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Boozer hurts ankle in Bulls' win

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The Bulls' thrilling win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night apparently came with a heavy price.

Power forward Carlos Boozer was injured as the Bulls scored the game-winning basket in the 99-96 victory.

The Bulls didn't disclose any information about the injury, but Boozer left the United Center with his left foot and ankle in a boot. He was taken from the locker room to the loading dock where the players park in a golf cart with his foot propped up.

Boozer didn't comment as he left, but a team source said he tweaked the ankle and severity of it won't be known until today.

On the play where Boozer was hurt, Derrick Rose missed a short shot in traffic. Boozer tipped the ball out - where Kyle Korver gathered it and hit a three-pointer with 25.5 seconds left - and injured the ankle as he landed.

Boozer signed with the Bulls as a free agent over the summer. He missed the first five weeks of the regular season after breaking his right hand in a home accident during the first week of training camp.

He has played well since returning to action on Dec. 1 and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 20.1 points in 25 games.

If Boozer is sidelined any length of time, the Bulls will be severely shorthanded upfront because center Joakim Noah (thumb surgery) is out for about another month.

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