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01/14/2012 10:36 PM EST
Rose leads Bulls to 77-64 win over Raptors
CHICAGO 77, TORONTO 64

CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose had 18 points and 11 assists,
leading the Chicago Bulls to a 77-64 victory over the Toronto
Raptors on Saturday night.



Rose keyed a seven-point burst to open the fourth period,
assisting on three straight field goals. John Lucas III hit a
3-pointer and Taj Gibson scored twice, opening up an 11-point
lead for Chicago.



Carlos Boozer added 17 points and Luol Deng had 14 points for
Chicago, which won its fifth straight and improved to a
league-best 12-2. Taj Gibson scored nine of his 11 points in the
fourth.



The Bulls are 5-0 at home for the first time since opening the
1996-97 season with seven straight wins at the United Center.
Chicago has held its opponents to just 66.8 points game on its
home court.



DeMar DeRozan and Leandro Barbosa scored 15 points each for
Toronto, which dropped its fourth straight.



Chicago was played its ninth game in 12 days, something the
Bulls hadn't done since 1972. Chicago is 8-1 over that span.



Toronto played for the seventh time in nine nights.



Chicago led by four entering the fourth quarter, an unusually
close game for a team that had won all four of its home games by
an average of 20 points per game.



Rose took over with his playmaking, scoring just two points but
notching five assists in the final period as Chicago went on a
19-6 run to start the period.



The Raptors didn't score from the foul line until Linas Kleiza
made a free throw with 7:14 to go in the fourth. Toronto was
just 1 for 7 from the line in game and was whistled for 15 fouls
to only seven for Chicago.



Chicago shot 55 percent and led by 13 points in the opening
period, but fell flat in the second, shooting just 30 percent
from the floor.



Former Bulls player James Johnson capped a 10-2 second quarter
surge with a jumper, putting Toronto ahead. Johnson scored 10
points in the first half, surpassing his season high of eight
points for a full game.



Rose scored seven points in the first quarter and keyed a
nine-point run with a pullup 3-pointer in transition as Chicago
jumped out to a 23-14 lead.



The game was tied 37-all at the break and the pace didn't pick
up much in the third. Rose scored seven points in the period,
but both teams shot under 40 percent.



NOTES: Bulls guards Richard Hamilton (sore left groin) and C.J.
Watson (left elbow strain) each missed the game. Bulls coach Tom
Thibodeau said he wants to avoid pushing Hamilton, who has
missed eight of Chicago's last nine games, into action until the
13-year veteran is completely healed. . Watson may return to
action as soon as Monday. Thibodeau said he'd like for Watson to
go through at least one practice before playing in a game. . The
Raptors played without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani for the
second straight game because of a left calf strain. Coach Dwane
Casey said Bargnani, who is averaging a career-best 22.3 points
per game, is as day to day but his injury is not as serious as
the Raptors initially feared. . With backup point guard Jerryd
Bayless still out with a sprained left ankle, Casey said he will
continue to mix wing player Gary Forbes in at the position. .
Neither team made a free throw until Chicago's Carlos Boozer
sank one to complete a three-point play with 9:41 to go in the
third quarter.

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