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NBA: Derrick Rose leads Chicago Bulls to victory over Atlanta Hawks

Chicago Bulls 90 Atlanta Hawks 79

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket under pressure from Kirk Hinrich #6 and Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: John Lucas III #15 of the Chicago Bulls is fouled by Jannero Pargo #7 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls blocks a shot by Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls is fouled as he goes up for a shot by Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks on his way to a game-high 23 points at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks on his way to a game-high 23 points at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls yells during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: A member of the Chicago Bulls dance team "The Luvabulls" performs during a game between the Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls is fouled by Kirk Hinrich #6 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls is fouled while trying to rebound by Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls is fouled while trying to rebound by Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot over Willie Green #33 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after missing a shot against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot over Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks on his way to a game-high 23 points at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks on his way to a game-high 23 points at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: A member of the Chicago Bulls dance team "The Luvabulls" performs during a game between the Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks leaps to pass between Derrick Rose #1 and Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks puts up a shot against Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks dunks the ball over Joakim Naoh #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots between Joakim Noah #13 and Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls forces a jump ball while grabbing Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Tracy McGrady #1 of the Atlanta Hawks playfully pulls the hair bun of Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Willie Green #33 of the Atlanta Hawks goes up for a shot past Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Jannero Pargo #7 of the Atlanta Hawks puts up a shot between Mike James #8 (L) and Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Loul Deng #9 and Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls battle for a rebound with Jannero Pargo #7 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

All-star guard Derrick Rose made a winning return to the Chicago Bulls line-up last night, scoring 23 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 90-79 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

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Rose had missed the Bulls' last five games after suffering back pain, including a 12-point defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Nets.

Last night's win - the 12th in 14 home games - kept the Bulls within touching distance of the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference lead.

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