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Bulls Hold Off Late-Rallying Mavericks 93-83

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Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls grabs a rebound against Ian Mahinmi #28 and Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center on April 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls grabs a rebound against Ian Mahinmi #28 and Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center on April 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Luol Deng scored 22 points, Richard Hamilton added 19 and the Chicago Bulls held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-83 on Saturday night.

The victory by the Bulls (48-16) gave them a 2 1-2 game lead over Miami for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Chicago has two regular-season games left, against Indiana and Cleveland.

Bulls star guard Derrick Rose returned to the lineup after sitting out three games with a right foot/ankle injury and he had 11 points with eight assists in 32 minutes.

Defending NBA champion Dallas, which clinched a playoff berth on Thursday night when Houston lost, was playing the second game of a back-to-back, so veteran guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry sat out to rest.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points and Rodrigue Beaubois, starting in place of Kidd, added 16 — 10 in the final quarter.

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