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CHICAGO —Luol Deng figures the Chicago Bulls will have to find creative ways
to win as long as Derrick Rose is sidelined. Michael Turner Black Jersey . This wasnt what
he had in mind. The Bulls will take it, though. Deng came through with 23 points
and a career-high 11 assists, and the Bulls escaped with a 121-115 victory over
the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night after a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead
dwindled to two. “Missing Derrick, even though were winning games, its huge,”
Deng said. “He makes the game so much easier. When hes not there, youve got to
work extra.” Joakim Noah added 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver scored 18,
hitting four free throws in the final 17.6 seconds. Carlos Boozer scored 16,
Taj Gibson added 15 points, and the Bulls came away with the win—barely—
even though Rose missed his third straight game with lower back spasms. The
victory clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot at the all-star game for
the Bulls Tom Thibodeau. DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 28 points and 17
rebounds. Tyreke Evans scored 27, and Marcus Thornton added 23 points for the
Kings, who made things extremely interesting down the stretch. Two free throws
by Evans with 19 seconds left made it 115-112. Korver answered with two of his
own, but the drama wasnt over. Thornton nailed a three to make it a two-point
game with 14.8 seconds left, but Korver immediately hit two more foul shots to
boost the lead to 119-115. Deng then hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left
to seal the win. “Ive yet to fear this team being down,” Kings coach Keith Smart
said. “This team has shown throughout the year that they have the ability to get
back in games.” Winning them is a different story. Sacramento is last in the
Pacific Division at 10-18 and is just 3-13 on the road. This seemed like a
mismatch despite Roses absence, but the Kings hung with the Eastern Conference
leaders even when it looked like Chicago had put this one away. Sacramento was
within eight in late in the third when Deng buried a corner three with just
under a minute left. That started a 12-1 run that bumped Chicagos lead to 97-78,
but the Bulls couldnt breathe too easily. They did, however, let out a big sigh
of relief in the end. “Theyre a tough team,” Evans said. “They play together.
They run that high pick-and-roll good with the bigs. They ran it all night on us
and got a lot of fouls. Thats what killed us.” The dramatic win came on the
heels of a 6-3 trip that matched their longest since the 1992-93 season, and
they did it without their superstar point guard. “I think our team has gotten
used to guys being out,” Thibodeau said. “It happened last year with our big
guys and this year, it is more perimeter guys, so we have that all covered. We
feel very good about our depth, and when we are down a man, the next guy steps
up and does the job.” The question is: Will the injuries take a toll eventually?
Rose didnt have a target date for his return. Boston visits Thursday, and he
wasnt sure if hed be ready to play against Rajon Rondo and the Celtics. One
thing was clear, though. Rose was certainly breathing a little easier. A
specialist confirmed Monday that there was no structural damage, and that was a
big relief for him and a team eyeing a championship. This hasnt been an easy
season for Rose even though hes averaging 22.0 points and 7.8 assists. Between
the bad back and a problem with his left big toe, hes missed eight games this
season after sitting out six over his first three years. “I think the best thing
you can do is try to get better from it,” Deng said. “If we had a choice, we
wouldnt want him to be hurt, but thats the situation. We really think that it
will help us. Guys are stepping up. Guys are getting playing time. Wed rather
have this problem now than later in the year.” Notes: Veteran G
Richard Hamilton, who remains sidelined by a right thigh injury, rejoined the
Bulls after tending to a family issue. He posted on Twitter that his grandmother
died. ... G Mike James signed a 10-day contract. He appeared in three games for
Chicago before being waived on Jan. 28. ... Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette,
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Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor and finalists Montee Ball of
Wisconsin and Trent Richardson of Alabama. Tony Gonzalez Red Jersey . Tate is the wild
card in this years playoffs, the unknown. There are only three games of film on
him for the Esks to study, and he has never played in a playoff game at this
level. Three games ago Calgary head coach John Hufnagel made the tough decision
to bench last years most outstanding player, Henry Burris, and roll the dice
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. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James turned around a season on the brink with perhaps
the most remarkable week of their high-powered partnership, capped off by a
105-93 victory in Game 6 Thursday night that sent the Heat back to the Eastern
Conference finals. Asante Samuel Womens Jersey . The Raptors
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Luis Silva scored twice as Toronto FC defeated FC Dallas 3-0 on Thursday to set
up an all-Canadian final at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.(Sports Network) – The
New York Rangers grabbed the lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals thanks
to a brilliant performance by their star goaltender. The top-seeded Blueshirts
will try to take control of this best- of-seven series when they visit the
Ottawa Senators for tonights Game 4 at Scotiabank Place. In the Senators net,
Craig Anderson did all he could for the Sens, stopping 22-of-23 shots, but it
was not enough to give Ottawa the 2-1 series lead. The Senators are now in the
hole and will have to rally if they want to win a playoff series for the first
time since going to the Cup Finals in 2007. “We played a really good game
tonight,” said Anderson. “We did what we wanted to do, got a lot of pucks on net
and created some traffic. But we ran into a hot goaltender and just couldnt get
it past him.” Ottawa played the game without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who
suffered a concussion in Game 2 after he was elbowed in the head by New Yorks
Carl Hagelin. The Rangers forward served the first of a three-game suspension
for the hit on Monday, while Alfredsson is doubtful for tonights contest.
Forward Chris Kreider took Hagelins spot in the New York lineup and in just over
11 minutes he had one shot. It was the NHL debut for the highly-touted Boston
College prospect. Ottawa was also down a player in Game 3 due to suspension, as
forward Matt Carkner served his one-game ban for instigating a fight with Boyle
in Game 2. Carkner will likely return to the lineup for Game 4. Meanwhile, the
Atlantic Division champions allowed the eighth-seeded Senators to earn a split
of the first two games in New York, but Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made
sure his club was able to do at least the same in Ottawa. After the Rangers
droppeed a 3-2 overtime decision in Saturdays Game 2, Lundqvist shut the door on
Monday night in Canadas capital city, stopping all 39 shots sent his way in a
1-0 victory for the Rangers. Matt Bosher Jersey. It was the first shutout
of these playoffs for Lundqvist and the fourth of his postseason career. The
potential Vezina Trophy candidate had eight shutouts during the 2011-12 regular
season. The only goal of Game 3 came moments after Lundqvist made a save on a
Colin Greening tip and his follow up on the rebound. A blast from the right
point by Dan Girardi went wide of the net, but it came to the right side of the
net where Brian Boyle backhanded it in to score for the third straight game at
the 7:35 mark. From there, Lundqvist made the slim margin stand as he turned
aside 14 shots in the third, including a tough stop on a Kyle Turris one-timer
down low in the final minute with Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson on the bench
for an extra attacker. Lundqvist made a couple of more stops before the horn
sounded. Boyle has three goals in this series and eight in his last 12 games
dating back to the regular season. The unlikely playoff hero heaped praise on
his netminder after the Game 3 win. “Thats a good club and I think we did a
pretty good job keeping them to the outside and blocking shots,” said Boyle.
“But, once again, as has been the story all year is the man (Lundqvist) backing
us up. Hes been doing that all year and it still amazes us.” The Rangers are
trying to win their first playoff round since ousting New Jersey in the 2008
conference quarterfinals. The Blueshirts have lost four straight postseason
series since beating the Devils four years ago. Game 5 of this set is scheduled
for Saturday night in New York City. ’ ’ ’ 

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