Rose leads Bulls past Paul, Clippers

Score another one for the reigning MVP.

In a game between two of the NBA's top point guards, Derrick Rose got the better of Chris Paul as the Chicago Bulls topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-101, at Staples Center.

Rose had 29 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds in helping the Bulls win three times on their four-game season-opening road trip.

Luol Deng and Joakim Noah each contributed 19 points and eight rebounds, as Chicago pulled away in the final quarter to spoil the home opener for the Clippers. Richard Hamilton provided 16 points.

Paul and Rose have squared off against each other five times in their career, with Rose and the Bulls owning a 5-0 record. The previous four games were against the Hornets.

Blake Griffin totaled 34 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who haven't won a home opener since November 2, 2007 when they defeated Golden State. Paul chipped in 15 points, 14 assists and four steals.

The Clippers, who played without Chauncey Billups (sore right groin), were as close as three early in the fourth, but the Bulls were perfect from beyond the arc (5-of-5) and at the foul line (10-of-10) in the last quarter.