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Rose, Bulls Beat Knicks, Win 8th Straight
NEW YORK (AP) -- Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls stayed in the race for the NBA's best record, overwhelming the New York Knicks to start the second half and winning their eight straight 103-90 on Tuesday night.

Rose scored 26 points for the Bulls, who opened the third quarter with a 26-2 spurt over the first 7-plus minutes and improved to 61-20. Luol Deng added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 22 boards as Chicago outrebounded New York 51-33.

Chicago, already assured the best record in the Eastern Conference, tied San Antonio for the best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The tiebreakers are all even, so a random drawing would be held if they finish with the same record as the Spurs, who lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

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