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Mavericks Vs. Bulls: Luol Deng Stars In Chicago Win

Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki were held to limited roles by their coaches on Saturday night, leaving the door open for Luol Deng to star in a 93-83 Bulls victory.

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Mavericks Vs. Bulls Final Score: Chicago Holds Off Dallas, 93-83

Derrick Rose let his teammates take the lead on Saturday night, and they didn't need for him to be the star to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. Both teams looked like they were most interested in finding the right combination between keeping their stars sharp, but fresh for the playoffs. Rose and Dirk Nowitzki were both limited, but Rose's supporting cast was better in Chicago's 93-83 win.

Rose went 31 minutes and scored 11 points, while Nowitzki scored 17 points in 28 minutes. Rodrigue Beaubois and Vince Carter had good games while Jason Kidd and Jason Terry sat out, but the Mavericks lacked offense without Nowitzki at his best. Luol Deng was the standout player on either team, scoring 22 points on 8-15 shooting for the Bulls.

The Miami Heat rested LeBron James in their game on Saturday night, contributing to their surprise loss against the Washington Wizards. That loss coupled with a Bulls win virtually clinches the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the Bulls. They will only relinquish that spot to Miami if they lose both of their final two while Miami wins all of their final three.

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Mavericks Vs. Bulls Score: Chicago Leads 44-38 At Halftime

Derrick Rose has seen some limited minutes and is taking limited shots as he tries to ease himself back into playoff shape following multiple injuries, but he's been efficient and effective so far. The Chicago Bulls were consistently respectable, but not spectacular offensively in the first two quarters of their game against the Dallas Mavericks, while Dallas had two very different quarters. At halftime, Chicago leads 44-38.

Dallas scored just eight points on 21 percent shooting in the first quarter, but they managed 30 points in the second quarter. They're up to 34 percent from the floor. Dirk Nowitzki is having a decent night with 12 points on 5-10 shooting, but he has been his team's only consistent offensive threat. Rose has nine points and four assists at the half.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks visit SB Nation's Mavs blog Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas. For more on the Chicago Bulls visit SB Nation's Bulls blog Blog A Bull and SB Nation Chicago. For more on the NBA in general, visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub

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Mavericks Vs. Bulls: Dallas Trying To Hold On To No. 6 Seed

The Dallas Mavericks are trying to avoid losing their third straight road game as they take on the Chicago Bulls without Derrick Rose.

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