22 points and six rebounds by Luol Deng paced the Chicago Bulls to a 93-83 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center on Saturday night. The Bulls now lead the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games, and are virtually assured of homecourt advantage with less than a week to go in the regular season.
The game marked the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls' starting lineup. He had missed the previous three games due to a foot injury, but played nearly 32 minutes tonight and tallied 11 points and eight assists.
After scoring a franchise-low eight points in the first quarter, the Mavericks failed to go away, despite only shooting 39 percent from the field on the night. Four Mavericks scored in double-figures, led by Dirk Nowitzki who finished with 17. Dallas is now the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, and only has one game left in the regular season (April 26 at Atlanta).