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    (SportsNetwork. Kyle Peko Jersey .com) - The Chicago Bulls have been on a roll no matter who suits up and will go for their fifth straight win Saturday versus the Boston Celtics at the United Center. With guard and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose hampered with two sprained ankles, the Bulls havent missed a beat and recorded a 118-115 victory in Philadelphia Friday night. Mike Dunleavy scored 27 points and Jimmy Butler added 23, while Pau Gasol ended with 17 and 12 rebounds. Our guys did a good job of recognizing he was going well, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Dunleavy, who was 9-of-15 from the floor and sank five of his eight 3-point shots. Kirk Hinrich ran the point and chipped in 13 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who shot 51.3 percent and made 12-of-24 3-pointers. The Bulls reached 100 points for the fourth time this season and are sixth in the league with 104.8 ppg. Bulls guard Aaron Brooks left the game with an ankle issue and had 10 points in a reserve role. He is questionable versus the Celtics. Rose, meanwhile, is still considered day-to-day. Well see (Saturday), Thibodeau said. Well see where he is. If he can go, I think he has to go. If he cant, then he doesnt. Its really that simple. Its the only way hes going to shake the rust off is getting out there and playing. The Bulls have proven they can win without Rose, who has played three games this season, averaging 15.3 ppg. Boston ended a three-game slide with Fridays 101-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden, as Jared Sullinger led the way with 17 points and Jeff Green contributed 15 and seven rebounds. Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who hit 45.9 percent of their shots and lost rookie guard Marcus Smart to an ankle injury. Smart played 15 minutes and had three points before being carted off the floor. X-rays on Smarts ankle were negative. Smart, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, drove the lane early in the fourth and was fouled by A.J. Price as the two got tangled up. Smart rolled his ankle on Lavoy Allens shoe before getting fouled, and immediately grabbed at his lower left leg in pain. Were hoping its a sprain, but we dont know that. So obviously a great deal of concern for him, No. 1, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. And hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later because hes really playing great basketball, and Im sure its really disappointing to be out five games into your rookie year, even if just for a little bit of time. Thats what we hope it is. Smart is averaging 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. The Celtics, who are third in the NBA with 106.4 ppg and 29th in opponents scoring (107.0 ppg), will return home for three games after their trip to the Windy City. Guard Rajon Rondo (hand) is expected to miss Saturdays game in Chicago and is averaging 9.0 points and an NBA-best 11.2 assists. Chicago won all three meetings with Boston last season and is 10-3 in the past 13 games in this series. The Celtics are winless in three straight appearances at the United Center and 5-15 over the last 20 games there. Dawson Knox Jersey . -- The Phoenix Coyotes have won three in a row for the first time in 4 1/2 months, and theyve done it just in time for the stretch run to the playoffs. Vladimir Ducasse Jersey . And all things considered, the first 40 games have offered a little bit of everything from a hockey club that faced many questions in its first year under new management, with a new head coach and with a number of new faces in the lineup. However, with a recent dip in scoring, it seems some of the same old questions persist and several new ones have been raised after a somewhat troubling homestand. . CEO Steve Koonin on Tuesday told the Hawks flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline Ferry but allowed him to keep his job managing the team. He did not say what the punishment was, but noted that he relied on a law firms three-month investigation of Ferry and him describing Deng as someone who has a little African in him.PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova coach Jay Wright believed his Wildcats had a chance to be good this season, thanks to the players chemistry. He just didnt expect them to be this good. Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating 77-59 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, preserving the Wildcats hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points, and James Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 apiece for the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2), who won their sixth straight game while tying the 2005-06 team for second-most wins in program history. Villanovas 16 Big East wins are the most in school history. "I dont try to predict our record but if someone forced me to, I never wouldve predicted 28-3," Wright said. Wright said the teams togetherness, which has been evident since preseason workouts in the summer, is a key to the Wildcats success. "Most of your teams that are good get along, but this is a really unique group," Wright said. "I think they are all really similar, and they do look out for each other. Its a pleasure to coach guys who love to play. They love to play together. It was really fun to be a part of that." Said Hilliard, "We just like each other, man. We dont have nothing against each other. Were really like brothers. We like talking with each other and enjoy being around each other, even off the court." The Wildcats team-first mentality showed against the Hoyas, as five players scored in double-figures. Bell entered Saturday averaging a team-best 15 points per game, which is unusually low for a team so highly regarded. "At the offensive end, theyre a very, very unselfish team," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "They drive, kick it to the person and that person can make a shot. They have several players on their team who would be the point person, the star on other teams. They have different players who can step up.

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