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With Rose Out, Lucas Leads Bulls Over Wizards, 78-64

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John Lucas #15 of the Chicago Bulls shoots a layup against Chris Singleton #31, JaVale McGee #34 and John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards during the NBA game on January 11, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

John Lucas #15 of the Chicago Bulls shoots a layup against Chris Singleton #31, JaVale McGee #34 and John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards during the NBA game on January 11, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) – John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 78-64 on Wednesday for their third victory in three nights.

Lucas, starting for the first time in his 70-game NBA career, was at the point in place of MVP Rose, who was out with a sprained big left toe. Lucas played 45 minutes, had eight assists, eight rebounds and hit 11 of 28 shots.

Kyle Korver added 14 points, seven in the final quarter, and Luol Deng had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Jordan Crawford paced Washington, 1-9 and coming off its first win a night earlier against Toronto, with 14 points.

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