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Rose scores 25 as Bulls hold off Warriors
Perhaps this is to solve the Bulls' big man woes: Start four guards.
Better yet, this is the way to respond to an embarrassing 42-point loss the previous game: Move the ball, shoot well and put it in Derrick Rose's hands down the stretch.
Rose scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, including two stone-cold jumpers down the stretch, as the Bulls hung for a much-needed 115-110 victory over Golden State Friday night at Oracle Arena.
"We're big Rose fans here, love to watch him play, love to watch him as he gets better in games," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "Wow, second half, he put on a show, an incredibly talented point guard. He's right up there with the best of them, in a short period of time."
Rose crumpled to the ground in obvious pain with 73 seconds left after taking a Corey Maggette knee to his right hip. He left for good with what team officials called a bruised right hip.
Rose said he'd play Sunday in Denver.
"I'm all right now," Rose said. "I just have to ice it and get a massage [Saturday]. I'm not missing that game."
The Bulls bounced back after Wednesday's embarrassing loss in Portland, shooting 51.1 percent and getting 26 points from Larry Hughes, 18 points and 16 rebounds from local kid Drew Gooden and huge contributions from Thabo Sefolosha and Lindsey Hunter. It was their first road victory of the season, making them 1-5 away from the United Center.
"Our trip would've gone downhill if we didn't win this game," Gooden said. "This was a must-win to take that bad taste out of our mouth."
Sefolosha started for Luol Deng, who missed his second straight game with a sore left hamstring. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter and was active defensively with two steals and a block in a makeshift lineup that also featured Rose, Hughes, Ben Gordon and Gooden.
Hunter contributed 10 points and two steals, including two of the Bulls' 10 three-pointers.
Golden State, led by Stephen Jackson's 32 points, pulled to within three points twice late. First, Rose hit an 18-foot pull-up jumper, then drained a tough, 11-foot bank shot.
"Right before every shootaround, me and (player development coach) Dave [Severns] shoot bank shots even before layups," Rose said. "I just jumped as high as I can and shot."
And created another fan from the Warriors beyond Nelson.
"Rose is good, oh man," Jackson said. "For a young guy to take over that game like that, regardless of who he's playing, that's real impressive. I'm definitely a Derrick Rose fan. I will have one of his jerseys up in my house."
Layups: Joakim Noah didn't play by coach's decision for the first time this season. ... The Warriors acquired former Bulls guard Jamal Crawford for disgruntled forward Al Harrington earlier Friday. Crawford will meet the team in Philadelphia on Saturday ... Talk around the league is the Clippers will keep all three big men after acquiring Zach Randolph from the Knicks to see how it works playing Randolph with Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman in the short term. The Bulls, who obviously desire a scoring big man, will monitor that situation to see if Kaman becomes available. They've expressed interest in Camby in the past but likely would only chase Kaman should he become available. ... Deng is in the market for a new agent because Jason Levien, who negotiated his six-year, $71 million deal last summer, has accepted an assistant general manager position with Sacramento. The Kings are expected to officially announce the hire next month.