CHICAGO, April 6 (UPI) -- Luol Deng's 26 points and Carlos Boozer's 14 rebounds Thursday lifted Chicago to a 93-86 win over Boston that snapped the Bulls' two-game skid.
Chicago played its 12th straight game without defending league MVP Derrick Rose, who missed the contest with a strained groin despite going through all of the team's workout earlier in the day.
The Bulls hope to have Rose back for their next contest Sunday.
The Bulls moved 2 1/2 games in front of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference and handed the Celtics their second straight loss. Boston is only a game in front of Philadelphia for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.