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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 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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