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The Bulls' MVP point guard Derrick Rose and his newly acquired running mate Richard "Rip" Hamilton displayed an immediate affinity in their first game together Tuesday night, the Bulls' second and last exhibition before their delayed season opener Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The numbers were obvious—Rose finished with 12 points and nine assists, Hamilton with 13 and six—but what sold me on the pairing was two plays not to be found among the game highlights. Late in the first half, when the Bulls already had the game in hand, Hamilton and Rose came down on the fast break and the former tried to feed the latter with an alley-oop pass at the basket. The timing was slightly off, and Rose's shot went hard off the back iron. Moments later, Rose threaded an outlet pass through traffic to Hamilton on the wing on another fast break, but Hamilton couldn't quite complete it with a layup. Those figure to be slam dunks—literally and metaphorically—as they get in sync. As impressive as Rose and Hamilton were in only their first game, they figure to only get better, and fast. That prospect is scary for the rest of the league and exciting for Bulls fans.