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Deng's basket redeems ugly game for Bulls

CHICAGO — Luol Deng's layup with 3.7 seconds to play lifted the Bulls to a 76-74 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Derrick Rose scored 17 of his 30 in the fourth quarter to rally Chicago from a 19-point deficit. Coming out of a timeout with the score tied in the final seconds, Deng cut along the baseline and took a feed from former Gator Joakim Noah to put the Bulls ahead.

Atlanta's Joe Johnson shot an airball at the buzzer.

"We ran a good play," Deng said on the court after the game. "We always play hard."

Rose missed a runner with 21 seconds left, but Atlanta's Jeff Teague missed two free throws. Rose then drove past Teague and scored over the Hawks' Josh Smith with 9.9 seconds left to put the Bulls up 74-73.

Deng, who had 21 points, got called for an inexplicable foul on the Hawks' ensuing inbounds play, tripping over former Gator Al Horford. But Horford sank only 1 of 2 free throws with 7.7 seconds left.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and eight rebounds to help the visiting Trail Blazers beat the Thunder 103-93. Portland held Oklahoma City to 34 percent shooting in the second half to push ahead on an off night for All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (sprained left ankle) and guard Iman Shumpert (sprained right knee ligament) could return tonight. … Center Andrew Bogut left the Bucks for undisclosed personal reasons and missed the game against the Jazz. … Guard Richard Hamilton was held out of the Bulls' starting lineup because of a sore left groin. … Starting guard Thabo Sefolosha missed the Thunder's game because of flulike symptoms. … Nets power forward Kris Humphries is day to day with a sprained left shoulder. … The Warriors are close to signing guard Nate Robinson, released by the Thunder last month.

Bulls 76, Hawks 74

ATLANTA (74): Williams 5-10 4-7 14, Smith 6-13 3-6 15, Horford 7-14 2-4 16, Teague 2-8 3-6 7, J.Johnson 3-17 2-2 10, McGrady 1-4 0-0 2, Radmanovic 1-4 0-0 3, Pachulia 0-3 0-0 0, Pargo 1-3 0-0 3, Green 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 28-80 14-25 74.

CHICAGO (76): Deng 7-15 6-8 21, Boozer 5-13 1-2 11, Noah 0-4 2-2 2, Rose 8-22 11-13 30, Brewer 2-8 0-0 4, Gibson 2-7 0-0 4, Korver 1-4 0-1 2, Asik 1-3 0-0 2, Lucas 0-1 0-0 0, Butler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-77 20-26 76.

Atlanta 23 15 18 18— 74

Chicago 15 11 16 34— 76

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 4-15 (J.Johnson 2-9, Pargo 1-1, Radmanovic 1-2, Teague 0-1, Smith 0-1, Horford 0-1), Chicago 4-17 (Rose 3-8, Deng 1-4, Brewer 0-1, Lucas 0-1, Korver 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 62 (Smith 14), Chicago 58 (Boozer, Asik 9). AssistsAtlanta 19 (J.Johnson, Teague 4), Chicago 16 (Rose 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Chicago 21. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second, Deng, Chicago defensive three second 2. A22,166 (20,917).

Blazers 103, Thunder 93

PORTLAND (103): Wallace 4-14 4-4 13, Aldridge 10-19 10-12 30, Camby 2-3 3-4 7, Felton 4-11 3-4 12, Matthews 7-12 2-3 16, Crawford 2-6 3-3 8, Thomas 1-3 1-2 3, Batum 4-8 1-2 12, C.Smith 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 34-76 29-36 103.

OKLAHOMA CITY (93): Durant 8-26 2-4 19, Ibaka 4-4 0-0 8, Perkins 3-5 1-2 7, Westbrook 8-18 5-7 22, Harden 7-13 6-6 23, Collison 3-5 0-0 6, Mohammed 1-4 0-0 2, Cook 1-5 0-0 2, Maynor 1-3 2-2 4, Hayward 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-83 16-21 93.

Portland 21 30 27 25— 103

Oklahoma City 26 27 21 19— 93

3-Point GoalsPortland 6-15 (Batum 3-4, Crawford 1-1, Felton 1-3, Wallace 1-5, Matthews 0-2), Oklahoma City 5-20 (Harden 3-7, Westbrook 1-3, Durant 1-7, Cook 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 54 (Wallace 10), Oklahoma City 47 (Collison 9). AssistsPortland 20 (Felton 7), Oklahoma City 22 (Westbrook 8). Total FoulsPortland 16, Oklahoma City 22. TechnicalsAldridge, Portland defensive three second, Oklahoma City Coach Brooks, Perkins. A18,203 (18,203).

Grizzlies 113, Kings 96

SACRAMENTO (96): Salmons 1-4 0-0 2, Hickson 3-9 6-6 12, Hayes 3-4 2-2 8, Evans 4-11 1-2 9, Thornton 2-7 0-0 5, Thompson 4-7 0-0 8, Fredette 6-12 1-2 17, Cousins 1-5 2-2 4, Outlaw 4-7 1-3 11, Thomas 4-10 5-5 15, Greene 1-3 0-0 2, Garcia 1-4 1-1 3. Totals 34-83 19-23 96.

MEMPHIS (113): Gay 10-16 3-5 23, Cunningham 3-9 1-2 7, Gasol 7-10 0-1 14, Pargo 2-5 0-0 5, Allen 5-12 0-1 10, Conley 5-8 3-3 14, Young 8-13 4-4 20, Mayo 8-11 0-0 16, Pondexter 2-5 0-0 4, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Selby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 50-91 11-16 113.

Sacramento 17 33 18 28— 96

Memphis 31 21 35 26— 113

3-Point GoalsSacramento 9-24 (Fredette 4-6, Outlaw 2-4, Thomas 2-5, Thornton 1-2, Hayes 0-1, Evans 0-1, Greene 0-2, Garcia 0-3), Memphis 2-8 (Pargo 1-1, Conley 1-2, Mayo 0-1, Pondexter 0-1, Gay 0-1, Davis 0-1, Young 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 45 (Hickson 10), Memphis 54 (Gasol 15). AssistsSacramento 13 (Evans 4), Memphis 20 (Conley 7). Total FoulsSacramento 18, Memphis 17. TechnicalsMayo. A12,391 (18,119).

Jazz 85, Bucks 73

MILWAUKEE (73): Jackson 5-17 5-6 16, Ilyasova 1-8 2-2 5, Gooden 12-20 0-0 24, Jennings 4-19 0-1 8, Delfino 1-8 2-2 4, Leuer 0-4 0-0 0, Livingston 3-7 3-3 9, Sanders 2-5 1-2 5, Mbah a Moute 1-5 0-0 2, Brockman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-95 13-16 73.

UTAH (85): Hayward 5-7 1-2 12, Millsap 6-7 1-2 13, Jefferson 10-17 6-9 26, D.Harris 0-2 0-0 0, Bell 1-4 0-0 3, Favors 3-5 0-1 6, Howard 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 0-0 0-0 0, Kanter 2-2 1-2 5, Miles 3-11 2-2 9, Burks 1-6 7-10 9, Tinsley 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-66 18-28 85.

Milwaukee 16 18 21 18— 73

Utah 22 21 19 23— 85

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 2-21 (Ilyasova 1-1, Jackson 1-7, Gooden 0-1, Leuer 0-1, Delfino 0-4, Jennings 0-7), Utah 3-13 (Bell 1-3, Hayward 1-3, Miles 1-4, D.Harris 0-1, Burks 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 54 (Gooden 12), Utah 59 (Millsap 12). AssistsMilwaukee 16 (Jennings 6), Utah 24 (Watson 8). Total FoulsMilwaukee 19, Utah 24. TechnicalsJackson, Milwaukee defensive three second. A17,756 (19,911).

Cavaliers 115, Bobcats 101

CHARLOTTE (101): Maggette 4-12 13-14 21, White 5-6 0-0 10, Diaw 0-5 0-0 0, Augustin 10-18 2-2 26, Henderson 8-15 0-0 16, Mullens 7-13 0-0 14, Diop 0-1 0-0 0, Carroll 0-2 0-0 0, Biyombo 3-6 2-3 8, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Walker 1-6 0-0 2, Higgins 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 40-90 17-19 101.

CLEVELAND (115): Casspi 2-3 0-2 5, Jamison 7-16 3-5 19, Varejao 4-6 1-2 9, Irving 8-10 2-2 20, Parker 4-8 0-0 11, Gee 4-8 0-0 8, Gibson 3-8 0-0 8, Sessions 3-8 5-7 11, T.Thompson 7-16 2-6 16, Samuels 1-3 2-2 4, Hollins 1-3 0-0 2, Harangody 1-1 0-0 2, Eyenga 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-90 15-26 115.

Charlotte 34 17 29 21— 101

Cleveland 27 30 30 28— 115

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 4-14 (Augustin 4-7, Walker 0-1, Higgins 0-1, Maggette 0-2, Diaw 0-3), Cleveland 10-21 (Parker 3-5, Irving 2-2, Jamison 2-5, Gibson 2-5, Casspi 1-2, Gee 0-1, Sessions 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 57 (Maggette 8), Cleveland 51 (T.Thompson 9). AssistsCharlotte 20 (Augustin 9), Cleveland 25 (Sessions 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 22, Cleveland 19. TechnicalsCharlotte Coach Silas. A14,173 (20,562).

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