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Bulls Top Bobccats 95-64, Move to 5-1 Without Rose
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and the Chicago Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of reigning MVP Derrick Rose.

The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.

Derrick Brown scored 10 points to lead the NBA-worst Bobcats, who shot 33 percent and lost their 13th straight game to fall to 3-23. Brown was the only Bobcats player to finish in double figures.

Corey Maggette returned to action after missing the last 19 games with a strained hamstring and had four points on 2-of-7 shooting in 14 minutes.

Noah was dominant inside, hitting 7 of 9 shots as the Bulls' lead hovered around 30 points for most of the second half.

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