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Chicago Bulls earn win behind gutsy effort from Rip Hamilton

Rip Hamilton plays through ankle injury in Chicago win.

US PRESSWIRE

After landing awkwardly during Friday's Chicago Bulls win over the Philadelphia 76ers, guard Richard Hamilton couldn't put pressure on his left foot and needed help leaving the court.

Fortunately for the injury-plagued Bulls, who are already without star and fellow starting guard Derrick Rose until at least after the All-Star break, Hamilton was able to return to the game.

Hamilton went to the locker room for treatment but returned to the bench and, eventually, the game, where he was able to play through the pain. Hamilton is scheduled to have an MRI, according to Aggrey Sam of Comcast Sports Net Chicago.

"It was a lot scarier than I thought, but we'll see," Hamilton told Sam. "Tomorrow I'm supposed to get an MRI on it. But the good thing about it, I was able to put a little bit of weight on it and I was able to go back into the game. I didn't get an x-ray. It was just one of those things, it's all feeling and there was a lot of adrenaline still in the game. I felt as though I could still move. I know I wasn't 100 percent or anything like that, but I felt as though I could still get out there and help the team."