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Updated: February 9, 2014 11:26PM



LOS ANGELES — Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has limited Kirk Hinrich’s minutes since he returned from his most recent injury — 25 or fewer a game is the plan — and continued to reap the benefits Sunday.

Hinrich scored 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting (3-for-7 on three-pointers) in the Bulls’ 92-86 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. He played 28:37.

Hinrich has 32 points on 14-for-24 shooting in his last two games after scoring 15 against Golden State on Thursday. He hasn’t scored more points in consecutive games since March 11-13, 2012.

‘‘I’m feeling good for the first time in a little while,’’ Hinrich said. ‘‘But more so it’s just a mind-set — logging a lot of gym time ... shooting a lot of extra shots. I’m looking for [my shot]. I think that’s it.’’

Boozer better

Carlos Boozer missed his second consecutive game with a calf injury but said he hopes to play Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.

‘‘I want to make sure it heals,’’ Boozer said. ‘‘I don’t want it to be a recurring thing for the rest of the season, heading into the playoffs. I want to make sure I nip it in the bud.’’

Sit down? Noah way

Joakim Noah pointed toward the bench after picking up his fifth foul to say he wanted to stay in.

‘‘He doesn’t have any control over that [decision],’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Although he is a lobbyist.’’

Noah has picked up five fouls in seven games and has fouled out twice.

‘‘I always lobby to stay in the game,’’ he said.



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