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Deng scores 18 in preseason opener

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Bulls center Joakim Noah steals the ball from Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi during the second half of a preseason game Tuesday night at the United Center. The Bulls won, 92-88.

CHICAGO – Luol Deng scored 18 points and Nazr Mohammed added 13 points and 12 rebounds to help the Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-88, in a preseason game Tuesday night.

Trailing 52-49 at half, the Bulls scored the first 14 points in the third quarter to pull away. Richard Hamilton made a jumper to give the Bulls a 63-52 lead and Nate Robinson made a 3 from the corner to extend the Bulls’ lead to 81-65 late in the third quarter. Hamilton scored eight points in the third quarter and finished with 13.

The Bulls played without Derrick Rose, who still is recovering from knee surgery, stemming from his torn ACL during the 2012 playoffs.

Jerome Jordan led the Grizzlies (1-1) with 13 points and Ronald Murray added 11 points.


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