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CHICAGO (AP) -- Luol Deng scored 22 points, Richard Hamilton added 19 and the Chicago Bulls held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-83 on Saturday night.
The victory by the Bulls (48-16) gave them a 2 1-2 game lead over Miami for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Chicago has two regular-season games left, against Indiana and Cleveland.
Bulls star guard Derrick Rose returned to the lineup after sitting out three games with a right footankle injury and he had 11 points with eight assists in 32 minutes.
Defending NBA champion Dallas, which clinched a playoff berth on Thursday night when Houston lost, was playing the second game of a back-to-back, so veteran guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry sat out to rest.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points and Rodrigue Beaubois, starting in place of Kidd, added 16 -- 10 in the final quarter.
Deng's 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer capped an 11-0 run and gave the Bulls a 66-56 lead. But Dallas rallied as Vince Carter had nine points and Brandan Wright's follow-up basket cut the lead to 75-72 with just under 6 minutes remaining.
Joakim Noah and Rose scored for the Bulls before Kyle Korver hit his third 3-pointer of the game to restore the lead to nine points. Deng then hit a 3-pointer from the corner with just under 2 minutes left and Chicago had a 90-79 lead.
Nowitzki's eight second-quarter points helped the Mavs close a 13-point deficit down to six by halftime.
Hamilton had 10 points and Carlos Boozer eight as Chicago opened a 21-8 lead after one quarter -- the Mavericks' lowest scoring quarter of the season.
NOTES: Rose said he just wants to get his rhythm back in the few regular-season games left. "The team is playing all right. They are playing good basketball, I'm just trying to fit in, trying to still be a part of this team and do whatever it takes to win," he said. Rose has missed 26 games this season with an assortment of injuries and Chicago is 17-9 in those games. ... Beaubois injured his left hand as he was guarding Ronnie Brewer and left the game with 7:32 left in the first half. He returned about 4 minutes later with two of his fingers taped. ... Fans cheered loudly when the public address announcer congratulated White Sox pitcher Phil Humber on his perfect game in Seattle on Saturday. The final pitch was shown on the video screen above the court.
BEST OF MAXIM
If you're a Derrick Rose fan, you might want to pick up a May copy of GQ as the Bulls guard graces the cover.Below is Rose's cover picture and you must take a gander at the cover story written by Will Leitch as it is one informative piece: (Courtesy of The Basketball Jones)
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Saturday's home game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Rose has been sidelined for the past three games due to a foot injury, the latest physical setback that has caused him to miss 26 games this season.
The reigning MVP is averaging 22.5 points and 7.9 assists for Chicago, which enters Saturday's game with...
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose returned to the lineup Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks after missing the three previous games with a right foot/ankle injury.
Rose, last season's MVP who has missed 26 games this season with an assortment of injuries, is averaging 22.5 points. He has also been sidelined this season with toe, back and groin injuries. Chicago began play...
Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls lineup after sitting out three games with a right foot/ankle injury to score 11 points with eight assists in 32 minutes, Luol Deng scored 22 points, Richard Hamilton added 19 and the Chicago Bulls held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-83 on Saturday night.
The victory by the Bulls (48-16) gave them a 2 1/2 game lead over...
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