Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/30/12
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CHICAGO -- Richard Hamilton made a successful return from a foot injury and the teammate he sent back to the bench, Marco Belinelli, scored 17 points in his return to a reserve role as the Chicago Bulls beat Washington 87-77 on Saturday at the United Center. Belinelli had started the previous 12 games in place of Hamilton, who tore the plantar fascia in his left foot on Dec. 1. Coming off the bench early this season, Belinelli struggled. But on Saturday, he was aggressive throughout his 33 minutes on the floor, hitting 7 of 16 shots. "I think it's his confidence," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. "When you're new to a team, I think he was trying to fit in, trying to learn the system. He's already proven to be a good player in this league, so you knew it was a matter of time. Once he had a better understanding of his teammates and his teammates had a better understanding of him, he's very good." Hamilton looked reasonably sharp, hitting 4 of 9 shots for 9 points in 15 minutes....
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