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Boozer leads Bulls past Grizzlies 104-64

By Andrew Seligman

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 1 2012 8:40 p.m. MST

Memphis Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo (32) battles for the ball with Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (22) as Ronnie Brewer (11) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

CHICAGO — Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls easily won their home opener, pounding the Memphis Grizzlies 104-64 on Sunday night.

Derrick Rose finished with 16 points after a slow start. Ronnie Brewer scored 17 with Richard Hamilton a late scratch because of a groin injury. But with Boozer dominating, the Bulls simply put this one away early.

This game was so lopsided that fans started calling for backup Brian Scalabrine in the third quarter, with the outcome clearly in hand. It was, easily, the most dominant performance of the young season for a team with soaring expectations.

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