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|Rose Leads Bulls to Win Over Pacers
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 28 points and the Chicago Bulls blew an early 19-point lead before recovering in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-95.
Chicago's second straight home victory could take some heat off coach Vinny Del Negro, whose job status has been the subject of much speculation after Chicago's disappointing start (now 12-17).
The Pacers, meanwhile, lost their seventh straight. Coach Jim O'Brien got a vote of confidence earlier in the week from team president Larry Bird.
Rose had 18 of his points in the second half. John Salmons added 17 for the Bulls.
Roy Hibbert scored 17 for Indiana, which is without injured star Danny Granger.
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