Reaching 15,000 career points in a 110-95 victory Monday against the New Jersey Nets was a nice achievement for Rip Hamilton, but the veteran guard has given the Bulls something even more notable in their last two games.

Hamilton scored 20 points Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats, the first time since Tom Thibodeau became the Bulls' coach that a shooting guard scored 20 points in a game.

Hamilton followed up that performance with a 22-point effort Monday, giving the Bulls reason to believe they have found the second backcourt scoring threat they lacked in their five-game loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals last season.