(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bulls (43-13) continue to find a way to win without their all-star Derrick Rose.
On Thursday night, Luol Deng scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half to lead his team past the Boston Celtics (30-24) 93-86. Joakim Noah added 17 in the victory.
“We definitely want Derrick back out there, he helps, but even when Derrick comes back, it’s not going to be easy,” Noah said. “We have a long road ahead, a lot of games, a lot of battles. With Derrick back, we have to play hungry. When we play hungry, we’re tough to beat.”
Rose missed his 12th consecutive game with a strained right groin. C.J. Watson provided 15 points filling in for the all-star.
“I think the big thing is you look at what you have. Our team has shown all year that we have great fight and we believe we can win with whoever we have out there, and they have shown that all year,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak and are now 15-7 with Rose sidelined.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN