CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket between (L-R) Anthony Morrow #22, Shawne Williams #7 and Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at the United Center on January 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nets 110-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bulls Vs. Nets: Bulls Roll To 108-87 Victory

The Bulls defeated the Nets Monday night in New Jersey.

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VIDEO: Derrick Rose Suffers Back Injury Vs. Nets, Considered Day-To-Day

The Chicago Bulls cruised to a 108-87 road victory over the lowly New Jersey Nets on Monday night, but the team suffered a bit of a scare when star point guard Derrick Rose left for the locker room in the second quarter after re-aggravating a lingering back injury. He did not return to the game in the second half and finished with only four points in 11 minutes of action, but neither Rose nor head coach Tom Thibodeau sounded too concerned after the game.

Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago caught up with Rose after the game, and the all-star guard sounded fairly optimistic about the situation:

"Right now, I feel all right. Just back spasms, nothing to worry about. [Tuesday] we have a day off, get treatment, get a massage and hopefully I'll be playing next game," Rose said afterwards. "It was tight the whole game. It's just something where I've got to get a massage and stretched the right way, and hopefully it'll be gone.

"I can't remember when it happened. I was tight a couple of games ago, but tonight was pretty tough and intense," he continued. "For right now, I'll be playing next game. It's nothing like I'm going to be sitting out. I always want to think positive, just try to keep things going our way."

Here is the full video of the interview and the play where Rose re-aggravated his back injury:

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Bulls Vs. Nets Final Score: Chicago Coasts In New Jersey

The Chicago Bulls earned a wire-to-wire road victory by defeating the New Jersey Nets 108-87 at the Prudential Center on Monday night. Star guard Derrick Rose exited early with back spasms, but coach Tom Thibodeau didn't need him. The Bulls outclassed the Nets from the start with hot shooting and crisp ball shooting. The win moved Chicago to 21-6, while New Jersey drops to 3-8.

More: Bulls coast to win vs. Nets

Chicago shot 40-of-72 (55 percent) from the field, while New Jersey was just 32-of-70 (40.5 percent). The Bulls also finished with 10 more assists (29-19) and connected on six more three-pointers.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Luol Deng played 34 minutes and scored 19 points. C.J. Watson played well in Rose's place, finishing with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds.

Deron Williams scored 25 to lead New Jersey. Sundiata Gaints scored 12 and Jordan Farmar scored 11 off the bench for New Jersey.

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Luol Deng Injury Update: Tom Thibodeau Says Bulls' Forward 'Diligent' In Rehab

While the Chicago Bulls seem content to rest starting shooting guard Richard 'Rip' Hamilton until his groin is fully healed, coach Tom Thibodeau is not being as generous with time off for Luol Deng. Deng has a wrist injury significant enough to warrant what would likely be season-ending surgery should he choose to have it, but after missing seven games, the small forward returned to score 21 points against the Milwaukee Bucks in a 113-90 Bulls win on Saturday.

Before tonight's contest against the New Jersey Nets, Thibodeau talked about how he was impressed with Deng's work ethic during his time off:

He stayed in great shape. He prepared himself well. He was diligent with his rehab. He did all the things you'd expect a good pro to do. I saw how hard he was working on his conditioning so I knew that part of it he would be fine.

CSN has the video:

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Bulls Vs. Nets Score Update: Chicago Leads By 19 After Three

Derrick Rose might be out for the rest of the game, but it doesn't appear like the Chicago Bulls will be in need of the reigning MVP's services tonight against the New Jersey Nets. Chicago leads the Nets 84-64 after three quarters. After scoring four points, Rose exited the game permanently with back spasms.

Power forward Carlos Boozer has led the Chicago attack. He has 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Luol Deng, in his second game since returning from a wrist injury, has 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Ronnie Brewer, starting in place of the injured Rip Hamilton, has 12 points. Guard C.J. Watson has 11 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in Rose's stead.

New Jersey is being led by star point guard Deron Williams, who has 21 points and five assists. Kris Humphries has added 10 points for the Nets.

Chicago is shooting 33-of-60 from the field (55%) and has connected on 9-of-14 three-pointers.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls PG Out For 2nd Half With Back Spasms

Derrick Rose headed into the locker room late in the second quarter on Monday night, and it appears his back is bothering him again. He'll skip the second half of the team's game against New Jersey, according to ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell.

With the Bulls rolling over the Nets, and New Orleans and Charlotte on the horizon, it's a good time to rest Rose, if that is necessary. Rose finished with four points in 11 minutes against the Nets.

Related: Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Continues Road Trip, Visits Nets, Hornets And Bobcats

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Bulls Vs. Nets Score Update: Chicago Leads 62-37 At Halftime

The New Jersey Nets were much more competitive in the second quarter but were not able to put a dent in the huge lead the Chicago Bulls built in the first quarter. The Bulls shot 63.9% from the field in the first half and hit seven of 10 three-point attempts. Luol Deng, not too hampered by his wrist injury, apparently, has 13 points to lead the Bulls. Carlos Boozer has 12 points and five assists.

Related: Bulls injury update: Deng returns to the fullest, Rose has a stiff back

Derrick Rose, who has been bothered by a back injury, did head to the locker room before the end of the half, and has played just 11 minutes. His status is unknown.

Deron Williams leads New Jersey with 12 points.

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Bulls Vs. Nets Score Update: Chicago Cruising Early, Up 35-14 After 1st Quarter

It looks like the Chicago Bulls are dispensing with the New Jersey Nets very quickly on Monday night, as they've already built a 21-point lead through one quarter of play. The Nets have had no answer for Chicago's offense to this point, as the Bulls have practically scored at will.

Related: Bulls injury update: Deng returns to the fullest, Rose has a stiff back

Luol Deng finished the period a perfect 5-5 from the field and scored 13 points to lead Chicago. Derrick Rose, who picked up a pair of fouls, logged just three minutes of playing time but did hit his lone shot attempt. As a team, the Bulls hit 13-of-17 field goal attempts, including 4-of-5 three-point attempts.

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Bulls Schedule 2012: Chicago Continues Road Trip, Visits Nets, Hornets And Bobcats

The Bulls face a trio of struggling opponents in their first full week of February games.

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