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By Dwayne C. Nelson

Last night the Chicago Bulls showed the rest of the NBA what they and their fans already know: They’re a pretty darn good team.

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The Bulls (38-16) started fast and never let up on the San Antonio Spurs (46-10), racing to 109-99 win at the United Center in Chicago. The Spurs entered the game with the best record in the league but left humbled after watching Chicago point guard Derrick Rose run wild for 48 minutes.

Rose scored a career-high 42 points, dished out 8 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds in the Bulls’ big win before the All-Star break. The Spurs’ Tony Parker had 26 points and 4 dimes in losing the matchup of two of the league’s premiere ballhandlers.

Dallas 112, Phoenix 106.

Dallas: Dirk Nowitzki, 35 points (three 3-pointers).

Phoenix: Channing Frye, 24 points (three 3-pointers) and 8 rebounds.

Dwayne C. Nelson is an arts & entertainment and sports blogger whose content is featured on various Web sites, including Associated Content, Yahoo! Sports and News One. You can now follow him on twitter to stay abreast of his latest posts.

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