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NBA roundup: Bulls beat Nets

Taj Gibson scored 16 points and Carlos Boozer returned from an injury to add 15 in the Bulls’ 92-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night in Chicago.

Boozer missed the last three games because of a strained left calf.

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Joakim Noah had 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulls (27-25) moved two games above .500 for the first time since they were 6-4 on Nov. 21. They have won four of five.

Paul Pierce led Brooklyn with 15 points in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break. The Nets are 24-27, going 14-6 since Jan. 1.

The Nets pulled within 3 on Andrei Kirilenko’s 3-pointer with 6:29 left. D.J. Augustin answered with a 3-pointer to start a 9-0 Chicago run.

The Nets’ Joe Johnson and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler were called for technical fouls and Johnson for an offensive foul after they exchanged words and had to be separated by their teammates with 5:57 left in the third quarter.

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Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul had 20 points and 12 assists, and the host Los Angeles Clippers beat Portland, 122-117, late Wednesday night.

In other games, Miami beat Golden State, 111-110; and Utah beat the 76ers, 105-100.

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