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NBA Nightly Rundown: Bulls top Heat, and the Knicks win the battle of New York

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 6, 2013 at 2:40 AM

The Bulls really needed this one. They seem to always get up for the Heat and they did once again. Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and the Bulls pounded LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.

Luol Deng had 20 points, Taj Gibson chipped in with 19, and Joakim Noah added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls had no trouble taking out the Southeast Division leaders.

Chicago took control early on and hung on down the stretch after watching a 25-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to 12 late in the game.

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The Bulls also had some good news in some ways with Rose saying he may play in the playoffs if he's cleared to play.

"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," Rose said Thursday during a news conference in his first public comments since tearing the meniscus in his right knee Nov. 22. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing. But if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there's no need."

The Knicks (4-13) snapped a tie with the Nets (5-14) for most losses in New York, winning the game and the crowd with a dominant second half that had Spike Lee and the rest of the fans wearing blue and orange cheering perhaps the Knicks' most complete performance of the season.

I feel for KG, he had this to say after the game. "We're struggling but we're going to come out of this, man, that's the only way to think," Garnett said. "I'm not going to think anything else." KG had to deal with some "Garnett sucks" chants his tenure in Brooklyn hasn't been a dream like his first year in Boston.

The Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak with 113-83 dismantling Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the city rivals.

The Clippers took care of Memphis 101-81. The win was a milestone for coach Doc Rivers, giving him his 600th victory. He became the third active coach with that many wins (behind Gregg Popovich and Rick Adelman) and is now 23rd all time.

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