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Postgame Central: Suns vs Bulls - Nov. 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010 US Airways Center
Grant Hill
27 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
Derrick Rose
35 PTS, 11 REB, 7 AST

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Steve Nash played 48 minutes on Wednesday which frustrated Head Coach Alvin Gentry. "That's too damn many," declared Coach as he stressed the need for other players to step up.

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“I thought we had the game in the bag, but in the NBA guys keep playing until the final buzzer. They just worked harder.”
-- Jason Richardson

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"Good try Suns. Disappointed in the fall of a 20 point lead. Lets get your game together for Friday!"
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Home Heartbreak as Suns Fall in Double OT
PHOENIX(AP) Derrick Rose scored 35 points and hit numerous big shots, helping the road-weary Chicago Bulls rally from a 23-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-115 in double-overtime Wednesday night.

The game was tied at 101 after regulation following Rose's two free throws with 14 seconds remaining. Rose, who also had 12 assists, again came through in the clutch, tying the score at 111 with 0.1 seconds left in the first overtime on a reverse layup. He then scored the Bulls' first five points in the second overtime, giving the Bulls a 116-113 lead.

Luol Deng contributed 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Reserve Kyle Korver scored 24 and Joakim Noah had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Grant Hill led the Suns with a season-high 27 points and Hakim Warrick had a season-high 23 points, all in the first half, including 19 in the second quarter. Jason Richardson finished with 20, Steve Nash had 14 points and 16 assists, and Channing Frye scored 16.

The Bulls never led until the first overtime, when a jumper by Rose gave then a 103-101 advantage.

But the Suns forged ahead 108-107 on a 3-pointer by Richardson. Two free throws by Frye made it 110-107 before Noah tapped in a shot. A foul shot by Richardson made it 111-109, leading to Rose's dramatic last-second basket.

Warrick had a sensational second period, scoring 14 consecutive Phoenix points on an assortment of shots - a jumper, a stuff, a vicious dunk, a layup and free throws. Through the first two periods, he was nearly flawless, hitting seven of eight field goal attempts and nine of 10 free throws.

He helped the Suns open a 50-27 lead before the Bulls battled back to close the gap to 62-50 at halftime. Deng led Chicago's comeback, amassing 13 points by halftime. The Suns' 62 points were a season high for a half, as were their 36 points in the first quarter, when they led 36-17.

During the opening quarter, the Suns were extremely efficient, hitting 63.6 percent of their shots (14-for-22) and not committing a turnover.

The third period turned into a duel between Hill and Rose. The Suns' 38-year-old forward pumped in 12 points during the quarter and the Bulls' backcourt star scored 10 as Phoenix maintained its 12-point lead, 84-72.

Forward Taj Gibson was a late scratch for the Bulls, resting a tender right ankle.

Notes: This was the Bulls' fifth game in their seven-game "circus" road trip. They complete their long journey Friday night at Denver and Saturday night at Sacramento. ... Offseason acquisition Carlos Boozer, who has not played this season because of surgery on a broken right hand, is expected to return to the Bulls' lineup next month. ... This is Chicago's 20th anniversary season of its first NBA championship. On March 12, the Bulls will welcome back former players and coaches from the 1990-91 season for a recognition ceremony during halftime of their home game against Utah. ... The Suns have played 11 of their 15 games against playoff teams from last season.