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Bulls Vs. Grizzlies: Luol Deng, Derrick Rose Lead Chicago To 96-84 Win

Luol Deng had 28 points and Derrick Rose added 22 points and 12 assists as the Bulls routed the Grizzlies 96-84.

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Bulls Vs. Grizzlies: Luol Deng, Derrick Rose Carry Shorthanded Chicago To 96-84 Win

The Chicago Bulls entered their game with the Memphis Grizzlies without their starting frontcourt, as injuries to Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer forced the Bulls to play shorthanded. It didn't matter. Thanks to Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, the Bulls had no trouble with the Grizzlies, winning 96-84.

The Bulls were comfortably ahead most of the game, but the Grizzlies made a brief rally early in the fourth quarter, scoring eight straight points and cutting the lead to nine at several points. They could get no closer, though, as Deng and Rose put the game away.

Deng ended with 28 points, while Rose added 22 and 12 assists. Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 22 of his own, hitting 8-12 of his shot attempts. Zach Randolph scored 20 for the Grizzlies, but nobody else really came to play. Rudy Gay in particular struggled, hitting just 1-10 from the field. As a team, Memphis shot just 38 percent from the field.


Bulls Vs. Grizzlies: Chicago Looks For MLK Day Win Without Carlos Boozer

The Chicago Bulls keep chugging along, posting a 27-13 record despite injuries to Carlos Boozer to start the season and Joakim Noah for the last few weeks. Now, they'll have to play without either player. The Bulls travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies in an MLK Day afternoon game, and Boozer and Noah will both be out of the lineup.

Boozer isn't playing because he suffered an ankle injury in the Bulls' win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night. He sprained the ankle on the game-winning three-pointer by Kyle Korver, and will miss at least this game and possibly more. In his absence, Taj Gibson will start at power forward, with Kurt Thomas continuing to start for Noah.

The lack of frontcourt depth is a problem against a Grizzlies team with a strong frontcourt. Zach Randolph is having another excellent season, and Marc Gasol has picked it up after a slow start. Small forward Rudy Gay may also be the best all-around player on the team, and he'll be a tough matchup on the wing. The Grizzlies are 19-21, but they have a tendency to get up for good teams. They blew out the Mavericks on Saturday night, and have also beaten the Heat, Lakers (twice), Jazz and Thunder this season.

The game will take place at 1 p.m. on ESPN. For more on the game, check out Blog a Bull and SB Nation Chicago.

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