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Rose, Hinrich Lead Bulls Past Bobcats
CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose scored 26 points, Kirk Hinrich added 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-88 on Saturday night to boost their playoff hopes.

Trailing by six midway through the fourth after building a 13-point lead in the first half, the Bulls went on a 16-3 run and pulled out their sixth win in eight games.

They remained 1 game behind eighth-place Toronto in the Eastern Conference and pulled within three of Charlotte thanks to a late surge that came just when it appeared the Bobcats were ready to put the game away.

Boris Diaw scored 18 points and former Bulls player Larry Hughes and Gerald Wallace added 14 apiece, but Charlotte couldn't protect a six-point lead it built in the fourth after trailing the entire game.

A 3-pointer by D.J. Augustin with 6:15 left made it 82-76. Then, in a flash, the Bulls were on their way.

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