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CHICAGO -- Stung by the Luol Deng trade, the Chicago Bulls found a way to ease their pain. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys . Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Chicago beat the Phoenix Suns 92-87 on Tuesday night in its first game after parting with Deng. Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to their sixth win in eight games. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 13. Tony Snell added 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 13. Chicago sent Deng to Cleveland in a deal that was announced early Tuesday morning after the two-time All-Star recently turned down a proposed contract extension, a move that hurts in the short term but gives the Bulls flexibility to add to their roster down the road. It also could also help knock them into the lottery, although thats far from a sure thing given the weak state of the Eastern Conference. Either way, they werent conceding anything on Tuesday. "We lost a really great teammate, a really great player last night/this morning," Butler said. "Im glad we got the win." Goran Dragic scored 21 for Phoenix, but the Suns simply couldnt get into gear after winning 11 of their previous 14. Their 87 points were one off their season low, and they matched one with 12 assists. Tops in the NBA in fast-break points, Phoenix managed just 10 against defensive-minded Chicago. The Suns played without guard Eric Bledsoe, who missed his third consecutive game with a sprained right knee, but the Bulls were hardly operating at full strength. Besides dealing Deng, they were without Carlos Boozer. He missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee, leaving Chicago with just nine players available. The Bulls were leading by five early in the fourth when Snell hit back-to-back 3s. Noah then scored on a layup to make it 78-65, and Chicago hung on after it got tight again late in the game. Phoenixs Miles Plumlee hit a free throw to make it 85-81. But Kirk Hinrich answered with a 3 to bump the lead to seven with two minutes remaining. "It doesnt matter if they have five people or 12 people," the Suns Channing Frye said. "Theyre going to come out here and play as hard as they can. They have really good players. Guys that want to prove themselves." It was a difficult day for both teams, with the Suns departure from Phoenix delayed to Tuesday because of the subzero temperatures in Chicago and the Bulls trading away one of their best players. Chicago acquired three draft picks from Cleveland along with Andrew Bynum, who was promptly waived in a move that took Chicago off the hook for the remaining $6 million on his two-year, $24 million deal. But trading Deng was yet another big blow for a team that expected to challenge the Miami Heat for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Roses season-ending knee injury in November dashed those hopes, and Deng is gone now, too. "We can accept our circumstances as they are, or we can do all we can to change them and turn them into something positive," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Thats one of the things Ive admired about our team -- theyve accepted every challenge." Theyre facing another one after trading Deng. Snell referred to him as a "big brother," and Butler has repeatedly mentioned how much he learned from him. "He told me hes going to miss me, and Lus never told me anything nice since Ive been here," Butler said, grinning. NOTES: Along with Bynum, Cleveland also sent the Bulls a first-round pick, two second-rounders, and gave Chicago the right to swap first-round choices in 2015 if the Cavs are not in the lottery. ... Bulls executive vice-president of basketball operations John Paxson apologized to Deng for the way the organization publicly handled his illness during last years playoffs. The Bulls said at the time he was out with flu-like symptoms. An angry Deng posted on Twitter from a hospital that he had a more serious condition that required a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. "We did not handle that as well as we could have and should have," Paxson said. "We spoke to Lu. I guess we didnt understand the gravity in that moment, and thats on us. Over the summer we talked to both Lu and Herb (Rudoy, his agent). We apologized. Thats something that we dropped the ball on." ... Leandro Barbosa arrived in Chicago and was expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Suns. Barbosa spent his first seven years with Phoenix but has not played in the NBA since he suffered a season-ending knee injury playing for Boston on Feb. 11, 2013. Cheap Oilers Jerseys . Catch all the action on TSN starting at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. Toronto won at Denver and Utah, but lost in Portland and Sacramento. The Kings loss was the most recent game for the Raptors. Wholesale Oilers Jerseys .com) - John Wall supplied 24 points and 11 assists in leading the Washington Wizards to a 102-91 win over the New York Knicks on Christmas Day. http://www.cheapedmontonoilersjerseys.com/ . - The Minnesota Vikings have ruled Christian Ponder out for Sundays game at Baltimore, because the quarterback has not yet passed all of his post-concussion tests.The fight for Champions League qualification from the Premier League intensified Sunday, with Arsenal dismantling Aston Villa in its biggest win of the season and Southampton surrendering third place after a surprise home loss to Swansea.Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott — starting their first league games after long injury lay-offs — were among Arsenals five different scorers in a 5-0 win at Emirates Stadium, continuing the free-scoring form of Arsene Wengers team and leaving relegation-threatened Villa with an unwanted record.For the first time in its 141-year history, Villa has gone six league games without a goal.Arsenal stayed fifth but is now level on points with Southampton, which failed to translate its dominance into goals before being caught out by Jonjo Shelveys 83rd-minute shot in a 1-0 defeat.A frustrating afternoon was complete for Southampton when left back Ryan Bertrand was sent off in the 89th for a dangerous tackle.Only five points separate third-place Manchester United and seventh-place Liverpool with 15 games remaining, in what is shaping up to be a scramble for the final two Champions League spots behind the top two of Chelsea and Manchester City.On current form, Arsenal is looking good to return to Europes top competition for an 18th straight season.With its injury problems finally relenting, Wengers attack-minded team has scored 15 goals in the last five games — all of them wins. And it didnt even miss injured star forward Alexis Sancchez on Sunday. Cheap Edmonton Oilers Jerseys. A miserable afternoon for Villa began when Ozil flicked a long pass through to Olivier Giroud, who surged clear and chipped the goalkeeper in the eighth. The roles were reversed in the 56th, Giroud playing in Ozil for the Germany playmaker to slot a low finish into the corner.In the final half hour, Walcott finished off a counter-attack, Santi Cazorla converted a penalty and right back Hector Bellerin completed the rout in injury time.I believe that we should try to be consistent and see what happens, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, when asked if it was too late to make a charge for the title.Arsenal is 11 points behind league leader Chelsea.It is more than 600 minutes since Villa scored in the Premier League and the team is two points and three places above the relegation zone.You probably cant print the things I am thinking, Villa manager Paul Lambert said.Southampton passed up a great chance to stay in third place, with Swansea appearing to be at the hosts mercy without suspended playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson and having sold top scorer Wilfried Bony to Manchester City this month.Several chances were spurned by Southampton before Shelvey struck a fierce shot that goalkeeper Fraser Forster could only palm into the top corner of the net.They came for one point and they got three points, said Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, whose team had only lost twice at home this season — to the two Manchester giants. 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