Basketball

Rose returns, Bulls snap long skid

PHILADELPHIA - Ninety minutes before the tipoff, Derrick Rose was flexing his wrist in the locker room.

He then flexed his All-Star form in a game the Chicago Bulls desperately needed to win.

Rose scored 23 points in his return from a sprained left wrist, and Chicago snapped its losing streak at 10 games with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

“I’ve been working out and doing a lot of running, but it was just great to be back with the team,” Rose said.

Kirk Hinrich added 17 points and 11 assists, Brad Miller had 16 points, and Hakim Warrick 13 for the Bulls, 21/2 games behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Rose sparked the Bulls with a 9-for-16 shooting performance, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers.

“I got a lot of open shots,” Rose said.

“It seemed like they were giving me the shots. I was open. I had to take them.”

Marreese Speights had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers have lost 12 of their past 14 games and are 11-23 at home.

Samuel Dalembert added 16 points for Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala had 11, and Jrue Holiday had 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

“We just didn’t have it,” Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said.

Chicago built a 21-point lead and had a 77-62 advantage after the third quarter.

Joakim Noah and Miller scored consecutive baskets to open the fourth to quickly put the Bulls back ahead by 19. The Sixers, 1-for-17 from 3-point range, never got within single digits the rest of the way.

“As a team, we have to do a better job,” Dalembert said. “We have to recognize situations and play better.”

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