Bulls' Rose back vs Knicks after missing 12 games

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Derrick Rose returned to Chicago's lineup Sunday at New York, giving the Bulls their projected starting five for just the 11th time this season.

Rose missed 12 straight games with a strained right groin and has been sidelined 22 times this season because of a variety of injuries.

The Bulls had the reigning MVP in the lineup for the afternoon tip with Richard Hamilton, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng for the first time since March 5 against Indiana. They are 9-1 with that group.

Despite the injuries, Chicago entered the game with an NBA-best 43-13 record.