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Hornets Vs. Bulls: Chicago Outlasts New Orleans 99-95

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Hornets on Tuesday.

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Bulls Vs. Hornets Final Score: Chicago Survives Against New Orleans

The Chicago Bulls blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Hornets, but a late jumper and a couple clutch free throws by Derrick Rose lifted Chicago to a 99-95 win. The victory improves Chicago to 28-8 overall and 14-2 at home, while New Orleans falls to 8-26.

The story before the game was the return of shooting guard Rip Hamilton to coach Tom Thibodeau's lineup, but Rose's stellar effort will surely grab headlines tomorrow. Rose ended the game with 32 points and nine assists on 11-of-24 shooting. Fellow starters Joakim Noah (15 points and 16 rebounds), Luol Deng (14 points and 11 rebounds) and Carlos Boozer (14 points) put up nice stat lines but were instrumental in blowing the fourth quarter lead. Hamilton finished with six points in 16 minutes.

Chris Kaman had 17 points to lead New Orleans.

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Bulls Vs. Hornets Score Update: Chicago Enters The Fourth With A 76-70 Lead

The Chicago Bulls entered halftime down three to the New Orleans Hornets at the United Center on Tuesday night, but a strong third quarter sparked by reigning MVP Derrick Rose gives Chicago a 76-70 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Four of Chicago's five starters have reached double-figures -- and Rip Hamilton has looked good enough in his 14 minutes to leave Bulls fans content. Rose has a game-high 19 points and eight assists through three quarters. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer each have 14 points for Chicago. Joakim Noah didn't score in the third, but still has 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Chris Kamen leads the Hornets with 17 points.

Chicago is shooting 36-of-70 from the field (51 percent), while New Orleans is shooting just 36 percent.

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Bulls Vs. Hornets Score Update: Chicago Trails By Three At Half

Tuesday night's matchup against the New Orleans Hornets offered a rare opportunity for the Chicago Bulls to play at full strength. Shooting guard Rip Hamilton returned to the lineup after missing months with a groin injury, and helped Chicago build a first quarter lead before the Hornets stormed ahead in the second to take a 50-47 lead into the break.

The Bulls were outscored 24-17 in the second quarter. Chris Kamen has been great for New Orleans -- though not great enough to back up Bulls announcer Stacey King's assertion that he's the third best center in the NBA. Kamen has 10 points and six rebounds at the break. Guard Greivis Vasquez also has 10 points for New Orleans.

Hamilton converted an And-1 in the opening minute, but those were the only three points he'd score in seven minutes of action. Joakim Noah has 13 points and five rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting. Derrick Rose has 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

For updates on the matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit Blog a Bull. News and notes from around the NBA are available at SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Bulls Vs. Hornets Score Update: Chicago Leads 30-26 After 1st Quarter

Richard Hamilton is back in the Chicago Bulls' lineup and playing in his first game in February following a 13-game absence, and Chicago has taken a 30-26 lead on New Orleans as the two teams head into the second quarter.

Related: Bulls Vs. Hornets: Richard Hamilton Back In Chicago's Lineup

Both Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer had big opening quarters for Chicago, and they lead the team in scoring with 11 points and eight points, respectively. Hamilton has three points in his return, while Derrick Rose has six points on 3-8 shooting to go with four assists. The Bulls shot 56% from the field in the period.

Greivis Vasquez leads New Orleans with nine points, and Chris Kaman has eight.

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Bulls Vs. Hornets: Richard Hamilton Back In Chicago's Lineup

Earlier Tuesday, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was optimistic that shooting guard Richard Hamilton would be able to get back into the lineup -- pending his performance during warmups.

Related: Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: 2011-12 Open Game Thread #6

Shortly before the start of Tuesday's game against New Orleans, the Bulls announced that Hamilton would indeed return to the lineup.

Hamilton has missed 13 straight games but will return back to his place in the starting lineup.

With a game that involves constant motion and running off of screens, Thibodeau is hoping it’s an easy transition.

"He’s been around a long time and it’s a long time to be off," said Thibodeau. "Hopefully, he can pick up where he left off."

Hamilton is averaging 14.2 points per game this season.

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Hornets Vs. Bulls Preview: Richard Hamilton A Game-Time Decision On Tuesday

The Chicago Bulls (27-8) host the New Orleans Hornets (8-25) on Tuesday night at the United Center.

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