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|Rose-Led Bulls Hold Off Pistons
|AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 13 of his 27 points in the first quarter and had a key assist in the final minute of the game, helping the Chicago Bulls hold off the Detroit Pistons 101-96 on Friday night.
The Eastern Conference-leading Bulls enjoyed a comfortable lead for much of the game but the lowly Pistons pulled within three a couple times late in the final period.
Rose made a perfect pass to set up Ronnie Brewer's layup for a six-point lead with 34 seconds left and the MVP candidate made two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Chicago's Carlos Boozer had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Richard Hamilton scored 30, Tayshaun Prince had 17 points and Will Bynum added 12 for the Pistons.
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