Charlotte Hornets 103 Chicago Bulls 91

Posted: December 24, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized
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In a game that got a little chippy at the end after the outcome was pretty much determined the Charlotte Hornets handed the Chicago Bulls their 5th loss in there last 6 games. It was also the 4th time in those 5 losses that the Bulls have been beaten by double digits. With the win Charlotte improves to 17-13 on the season. The loss drops the Bulls a game under .500 at 14-15.

With 38 seconds left in the game both Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez of the Bulls where ejected. Gibson received his second technical foul for his ejection while Lopez was called for a flagrant foul; type two for his ejection.

In the 1st quarter Charlotte built a 5 point lead a couple of times. The Bulls could cut into the lead, but never take it until Taj Gibson hit a jumper with 3:35 left in the quarter to give the Bulls a 17-16 lead. After taking the lead the Bulls where able to add a couple of points to it and finish the 1st quarter with a 26-22 lead.

The Bulls scored the first 4 points of the 2nd quarter, but then the Hornets went on a 15-0 run to take a 7 point lead at 37-30. Chicago managed just 14 points in the 2nd quarter while Charlotte out up 26. The Hornets went into halftime with a 48-40 lead.

The 3rd quarter started with the Bulls scoring the first 9 points to take a 49-48 lead. That was the last lead the Bulls would have in this game. Charlotte took the lead back by running off the next 6 points. Overall the quarter played out even as both teams scored 27 points. The Hornets held there 8 point lead at the end of three quarters 75-67.

The closest the Bulls could get in the 4th quarter was 6 points as Charlotte slowly built the lead. While Charlotte was able to get the lead to double digits they weren’t able to keep it there. It took those last 38 seconds with the two ejections for the Hornets to take a double digit lead for good. The teams traded lay ups at the end and that got us to the final of 103-91.

Kemba Walker and Nicholas Batum each had 20 points to lead the Hornets in scoring. Those 20 points where just part of Batum’s triple-double as he had a game high 11 rebounds and handed out a game high 10 assists. Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky III (off the bench) each had 13 points while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games leading scorer with 26 points. Doug McDermott had 15 points off the bench while Dwayne Wade added 12 points. Nikola Mirotic came off the bench to score 11 points and grab a team high 10 rebounds. Taj Gibson also scored in double figures with 10 points. Rajon Rondo tied for the game high in assists with 10.

The Hornets get a couple of days off for Christmas. There next game is Monday night against the 7-22 Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn. The Bulls are part of the NBA’s Christmas extravaganza as they play the 3rd game of 5 in San Antonio against the 24-6 Spurs.


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