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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.

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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.

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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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