Rose's return helps snap Chicago's skid
PHILADELPHIA — Ninety minutes before the tip-off, Derrick Rose was flexing his wrist in the locker room. He then flexed his All-Star form in a game the Chicago Bulls desperately needed to win.
Rose scored 23 points in his return from a sprained left wrist, and Chicago snapped its losing streak at 10 games with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers last night.
"I've been working out and doing a lot of running, but it was just great to be back with the team," Rose said.
Kirk Hinrich added 17 points and 11 assists, Brad Miller had 16 points, and Hakim Warrick 13 for the Bulls, 2 1/2 games behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Marreese Speights had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers have lost 12 of their last 14 games.
Raptors 100, Nets 90: Chris Bosh scored 36 points and Toronto handed host New Jersey its seventh straight loss and 13th in a row at home.
Jarrett Jack added 15 points for Raptors. Devin Harris had 22 for New Jersey. At 7-62 with 13 games left, the Nets are in danger of breaking the NBA mark for single-season futility, set by Philadelphia (9-73) in 1972-73.
Heat 77, Bobcats 71: Quentin Richardson scored all 18 of his points on 3-pointers, Michael Beasley added 16 points and host Miami moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Dwyane Wade had 14 points, but made up for it with nine assists and five blocks to help Miami move a half-game ahead of Charlotte.
Stephen Jackson led Charlotte with 18 points.
Grizzlies 123, Warriors 107: Rudy Gay scored 25 points and O. J. Mayo added 21 to help host Memphis hand Golden State its 13th consecutive road loss.
Zach Randolph finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Darrell Arthur matched his career high with 16 points and had a season-best 13 rebounds.
Monta Ellis led Golden State with 28 points.
Celtics 102, Mavericks 93: Paul Pierce scored 29 points, Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting Boston stretched its winning streak to four games.
Ray Allen had 21 points for the Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and Jason Terry added 18 to pace the Mavericks, 14-2 in their last 16 games.
Bucks 102, Nuggets 97: Carlos Delfino had 26 points and John Salmons added 21 to make up for Andrew Bogut's off-night for visiting Milwaukee.
Bogut, who averages 16.3 points and 10.4 rebounds, was limited to two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups each scored 29 points for Denver.
Jazz 106, Hornets 86: Paul Millsap had 22 points and 15 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 19 points, and Deron Williams added 17 points and 11 assists for host Utah.
The Jazz pulled away with a 17-1 run at the end of the second quarter and led by 35 in the second half. Marcus Thornton led New Orleans with 19 points.