Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks on his way to a game-high 23 points at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Derrick Rose returned from a five-game absence and scored 23 points to go with six assists and five rebounds as the Chicago Bulls held off the Atlanta Hawks, 90-79.
Carlos Boozer netted 16 points, while Joakim Noah pulled down 16 rebounds for Chicago, which outrebounded Atlanta 15-8 on the offensive glass and 51-41 overall.
Rose had been battling back spasms since February 6, when he left a lopsided win over New Jersey after playing only 11 minutes. He then played just 22 minutes in a rout of New Orleans two days later before missing the last five contests, where Chicago went 3-2.
Josh Smith had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Jannero Pargo added 19 points off the bench for the Hawks, who have lost four of their last five games and 7-of-10 overall.
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