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Rose And Bulls Fly Past Knicks, Inch Closer To Spurs

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony (Photo Credit: Getty Images, By: Nathaniel S. Butler)

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Chicago Bulls defeated the New York Knicks on Tuesday night to bring their regular season record to 61-20.

Derrick Rose scored 26 points for the Bulls, who opened the third quarter with a 26-2 spurt over the first 7-plus minutes. Luol Deng added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 22 boards as Chicago outrebounded New York 51-33.

Chicago, already assured the best record in the Eastern Conference, entered play a game behind San Antonio for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The tiebreakers are all even, so a random drawing would be held if they finish with the same record as the Spurs, who faced the Los Angeles Lakers later Tuesday.

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks.

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