The Bulls lead the league in assists per game, which is more impressive considering Rip Hamilton played in only 11 games before the All-Star break.

Hamilton returned to the starting lineup Tuesday in a 99-95 victory over New Orleans at the United Center, and a team that shares the ball better than any other became noticeably more proficient in that all-important area.

The Hornets wouldn't go away, though, going on a 13-0 run for a 95-91 lead with 1:26 left before Derrick Rose took over and his teammates made four defensive stops while ending the game by scoring eight straight.

"We do it together, but that kid is special, man," Carlos Boozer said of Rose.