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Hamilton Leads Bulls Over Knicks, 98-86

Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks during the game on April 10, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks during the game on April 10, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Richard Hamilton scored 20 points, Luol Deng added 19 and the Chicago Bulls, playing without Derrick Rose again, beat the New York Knicks 98-86 Tuesday night.

Hamilton had 18 points in the third quarter to help Chicago stay ahead after building a 12-point halftime lead. Kyle Korver added 14 points and three blocks, and the Bulls prevailed despite Carmelo Anthony’s 29 points for New York.

Rose, meanwhile, was in an all-too familiar spot for the Bulls, nursing yet another injury. This time, it was a sprained right ankle.

The league’s reigning MVP was injured in the first half of Sunday’s overtime loss at New York, after he returned from a 12-game absence because of a groin problem.

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