Rose set career highs for free throws made and attempted with a 15-for-19 performance from the line, driving by Rajon Rondo time and time again before drawing contact inside.
“It hurts, definitely, running into a brick wall,” Rose said of his collisions with the Boston big men , who finished with five fouls, and , who had four.
“From the start of the game to the end of the game, he was aggressive,” Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose. “He was taking the contact on tonight and he was getting calls.”
The Celtics had won four in a row and five of seven. But the Bulls, trying to avoid a third straight loss, grabbed control with a 9-1 run that started at the end of the third quarter. Boozer capped the spurt with a jumper that gave Chicago a 73-65 lead.
Rose carried the Bulls from there. He hit consecutive jumpers with five minutes left to extend the lead to double digits. He heard chants of “M.V.P.! M.V.P.!” from the United Center crowd in the final minute when he made a 3-pointer to make it 90-77.
“He took on the challenge of going against Rondo,” Boozer said of Rose. “He loves challenges like that.”
115, NETS 92 Chris Douglas-Roberts celebrated his birthday by scoring 24 points against his former teammates to lead visiting Milwaukee, which ended a three-game losing streak and beat for the sixth straight time. The Bucks, the ’s worst shooting team at 41.3 percent from the field, shot a season-best 58.3 percent and had a season high in points despite playing without center Andrew Bogut, who was sidelined with a viral infection.
Kris Humphries scored a season-high 22 points for the Nets. Brook Lopez failed to take advantage of Bogut’s absence and had 5 points and a rebound.
HAWKS 108, 93 Josh Smith scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and Joe Johnson added 24 points as host Atlanta won its fourth in a row. Indiana seemed flat less than 24 hours after blowing an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter against San Antonio.
MAGIC 117, 107 had 23 points and 13 rebounds and visiting Orlando extended the league’s longest active winning streak to nine. DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 24 points for Dallas, which was without for a seventh straight game; he has a sprained right knee.
103, 99 Paul Millsap scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime for Utah, which trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half at Houston. The Jazz has come back to win 12 times this season after trailing by at least 10. Al Jefferson added 24 points and 13 rebounds.
104, 89 Charlotte kept Washington winless (0-18) on the road. Stephen Jackson scored 21 points for the Bobcats, who pulled away in the fourth quarter to improve to 3-2 under the interim coach Paul Silas.
THUNDER 109, GRIZZLIES 100 Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 11 assists for host Oklahoma City. Zach Randolph had 27 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis.
112, 109 Austin Daye made a game-tying 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and host Detroit went on to win in overtime. Philadelphia nearly rallied from a 7-point deficit in the final 20 seconds of overtime, but an off-balance shot at the end by Jodie Meeks bounced off the rim.
NO FINE FOR MOZGOV The N.B.A. said it would have no further punishment for the reserve center Timofey Mozgov, who drew a flagrant foul and an automatic ejection for elbowing the ’ Robin Lopez late in Friday’s victory.
Mozgov began the season as the team’s starting center, but has since tumbled from Coach ’s rotation. He recently returned from a shin injury and has not played more than 11 minutes since Nov. 20.
Also, the Knicks practiced without Amar’e Stoudemire, who remained in Phoenix after Friday’s game to spend time with his family. Stoudemire was scheduled to join the Knicks in Los Angeles on Saturday night. JONATHAN ABRAMS