NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Even if Derrick Rose wasn't ready to return, the Chicago Bulls got healthier as a team over the All-Star break -- and it showed.
Luol Deng scored 20 points, Kirk Hinrich returned from a seven-game absence with 10 assists, and the Chicago Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.
"We all needed a little break," said Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer, who had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. "(We needed to) get away from it, get rejuvenated, get recharged, especially mentally. Obviously, physically, too. We had a lot of guys who were banged up. Some of us are still banged up, but we're playing through it."
Chicago, which hopes Rose will return from last season's left knee injury in time for the stretch run to the playoffs, has now gone 31-22 without him.
"We're a complete team," said Boozer, whose team plays next at home against first-place Miami on Thursday night. "We've got great players at each p...