Chicago 90, Phoenix 87

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Jalen Rose had several key free throws down the stretch among his 21 points and added a career-high 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double Monday night as the Chicago Bulls handed the Phoenix Suns a fourth straight defeat, 90-87.

Donyell Marshall scored 17 points, Tyson Chandler added 15 and Eddy Curry 13 for the Bulls, who had lost three in a row and 11 of 13.


Held scoreless in the first half, Rose scored 12 points in the third quarter as the Bulls outscored the Suns, 31-13, to take a 68-58 edge into the final 12 minutes.

Phoenix climbed within one point on several occasions in the last two minutes, but Rose went 9-of-10 from the line in the final 1:12, scoring all of Chicago's points as his team held on.

After Shawn Marion made a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to get the Suns within 88-87, Rose answered with two from the stripe with 1.2 seconds remaining, and Stephon Marbury did not get off a 3-pointer from midcourt before the buzzer.


Rookie Amare Stoudemire contributed 19 points and nine rebounds for the Suns. After tipping in his own missed jumper with 13 seconds left that got his team within 85-84, he missed the ensuing free throw.

Marion collected 18 points and eight rebounds and Joe Johnson added 16 points for Phoenix. Marbury was held to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting.

The Suns have lost 11 of 16 games to fall one-half game behind Houston for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.

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