Rose sends Bulls past Thunder

– The Bulls let the lead slip away. Derrick Rose wouldn't let the game get away, too.

Rose came up big down the stretch to score 29 points and Jimmy Butler added 26 to lead Chicago to a 104-98 victory over Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

Rose sure looked like his old MVP self as he scored 10 points over the final 3½ minutes to lift the Bulls after they blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

"For him to have a game like this, I know this is a huge confidence booster," coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Oklahoma City tied it with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game. But Rose's performance in the closing minutes helped offset Durant's 33 points.

HIGHLIGHTS

• CARLISLE GETS EXTENSION: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, the architect of the Mavericks' only championship, has what amounts to a seven-year contract after he signed a five-year, $35 million extension that won't kick in until after the 2016-17 season.

• BIG GAME FOR BIG AL: Al Jefferson scored 31 points on 15-of-18 shooting and Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds as Charlotte pulled away and beat host Dallas 108-94.

• TOO MUCH HAYWARD: Gordon Hayward scored 20 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Utah pulled away late to beat host Denver 96-84.

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