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Deng leads Bulls to 3rd win over Knicks

– Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points in the Chicago Bulls’ third victory over New York this season, a 108-101 win Friday that sent the Knicks to their season-high third straight loss.

Topping the 29 points he scored here last month, Deng shot 13 of 18 from the field and also led the defensive effort that contained Carmelo Anthony in the decisive first half.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points for the Bulls, whose offense won’t be at full strength until Derrick Rose is back from knee surgery, yet they still shot 57 percent.

Anthony ended up with 39 points for the Knicks, who were roughed up again a night after losing in Indiana.

Rose is practicing and nearing his return after tearing up his knee in the opener of last season’s playoffs. The Bulls have managed to stay among the top teams in the East without him, and three times have outclassed a Knicks team that has been in or near the conference lead all season.

Richard Hamilton had 14 points as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games.

J.R. Smith shot 4 of 17 for his 13 points as the Knicks lost for the fifth time in seven games. Tyson Chandler grabbed 18 rebounds.

PISTONS 103, BUCKS 87: In Milwaukee, Greg Monroe had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Knight scored 20 points as Detroit handed interim Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan his first loss.

Boylan took over the Bucks on Monday when the team and coach Scott Skiles decided to part ways. The Bucks won Tuesday and Wednesday with Boylan in charge.

CELTICS 103, ROCKETS 91: In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Kevin Garnett added 17 points and four blocks as Boston nearly blew a 17-point lead before pulling away.

The Celtics extended their season-high winning streak to five games but only after surviving a 12-0 run that pulled the Rockets within two points midway through the fourth quarter.

HAWKS 103, JAZZ 95: In Atlanta, Devin Harris scored a season-high 24 points and Atlanta rallied from a second-half deficit of 15 points to win.

The Hawks, who trailed 75-60 in the third quarter, took their first lead of the second half on consecutive baskets by Al Horford.

GRIZZLIES 101, SPURS 98, OT: In Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay hit a pullup jumper from 14 feet with 27.8 seconds left as Memphis won its fourth in a row.

Tony Parker forced overtime, beating the buzzer with a 27-footer tying it at 95.

He also opened overtime with a three that turned out to be the Spurs’ only bucket as San Antonio went 1 of 10 from the floor.

RAPTORS 99, BOBCATS 78: In Toronto, Alan Anderson scored 16 points, Jose Calderon had 15 and Toronto won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Amir Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds while Ed Davis had 12 points and eight boards for the Raptors, who led by as many as 24.

NETS 99, SUNS 79: In New York, Joe Johnson scored 19 points and MarShon Brooks added 17 points off the bench to lead Brooklyn to its fifth straight victory.

The Nets have won three straight games by 20 or more points for the first time in the team’s NBA history.

HORNETS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 92: In New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead New Orleans to its fourth straight victory.

Eric Gordon added 16 points for the Hornets, who have won five out of six with former IU star Gordon in the starting lineup.

NUGGETS 98, CAVALIERS 91: In Denver, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, hitting a three-pointer in the waning seconds, as Denver came back Friday night after trailing for the most of the game.

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