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Rip Hamilton scratched from Bulls-76ers game with lower back spasms

Chicago Bulls' Richard Hamiltright tries move around Charlotte Bobcats' RamSessions left during second half an NBA basketball game Charlotte N.C.

Chicago Bulls' Richard Hamilton, right, tries to move around Charlotte Bobcats' Ramon Sessions, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Bulls won 105-75. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Updated: February 28, 2013 7:35PM



The Bulls announced before tip-off that veteran shooting guard Richard Hamilton was a late scratch in the start against Philadelphia, sidelined with lower back spasms.

It was the first game Hamilton missed since Christmas Day against Houston, as the veteran had been averaging 10.2 points per game to go along with 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest. Hamilton missed most of December when he tore the plantar fascia is his left foot.

Taj Gibson remained sidelined with the sprained left knee, and of course Derrick Rose was still inactive as he recovered from May surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.



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