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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