press]

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