CHICAGO — Never mind Carlos Boozer's early foul trouble. Or those missed shots.
No matter how difficult it was, Derrick Rose insisted wins like this show just how good the Bulls are.
Boozer scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Chicago won for the 12th time in 14 games, pulling away late to beat the New Jersey Nets 90-81 on Friday afternoon.
Luol Deng and Rose scored 19 apiece, and the Bulls made enough shots down the stretch after struggling from the field for much of the game.
"It shows how good we are," Rose said. "We still won this game. In the past, it usually took us like to shoot 70 percent, 60 percent, and that usually comes out to a win. We're just grateful for this win and we'll take it."
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 19 points. Travis Outlaw and Stephen Graham each scored 16, but the Nets dropped their fourth straight.
"That's a really good team," Lopez said. "We battled them the entire game."
New Jersey was within 75-73 after a tip-in by Derrick Favors midway through the fourth quarter but simply couldn't pull this one out.
WARRIORS 96, BOBCATS 95: At Charlotte, Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Golden State held off a late rally to beat the Bobcats. Stephen Curry added 24 points and Dorell Wright 17 for the Warriors, who led by as many as 11 points midway through the third quarter and held a six-point lead with 1:20 remaining.
HORNETS 83, CELTICS 81: At Boston, Trevor Ariza made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:34 to play and David West scored four of his 19 points in the final minute to help New Orleans beat injury-riddled Boston.
PACERS 95, WIZARDS 86: At Indianapolis, Danny Granger and Darren Collison scored 18 points apiece and Indiana pulled away early. Granger shot 8 of 12 from the field and scored 13 of his points in the first half in helping the Pacers snap a three-game losing streak. John Wall scored 25 for the Wizards, who are 0-16 on the road this season and 8-7 at home.
ROCKETS 114, RAPTORS 105: At Houston, Chase Budinger scored a season-high 22 points, Kevin Martin added 20 and Houston won for the eighth time in 10 games. Rookie Patrick Patterson set career highs in points (15) and rebounds (10) for the Rockets, who shook off a poor first quarter to shoot 48 percent (44 of 91) and win for the ninth time in 10 home games.
THUNDER 103, HAWKS 94: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant hit a season-high five 3-pointers and scored 33 points, and Russell Westbrook finished off a triple-double with his 10th assist in the final seconds to lead Oklahoma City. Durant went 3 for 3 on 3s during a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter as the Thunder put the game away after Atlanta had pulled within two points.Comment on this story
SUNS 92, PISTONS 75: At Phoenix, Jared Dudley scored nine of his 19 points in the second quarter, and Phoenix's reserves built a big lead that helped the Suns take control of the game en route to a win over Detroit. Dudley made three 3-pointers during a 22-4 run over seven minutes of the second quarter, and backup point guard Goran Dragic hit two 3s of his own to help the Suns to a 50-28 lead.
LAKERS 102, 76ERS 98: Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1:15 to play as the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from consecutive home losses.