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Bulls bloom with Rose as they match the best NBA record this season

Derrick Rose scores 26 points to lead Chicago past the Knicks and an identical 61-20 record with the Lakers.

The Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose stuffs the ball past New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries, left, in the first quarter. Ray Stubblebine / AP Photo
The Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose stuffs the ball past New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries, left, in the first quarter. Ray Stubblebine / AP Photo

NEW YORK // Derrick Rose scored 26 points to help the Chicago Bulls match the best record in the NBA this season with a 103-90 win over the New York Knicks.

After Chicago's win and San Antonio's loss to the Lakers, the teams have identical 61-20 records. The tiebreakers are all even, so a random drawing would be held if both teams finish with the same record.

Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 22 boards for the Bulls, who won their eighth straight game.

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks, who had their seven-game winning streak stopped.

Locked into the No. 6 seed and a first-round matchup with Boston, New York rested Amare Stoudemire for the third straight game, though his sprained left ankle was well enough to play.

 

Lakers 102, Spurs 93

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Lamar Odom added 23 to help Los Angeles end a five-game losing streak with a victory over San Antonio.

The Lakers' hopes for a third straight NBA title may have taken a significant blow, however, when center Andrew Bynum stepped on DeJuan Blair's foot during the second period and injured his right knee.

Bynum will have an MRI on Wednesday while the Lakers wrap up the regular season at Sacramento. The Lakers will get the No 2 seed in the West with a win at Sacramento or a loss by Dallas.

Gary Neal scored 16 points and Matt Bonner had 13 for the Spurs, who rested stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, having already secured the Western Conference's top seed.

 

Trail Blazers 102, Grizzlies 89

In Portland, Oregon, LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Portland locked up the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a victory over Memphis.

The Blazers, who won their third straight game, will have to wait until the regular season's final games Wednesday to learn their opponent for the first round of the play-offs.

Memphis, who played without starters Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, is still jockeying for seeding. The Grizzlies and New Orleans are fighting over the seventh and eighth seeds with just one game to play apiece.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 17 points.