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Rose rescues Bulls in final seconds

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose made a baseline floater with 5.7 seconds left to lift the Bulls to an 82-81 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night in his first home game since he injured his left knee 18 months ago.

Rose had 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and committed four turnovers. But there was no doubt who was getting the ball after Tyson Chandler made 1 of 2 free throws to give New York an 81-80 lead with 10.8 seconds left.

The speedy point guard, who was a game-time decision because of a sore neck, got the ball on the wing and drove to the baseline for the go-ahead basket, drawing a standing ovation from the delirious crowd at the United Center.

New York had one last chance but Carmelo Anthony missed a long jumper. Anthony stood with his hands on his hips as the Bulls celebrated.

Luol Deng had 17 points for Chicago, which matched a franchise record with its fifth consecutive win in home openers. The Bulls also beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time.

New York coach Mike Woodson opted for a bigger look against Chicago, inserting 7-foot Andrea Bargnani into the starting lineup and using guard Pablo Prigioni as a reserve. But the Bulls still enjoyed a 46-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 48-42 rebounding edge, led by former Gator Joakim Noah's 15 boards.

Amar'e Stoudemire made his season debut for the Knicks and had five points in 10 minutes. The power forward, who turns 31 on Nov. 16, is coming off minor knee surgery over the summer and looked as if the years of health problems had robbed him of much of his athleticism.

New York trailed 76-66 with 7:53 left, but rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer to spark a 12-0 run. Felton also hit a 3, Iman Shumpert had a dunk and Anthony closed the spurt with a turnaround jumper that put New York in front with 4:10 left.

The last part of the game mostly consisted of turnovers and missed shots, but Chicago managed to survive behind Rose, who had both of the Bulls' field goals in the final quarter.

Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, which lost 107-95 at NBA champion Miami in its season opener Tuesday night. Carlos Boozer added 14 points and seven boards.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Grizzlies signed guard-forward Quincy Pondexter to a contract extension, beating a Thursday night deadline for players drafted in 2010. Memphis did not disclose terms of the deal.

Bulls 82, Knicks 81

NEW YORK (81): Bargnani 4-7 0-0 9, Anthony 8-24 4-5 22, Chandler 3-8 1-2 7, Felton 5-14 2-3 13, Shumpert 2-6 2-2 7, World Peace 3-11 0-0 8, Stoudemire 2-3 1-2 5, Hardaway Jr. 4-13 0-0 10, Prigioni 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-86 10-14 81.

CHICAGO (82): Deng 8-15 0-0 17, Boozer 5-7 4-4 14, Noah 2-7 2-2 6, Rose 7-23 2-2 18, Butler 3-11 5-6 11, Gibson 3-5 1-2 7, Hinrich 3-6 3-3 9, Dunleavy 0-2 0-0 0, Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-76 17-19 82.

New York 16 22 23 20— 81

Chicago 26 17 28 11— 82

3-Point GoalsNew York 9-24 (World Peace 2-4, Hardaway Jr. 2-6, Anthony 2-7, Bargnani 1-2, Shumpert 1-2, Felton 1-3), Chicago 3-16 (Rose 2-5, Deng 1-4, Hinrich 0-1, Dunleavy 0-2, Butler 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 53 (Chandler 19), Chicago 53 (Noah 15). AssistsNew York 20 (Anthony, Felton 6), Chicago 20 (Deng 6). Total FoulsNew York 24, Chicago 16. TechnicalsChicago delay of game 2. A22,022 (20,917).

Rose rescues Bulls in final seconds 10/31/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:09am]
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