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Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, drives toward the basket as Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton (32) dives for a steal during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose had 29 points and 16 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 Friday night.

Luol Deng and Joakim Noah added 19 points apiece and Richard Hamilton had 16 for the Bulls against their former coach, Vinny Del Negro.

Blake Griffin had 34 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who kept it close most of the way coming off a 25-point loss at San Antonio. Caron Butler added 16 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 14 assists in his matchup against Rose, the NBA's MVP last season.