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Rose takes Bulls by horns

The Bulls’ Derrick Rose goes for two of his 22 points, which included the winners.

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The Bulls’ Derrick Rose goes for two of his 22 points, which included the winners.

LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose drove the lane and lofted home a smooth, floating shot for the winning points in the Bulls' season opener, in case anybody doubted the youngest MVP in NBA history at 23 can shoulder the expectations that come with that trophy from last season and a huge contract extension.

But Rose knew Chicago's comeback and his winner were possible because Luol Deng did the dirty work vs. Kobe Bryant.

Rose — three days after agreeing to a five-year contract extension worth a reported $94.8 million — scored 22 points and hit a short go-ahead shot with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 3:44 for an 88-87 victory over the Lakers on Sunday.

"If it weren't for my teammates, making the steal and getting the ball to me at the end, there's no way I could have gotten that shot off," Rose said.

Deng stole Bryant's pass with 16.9 seconds left to set up Rose's winner and blocked Bryant's short shot right before the buzzer. "(Bryant) threw a lob pass, and I was able to get to it," Deng said. "As soon as we got the ball, I knew we were going to score."

Chicago struggled in the second half against the defensive schemes of new Lakers coach Mike Brown, making his debut after replacing Phil Jackson, shooting 25 percent (12-of-48).

Bryant, who has a torn wrist ligament scored 28 and committed eight turnovers. "I saw a lot of positive things," he said.

Bulls 88, Lakers 87

CHICAGO (88): Deng 7-19 6-6 21, Boozer 7-13 1-4 15, Noah 3-12 0-0 6, Rose 9-13 0-0 22, Hamilton 3-8 0-0 6, Brewer 3-6 0-1 6, Asik 1-5 1-1 3, Watson 2-6 0-0 6, Gibson 1-4 1-2 3, Korver 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 36-89 9-14 88.

L.A. LAKERS (87): Ebanks 4-5 0-0 8, McRoberts 3-6 0-2 6, Gasol 6-14 2-6 14, Fisher 1-5 0-0 2, Bryant 11-23 6-7 28, World Peace 2-6 0-0 4, Murphy 3-5 1-2 7, Blake 4-9 2-3 12, Goudelock 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 36-76 11-20 87.

Chicago 22 34 12 20— 88

L.A. Lakers 20 29 20 18— 87

3-PointChicago 7-15 (Rose 4-6, Watson 2-3, Deng 1-4, Korver 0-2), L.A. Lakers 4-16 (Goudelock 2-3, Blake 2-6, Bryant 0-1, World Peace 0-1, Murphy 0-1, Fisher 0-2, Gasol 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 52 (Noah 9), L.A. Lakers 55 (Murphy, McRoberts, Gasol 8). AssistsChicago 21 (Rose 5), L.A. Lakers 22 (Bryant 6). Total FoulsChicago 21, L.A. Lakers 20. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second.

Rose takes Bulls by horns 12/25/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 25, 2011 10:36pm]
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