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Bulls Rout Bobcats 100-68 Without Rose, Deng

Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena on April 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Richard Hamilton scored 22 points in just 24 minutes as the Chicago Bulls took a step closer to wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 100-68 rout of the dreadful Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Hamilton made his first seven shots from the field, including four from beyond the arc and the outcome was never in doubt.

Despite playing without leading scorers Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the floor and connected on 9 of 19 shots from 3-point range to bounce back from Tuesday night’s surprising 87-84 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Kemba Walker scored 16 points for the Bobcats, who’ve lost a franchise-record 18 straight games. If the Bobcats lose their final five games they will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history.

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