Celts Comeback Falls Short Against the Bulls

Rose scores 25 on return, Bulls top Celtics 88-79

AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – Derrick Rose returned from a one-game absence to
score 25 points and help the Chicago Bulls hold off a second-half
charge and beat the Boston Celtics 88-79 on Friday night.

      The Celtics had trimmed a 52-33 halftime deficit to 67-66 on a
3-pointer by Mickael Pietrus with 10 minutes left in the game. Then
Boston missed its next two shots, while Rose scored four straight
points. Kevin Garnett responded with a short jumper, but Rose came
through again with a 3-pointer for a 74-68 lead with 7:30

      Rose, who missed Wednesday's 78-64 win over the Washington
Wizards with a sprained left big toe, scored 12 points after Boston
cut the lead to one.

      Ray Allen scored 16 for Boston and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and
11 assists.

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