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Kirk Hinrich scores 26 points, Bulls beat Hornets 101-96 in exhibition game

  • Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson (25) goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson (25) goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14), goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Mike Dunleavy (34), during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14), goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Mike Dunleavy (34), during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bulls' Paul Gasol dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Chicago Bulls' Paul Gasol dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)  (The Associated Press)

Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-96 in an exhibition game Sunday night.

Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bulls (4-2) win their fourth straight game.

The Bulls led by 18 and entered the fourth up 83-70, but Charlotte rallied to cut it to one with 1:30 left on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's three-point play. Derrick Rose answered with a jumper and, after the teams traded misses, Charlotte's Gary Neal missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.

Rose had 17 points in almost 28 minutes and saw his first action in the fourth quarter as he comes back from a right knee injury 10 games into last season.

Lance Stephenson and Kidd-Gilchrist led the Hornets (3-3) with 14 points. Stephenson returned to the Charlotte lineup after missing a game because of a strain right groin.