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Bulls pull away from Pistons

– Luol Deng scored 20 points, Joakim Noah added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 83-71 on Friday night.

The Bulls scored the final eight points after the Pistons closed within four with just under 5 minutes left and came away with their 14th straight win against Detroit. In the process, they improved their league-best record to 42-11 even though star Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton remained sidelined by injuries.

Deng came through again after scoring 22 in in a lopsided win over Atlanta on Wednesday and Noah was his usual relentless self, helping Chicago win again despite all its bumps and bruises.

WIZARDS 97, 76ERS 76: In Washington, Cartier Martin tied a career-high with 20 points in his second game under a 10-day contract to help Washington break a five-game losing streak.

The loss knocked Philadelphia out of first place in the Atlantic Division.

HEAT 113, RAPTORS 101: In Toronto, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored 30 points each as Miami beat Toronto for the seventh straight time.

MAVERICKS 100, MAGIC 98: In Orlando, Fla., Dirk Nowitzki banked in a jumper with 5.9 seconds left and scored a game-high 28 points to lead Dallas. The Mavericks trailed by 15 points in the third quarter.

NUGGETS 99, BOBCATS 88: In Charlotte, N.C., Arron Afflalo scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to lead Denver.

HAWKS 100, KNICKS 90: In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 28 points as Atlanta beat New York and former Hawks coach Mike Woodson.

Willie Green scored 15 of his 20 points in the final period for the Hawks.

CELTICS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 79: In Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in his return to Target Center to lead Boston.

Paul Pierce had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 17 assists for the Celtics, who have won four in a row.

BUCKS 121, CAVALIERS 84: In Cleveland, Brandon Jennings scored 28 points to lead Milwaukee’s rout.

Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 29 points to lead Cleveland before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sprained right shoulder.

ROCKETS 98, GRIZZLIES 89: In Houston, Goran Dragic scored a season-high 25 points and Courtney Lee added 17 as Houston beat Memphis for the 12th straight time at home.