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Bulls Extend Winning Streak To Six

Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng, left, loses control of the ball as Indiana Pacers shooting guard Dahntay Jones defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng, left, loses control of the ball as Indiana Pacers shooting guard Dahntay Jones defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 92-73 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, the Bulls’ sixth straight win.

Derrick Rose added 17 points and 12 assists for Chicago and he ignited a 10-0 run after returning from a rest midway through the fourth quarter that broke open a close game.

It’s Chicago’s first six-game winning streak since Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2006.

Brandon Rush and T.J. Ford both had 13 points for Indiana.

The 73 points was a season-low for Indiana and it was the third straight game Chicago held its opponent to a season-worst total.

The Bulls held the los Angeles Lakers to 84 points on Friday and the Minnesota Timberwolves to 82 points on Saturday.

With the Bulls pulling away, a scary moment occurred with 1:56 to go in the game.

With the crowd chanting “MVP! MVP!” as has been the custom of late, Rose drove into the lane and went up for a layup. Rush moved under him and Rose went to the court hard.

He rolled on the court for several minutes, holding his right wrist. After a timeout, he returned and made one of two free throws, putting Chicago ahead 85-71. Rose was able to finish the game.

The Bulls led 74-69 when Rose returned with 6:01 to play. He scored four points and handed out two assists, both to Boozer, extending the lead to 84-69.

The Pacers never threatened again.

Rose was called for a technical foul in the second quarter, the first in his two-plus seasons in the NBA.

After getting outrebounded in the first half, the Bulls controlled the boards with a 29-14 advantage after the half.

After a back-and-forth start to the third period, the Bulls got the crowd going a little bit with about three minutes left in the quarter.

Noah out-battled Roy Hibbert for an offensive rebound and skipped a pass to an open Luol Deng at the 3-point line. Deng nailed the open shot, giving the Bulls a 59-50 lead.

Chicago was ahead 65-58 after three quarters, led by Boozer’s 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Early, it looked like the Bulls were going to enjoy their second straight laugher. Chicago beat Minnesota 113-82 at the United Center on Saturday in game that was never close.

Four Bulls starters scored in the first 2{ minutes as Chicago jumped to 14-2 lead and the other, Keith Bogans, had two steals. The Bulls eventually pushed the lead to 20-4.

The Pacers chipped away at the lead, then finally went ahead on Josh McRoberts’ putback slam of a miss by Rush miss, putting Indiana up 34-33 with 5:16 to go in the half. The Bulls led 43-41 at halftime.

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