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Bulls claim 5th straight win

– Luol Deng scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame a rough shooting night to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 86-81 on Monday for their fifth straight win.

Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which is on its longest winning streak since taking eight in a row from Feb. 20-March 7, 2012. Jimmy Butler had 14 points and Derrick Rose finished with 12.

Deng’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds remaining gave the Bulls an 85-81 lead. Gerald Henderson then missed for the Bobcats, and Rose had a free throw to help Chicago wrap it up.

Rose, who hit a career-high six 3-pointers in the Bulls’ 110-94 win Saturday over Indiana, went 4 for 13 from the field. The Bulls shot 27 of 75 (36 percent) overall.

The 2011 NBA MVP played 31 minutes in his second game back after missing Chicago’s win at Toronto on Friday with a sore right hamstring.

Butler missed part of the game with a right toe injury but came back with 6:35 left in the fourth.

Charlotte was looking for its fourth consecutive road victory and third in four games overall, but it was unable to take advantage of the Bulls’ poor shooting. Once again, the Bobcats struggled from the floor despite a strong effort in the paint.

Playing without injured center Al Jefferson, the Bobcats outscored the Bulls 38-28 in the paint.

Jeffery Taylor led Charlotte with a career-high 20 points.

THUNDER 115, NUGGETS 113: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Thunder rallied to beat Denver.

Westbrook also had seven assists in a terrific all-around game that helped Oklahoma City erase a 14-point deficit in the second half. Reggie Jackson added 14 points.

TRAIL BLAZERS 108, NETS 98: In New York, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and Portland earned its seventh straight victory.

Shaun Livingston scored 23 points for the Nets.

MAVERICKS 97, 76ERS 94: In Dallas, Monta Ellis scored 24 points, including 13 in the third quarter, to lead the Mavericks past Philadelphia. Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion had 20 points apiece for the Mavericks, who began a stretch of seven out of nine games in Dallas.

Nowitzki had 10 rebounds, and Marion chipped in seven.

Evan Turner had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers.

WARRIORS 98, JAZZ 87: In Salt Lake City, Stephen Curry scored 22 points, and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes each had 17 to lead Golden State.