Bulls hold off Bobcats

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CHICAGO — Luol Deng scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a rough shooting night to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 86-81 on Monday for their fifth consecutive win.

Chicago's Luol Deng (front) goes up for a shot against Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo on Monday night.  PAUL BEATY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
PAUL BEATY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Chicago's Luol Deng (front) goes up for a shot against Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo on Monday night.

Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which is on its longest winning streak since taking eight in a row from Feb. 20-March 7, 2012. Jimmy Butler had 14 points and Derrick Rose finished with 12.

Deng’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds remaining gave the Bulls an 85-81 lead. Gerald Henderson then missed for the Bobcats, and Rose had a free throw to help Chicago wrap it up.

TRAIL BLAZERS: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and Portland beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-98 for its seventh consecutive victory.

Damian Lillard finished with 19 points and nine assists as the Trail Blazers withstood the Nets’ blistering start to win seven in a row in the same season for the first time since a 13-game run in December 2007.

WARRIORS: Say an MRI exam shows backup center Jermaine O’Neal has a bruised right knee and a strained right groin.

 
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