Derrick Rose scored 26 points as the Bulls beat the Dallas Mavericks, 82-77, last night in Chicago.
Rose shot 9 for 28 from the field, shouldering a larger-than-usual share of the offensive load in the absence of injured forward Carlos Boozer.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points to lead Dallas, and Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson added 12 points apiece. Stevenson took all 10 of his shots from 3-point range, hitting four.
After Rose’s pull-up jumper, the Bulls led, 80-77, with 55 seconds to go, Terry missed a tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds to play. Chicago’s Kyle Korver then made two free throws to seal the win.
The Mavericks were coming off a win over the Lakers Wednesday night that snapped a six-game skid.
The Bulls tied the score at 66-all in the fourth quarter as Rose penetrated the lane in transition and hit a twisting, reverse layup.
After a timeout, Nowitzki missed a jumper for Dallas and Chicago’s C.J. Watson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Bulls ahead. Watson added another 3-pointer a couple of possessions later, pushing the Bulls’ advantage to 4 points.
Dallas stayed close, but never led again.
Bobcats 100, 76ers 97 — D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 31 points, including four free throws in the final 11 seconds, and Gerald Henderson added three big late baskets as host Charlotte rallied past Philadelphia.
Avenging an overtime defeat to the 76ers four days earlier, the Bobcats won their second straight game.
Thaddeus Young scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Sixers, who rallied from an 8-point deficit to take the lead before Henderson hit three consecutive jumpers.
Andre Iguodala added 19 points, but missed a free throw and a jumper in the final minute in Philadelphia’s second straight loss.