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Bulls top Celtics to boost hope for playoffs

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose scored a career-high 39 and the Bulls helped their playoff chances with a 101-93 win over the Celtics on Tuesday night.

The eighth-place Bulls lead Toronto by a game in the East and will make the playoffs if they finish with a better record, meaning they need a win at Charlotte tonight or a Raptors loss to New York. The fourth-place Celtics lost for the sixth time in nine games. Paul Pierce led them with 28 points. Kevin Garnett had 14 points and nine rebounds after sitting out a game to rest.

Off the court, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro would not comment on a reported altercation with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.

Yahoo Sports reported that Paxson shoved Del Negro twice in the chest and had to be restrained in a confrontation over former Gator Joakim Noah's minutes after the March 30 game against Phoenix.

Paxson did not respond to requests for comment. Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said the issue will be handled internally. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls hired independent lawyers to investigate.

Because of Noah's injured left foot, management and team doctors have set progressive limits on the forward's minutes throughout the season. Del Negro exceeded the limit during a Feb. 26 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers, and Noah missed the next 10 games, the Tribune said. In the March 30 loss to the Suns, Noah played 27 minutes, 5 seconds, 2:05 more than allowed. The issue rose again in the Bulls' double-overtime loss to the Nets on Friday.

rookie of the year award: The league took away Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry's vote because his son is a leading candidate. Stephen Curry is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists per game for Golden State. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league didn't want to put Dell Curry in an awkward position.

Bulls 101, Celtics 93

BOSTON (93): Pierce 12-17 4-4 28, Garnett 5-12 4-5 14, Perkins 1-3 0-3 2, Rondo 2-10 0-0 4, R.Allen 8-14 5-6 25, Daniels 3-8 1-2 7, Wallace 1-7 0-0 2, Davis 1-3 4-4 6, Robinson 2-3 0-0 5, Finley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 18-24 93.

CHICAGO (101): Deng 3-10 0-2 7, Gibson 3-8 0-0 6, Noah 3-7 3-7 9, Rose 15-22 9-10 39, Hinrich 11-20 4-5 30, Miller 4-9 0-0 8, Warrick 0-2 0-0 0, Murray 0-2 0-0 0, Pargo 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 40-83 16-24 101.

Boston 20 21 27 25— 93

Chicago 17 27 23 34— 101

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-15 (R.Allen 4-7, Robinson 1-2, Rondo 0-1, Pierce 0-1, Finley 0-2, Wallace 0-2), Chicago 5-11 (Hinrich 4-7, Deng 1-1, Pargo 0-1, Miller 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 47 (Perkins 11), Chicago 55 (Noah 16). AssistsBoston 18 (Rondo 6), Chicago 22 (Rose 7). Total FoulsBoston 24, Chicago 21. TechnicalsPerkins, Gibson, Chicago defensive three second. A20,649 (20,917).

Bulls top Celtics to boost hope for playoffs 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 1:15am]

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