Rose, Deng lead Bulls past Heat

CHICAGO — From his spot in the corner, Luol Deng saw Dwyane Wade rotate to stop Derrick Rose and knew his moment was coming.

He was all alone, wide open.

Then, in a flash, he was celebrating and so was just about everyone else in the arena.

Deng buried the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16 seconds left and finished with 20 points, Rose scored 26 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 93-89 on Thursday night in a wild showdown between two of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

In a game that could have playoff seeding implications, the Bulls used a big third quarter to turn a nine-point halftime deficit into a 71-67 advantage, then watched a nine-point lead in the fourth evaporate into a four-point hole before pulling it out.

Deng's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left broke an 89-all tie and helped Chicago bounce back from a brutal loss at Toronto the previous night with the Bulls' 16th win in 21 games.

"If you watched last night's game and tonight's game, it just shows what we're capable of doing," Deng said, referring to a 118-113 loss in which the Raptors shot an opponent-best 58.1 percent.

Wade scored 34 points and LeBron James added 29 for Miami, but it was a brutal night for Chris Bosh. He missed 17 of 18 shots and had seven points with Joakim Noah mostly guarding him.

Adding to the misery is this: The bench got outscored 22-2 and the Heat got outrebounded 53-39 while losing for only the second time in 13 games.

Nuggets 89, Celtics 75

At Denver, Kenyon Martin scored 18 points and newcomer Wilson Chandler chipped in 16 as the Denver Nuggets closed the game with a 16-0 run to beat the Boston Celtics.

The game pitted two teams that reshaped their rosters ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

The Nuggets had a bunch of new players and the Celtics a bunch of empty seats along their bench following a flurry of trades that unloaded a bunch of big men.

The Celtics suited up just nine players.

Paul Pierce, who led Boston with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with 61/2; minutes remaining that gave Boston a 75-73 lead, but the Celtics wouldn't score again.

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