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ORLANDO, Fla. -- If the Chicago Bulls are going to make a run at an NBA championship this season, they will need a healthy Derrick Rose to do it. For now, though, they continue to find a way to beat the top teams in the Eastern Conference without their most indispensable star. With the reigning MVP out nursing a sore groin for the fourth straight game, Roses teammates used a smothering defence and capitalized on a plethora of Orlando Magic turnovers in an 85-59 victory Monday night. Carlos Boozer picked up the scoring slack with 24 points and 13 rebounds -- his third 20-point scoring effort against the Magic this season -- and John Lucas added 20 points off the bench in just 21 minutes of action to lead the Bulls. "The real story honestly is our defence," said Boozer, whose team has beaten their next three chasers in the Eastern Conference in the past six days. "Our defence was ... that was probably one of the best performances weve had this season. "It was fitting because they kicked our butt in Chicago, (and) got a big win. For us to come back and do this ... its a big win for us." The Bulls defence was indeed the thing to marvel at Monday, with the 59 points they surrendered setting a new franchise record for fewest regular-season points allowed. It was also a milestone night for Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, who became the fastest coach in NBA history to earn 100 career victories. Thibodeau did it in just 130 games, one game faster than Avery Johnson when he set the previous standard in 2006. "We had a lot a of guys step up," Thibodeau said. "We caught a break. They played last night in a tough game. Were fresh, so we had an advantage there and they missed some shots they normally make." The Bulls won for the fifth time in six games. They also improved to 3-1 over the past four games playing without Rose, who continued to nurse a sore groin. Thibodeau gave credit to his "great players" for his coaching record, and they gave it back to him. "He puts the work in and the time in and it shows," Lucas said. "Hes still a student of the game of basketball and hes always learning something. ... When you have a coach like that, youre going to be successful." Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic, who had 19 turnovers. Orlando had 11 in the first half, just two in the third quarter, but six more in the final 12 minutes. The Magic have lost three of their last four since posting a three-game win streak. Theyve also now gone six straight quarters without scoring at least 20 points. Turnovers were a factor in the Magics loss to the Bulls in early January and they again played a huge role Monday as Orlandos miscues yielded 25 of Chicagos points. By comparison, the Bulls 16 turnovers only led to seven points for the Magic. Orlando trailed by double-digits for most of the second half, before cutting a 15-point Bulls first-half lead to 12 entering the fourth quarter as its early turnover issues began to subside. The Bulls offence was steady down the stretch, though, and Joakim Noahs three-point play on a two-handed dunk over Glen Davis with 6:54 to play in the game put them up 72-52 to end any comeback hope. "When you play the way we played tonight, this is a team-wide thing," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Ive got to take responsibility." Van Gundy said there isnt one singular issue ailing his team right now. "I mean, its everything," he said. "I really need to take a look at when were playing back-to-back games, and were just not creating any shots. Obviously, we played Chicago 11 days ago and we were able to create shots. We played Miami and we were able to create shots. This is clearly not satisfactory." As for where the Magic can go from here, Davis said there is still much gelling to do on the court. "If we want to win we all have to buy in -- me, the team, the most important guy all the way to the least important guy," Davis said. "Consistency (is whats lacking). Sometimes we get bored with the journey and just play to the level that we need to. "You saw a team out there playing without their biggest star and did what they needed to do to win. They beat us with no problem. I wish they would have had Derrick Rose, in a sense." Notes: Rose missed his 14th game of the season after sitting just six games in his first three NBA seasons combined. He appeared in 81 regular-season games in two of those seasons. His status continues to be day-to-day. ... Howard received his ninth technical of the season in the third quarter. ... Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said that the focus for the Magic over their final 19 games would be on reducing turnovers and building better defensive habits. "Were just not building solid habits and making good enough decisions," he said. "And at the end of the day, you are going to hit the playoffs and you are going to be left with your habits. Were running out of time. We have 5 1/2 weeks and its time." ... The Magic dropped to 7-8 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. wholesale jerseys .1 million) for 2013 in response to player concerns about compensation at Grand Slam tournaments. Tournament director Craig Tiley said the A$4 million ($4. jerseys from china . According to French newspaper LEquipe, the 2014 Giro will start in the Northern Irish capital before crossing over into Ireland and heading into Dublin. http://www.chinawholesalejerseysnfl.com/ . Schieber scored in the 57th minute following a perfectly timed low cross from the right by substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski. Schieber slid between City defenders Vincent Kompany and Maicon to tap the ball into the net. cheap jerseys from china . This is the fourth time since Brodeur broke into the league in 1992 with the Devils that he has been involved in a work stoppage. He was called up to the NHL two days before the players went on strike in 1992; his career has also been affected by lockouts in 1994, 2004 and now currently in 2012. cheap jerseys . The injury means the 27-year-old winger becomes the only player on the team roster who is not officially locked out by the NHL. Under the lockout rules, Michalek is allowed to go the rink and get treatment for his injury.NEW YORK -- The only things standing in the way of a major college football playoff are 12 university presidents. They figure to be more of a speed bump than a road block. The BCS commissioners will present their four-team playoff proposal to the presidential oversight committee Tuesday in Washington. The committee is headed by Virginia Techs Charles W. Steger and includes one university leader from each of the 11 major football conferences, as well as independent Notre Dame. Whether approval will come quickly or the presidents will take some time to mull over the proposal, maybe toss it back for tweaks, is unknown. The commissioners have been careful not to get too far out in front of the presidents when publicly talking about a playoff. But it is safe to say the men who have spent hours upon hours hashing this out over the last six months believe their bosses will approve of their work. "Im confident as we brief (the presidents) over the next week or so, give them an understanding of the evolution of the ideas -- whats been put off to the side, why its been put off to the side, how we were able to manage the things that seemed to be irreconcilable for a long time -- that they will give our advice appropriate weight," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said after last weeks meetings in Chicago. "Could there be a present with a bow on it and everything wrapped up (Tuesday)?" Delany said. "It could happen, if youre real optimistic. But I would think well probably need to spend some more time together, and probably resolve some outstanding issues." The Big Ten presidents and their cohorts in the Pac-12 havent been as quick to embrace the idea of a playoff. A model called the plus-one, which is basically the BCS but with participants for the No. 1 vs. No. 2 championship game determined after the bowls are played instead of before, was deemed preferable to a playoff by those leagues. Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who is a member of the oversight committee, has said he still prefers the status quo to a playoff and that he will need convincing to sign off on the commissioners plan. But he also usually qualifies his comments on changes to tthe college football post-season the way he did to The Washington Post last week: "Clearly, that all the commissioners reached a consensus of some sort is a big step," he told the newspaper.dddddddddddd "I think the presidents would be reluctant to overrule the people that actually work in the area unless there was good reason to do so." The plan to be presented would go into effect during the 2014 season. Under the proposal, national semifinals would be played on New Years Eve or New Years Day. The sites for those games will rotate among the four current BCS games -- Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta -- and possibly another bowl or two. The national championship game would be played about 10 days later at another neutral site. The title game site would be bid on the way the NFL handles where the Super Bowl is played. Any city that can pay the multimillion dollar tab and accommodate a huge event could potentially host college footballs championship game, including those that dont currently host bowl games. The plan also calls for college footballs final four to be determined by a selection committee, though who will be on that committee and how big it will be is to be determined. The commissioners are also working on parameters and guidelines to give the proposed selection committee that they hope will eliminate some of the subjectivity that hampers the current system. The commissioners want strength of schedule emphasized and to give conference champions some preference. They are also working on power rankings, similar to the RPI used by the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee. The commissioners will have about four hours Tuesday to make their case. While they would like to have this wrapped up sooner rather than later, there is really no hard deadline. The new format needs to be finalized by the time television contract negotiations begin in the fall. The current deal ends after the 2013 season. Current TV partner ESPN will have an exclusive first crack at making a deal, but there is no drop-dead date for that window to open. So even though there is no finish line, the end of this playoff process seems to be approaching. ' ' ' 

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