Updated: December 21, 2009, 11:27 PM ET

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Confidence Slowly Returning For Bulls

By Nick Friedell

Derrick Rose and the Bulls are slowly starting to gain back something they've lost over the last month of the season.


The budding confidence was on full display Saturday night as the Bulls came from behind to claw out a 101-98 overtime victory over the Hawks. Rose had a regular-season career high 32 points and chipped in six assists and four rebounds as the Bulls fought back to knock off a team that had beaten them by 35 points just two weeks ago.

"We've been playing hard," Rose said after the game. "We knew coming into this game we had a chance of winning . Everybody's just focused now and everybody's on the right page."

While a modest two-game winning streak doesn't mean that the Bulls have turned things around, it does give the team reason to believe that better times are ahead. Luol Deng had 21 points and 12 rebounds while John Salmons chipped in 16 of his own, including several clutch shots that he had been missing over the past two weeks.

"If you put your work in, eventually good things happen," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We have a lot of young players that have to find a way to continually improve. And I think that's the biggest part of my job and the staff's job is to continually find ways every day, no matter what outcomes are, to develop these guys. And believe in them and let them gain confidence, because they're young."

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