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Jimmy Butler went 21 of 22 from the free throw line on his way to a 52 point night as the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-111. Butler became the 8th player to have a 50 point game this season. The loss was Charlotte’s 2nd in a row and dropped there record to 19-16 this season. The up and down Bulls season continued as they are now back to one game under .500 with the win at 17-18.

Neither team could build much of a lead in the 1st quarter as the game was tied three times. The Bulls had the biggest lead of the quarter when they took a five point lead at 21-16. Charlotte never had the lead in the quarter, but when Spencer Hawes hit a lay up with just .02 seconds left Charlotte had cut the lead to two points at 25-23.

Charlotte took their first lead of the game early in the 2nd quarter. The biggest lead Charlotte could build was seven points on two different occasions; the last being at 41-34. The Bulls came all the way back to tie the game at 43 and then went on to build a five point lead only to have Charlotte come right back and tie the game at 50. The Bulls where able to get the lead back, but Charlotte kept it close and going into halftime Chicago had a 58-57 lead going into halftime.

Charlotte built a five point lead early in the 3rd quarter only to have Chicago come back and tie the game again at 65 all. After another tie at 68 all the Hornets where again able to build a lead. After a 11-3 run Charlotte had it’s biggest lead of the game at eight points at 79-71 with 4:24 left in the quarter. The Bulls worked there way back into the game by hitting the last two baskets of the quarter to cut the Hornets lead to three points at 85-82.

The teams traded baskets at the start of the 4th quarter with Charlotte building a five point lead (100-95) with 6:39 left in the game. This is the kind of game the Bulls have been letting slip away this season, but this time they stayed in it. After Jimmy Butler completed a three point play to tie the game at 100 all. Butler then went on to score 14 of the Bulls final 18 points including two free throws with .07 seconds left to seal the victory at 118-111.

It will come as no surprise that Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games high scorer with those 52 points. Butler also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds and tied for the game lead in assists with his teammate Jerian Grant. Each had 6 assists in the game. Nikola Mirotic came off the Bulls bench to score 12 points while Doug McDermott who was in the starting line up scored 11 points and Michael Carter-Williams also in the starting line up had 10 points. Dwayne Wade was given the game off and Rajon Rondo didn’t play do to coach’s decision.

Kemba Walker’s 34 points led the Hornets and his 11 rebounds where also a team high. Nicholas Batum had 19 points and a team high 5 assists. Jeremy Lamb (15 points) and Spencer Hawes (10 points) came off the Hornets bench to score in double figures.

The Bulls get a day off before they take on the Eastern Conference leading (26-7) Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night. Charlotte also gets a day off as they’re returning home to host the 21-14 Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.


The Chicago Bulls shot just 38.6% from the field, but still found a way to break there thee losing streak with a 90 to 85 win over the Indiana Pacers. Indiana shot 42% from the field, but the bulls mad up the difference by shooting 18 more free throws in the game.

The Bulls got out to a six point lead early in the 1st quarter at 11-5. The Pacers where never able to get closer than three points in the quarter as the Bulls slowly built there lead. It looked as though the Bulls would finish the quarter with a double digit lead, but Aaron Brooks (former Bull) hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to cut the leas to nine points. Chicago had a 28-19 lead after the 1st quarter.

The Bulls added to there lead at the start pf the 2nd quarter and when Jerian Grant hit a jumper with 7:33 left the Bulls had there biggest lead at 16 points; 41-25. Indiana was able to get the lead down to 10 points by the end of the quarter. The Pacers finished the 2nd quarter on a 16-10 run. The Bulls took a 51-41 lead at the half.

The Bulls where able to keep the lead at or around double digits. The biggest lead the Bulls could build was 12 points on a couple of occasions, but then there poor shooting started to show. In the last three minutes of the quarter Indiana outscored the Bulls 12-2 and cut the lead to just 2 points at 63-61 through three quarters.

The Pacers got all the way  back when they ties the game at 64 all early in the 4th quarter. After Indiana tied the game the Bulls went on a 10-0 run. The Pacers cut the lead to 2 points three different times and even got the lead won to 1 point with 45 seconds left, but the Bulls where able to hit there last two shots and pull out a 90-85 win.

Dwayne Wade was the Bulls and the games high scorer with 21 points. Nikola Mirotic came off the Bulls bench to score 20 points. Jimmy Butler had a tough night shooting going 3 of 12 from the field, but did go 9 of 12 from the free throw line and scored 16 points. Taj Gibson and Jerian Grant (off the bench) each had 10 points. Robin Lopez grabbed a game high 12 rebounds for the Bulls while Wade, Butler and Rajon Rondo each handed out 5 assists to tie for the team lead.

Aaron Brooks came off the Pacers bench to lead them in scoring with 19 points. Myles Turner had 16 points and a team high 8 rebounds. Paul George scored 14 points and handed out a game high 8 assists. Thaddeus Young scored 12 points while Al Jefferson also reached double digits coming off the Pacers bench to score 11 points.

With the win the Bulls are now 15-16. After having to play 3 games in 4 days the Bulls will get a day off before hosting the 8-22 Brooklyn Nets. The loss drops Indiana to 15-17 this season. The Pacers will also get a day off before they head to Washington to face the 14-16 Wizards.

The Chicago Bulls played there fourth game of a six game road trip and it was also a back to back game. You would think that the Bulls might be weary from the road trip, but they managed to score 118 points last night as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 8 points 118-110. It was the Bulls 4th win out of 5 games on this road trip and they have now won 5 of there last 6 games. The win improved the Bulls record to 9-5 while the loss knocks the Lakers back to .500 at 7-7.

The Bulls built the biggest lead of the 1st quarter when a Taj Gibson basket gave them a 7 point lead at 17-10. The Lakers worked there way back into the game with a 20-13 run and when Louis Williams hit a long 3-pointer at the end of the quarter the teams found themselves tied at 30 all.

In the 2nd quarter it was the Lakers who found a way to build a lead and when Jordan Clarkson made 2 of 3 free throws he gave the Lakers a 10 point lead at 44-34. Now it was the Bulls turn to work there way back into the game. It took a 28-15 run to give the Bulls a 60-59 lead. Julius Randle dunked to end the quarter and the Bulls went into halftime with a 1 point lead at 62-61.

The Lakers scored the first 7 points of the 3rd quarter to take a 68-62 lead. The Lakers held the lead midway through the quarter and when Nick Young made a 3 pointer with 6:13 left in the 3rd the Lakers lead was 7 points at 78-71. The Bulls turned right around and scored the next 11 points and took the lead at 82-78. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter, but the Bulls did add 1 point to there lead as the quarter ended 90-85 Chicago.

The Bulls built the lead to 12 points at 99-87 after a Bobby Portis lay up. With 4:24 left in the game Jimmy Butler scored to give the Bulls there biggest lead of the game at 111-96. The Lakers did cut the lead to 5 points at 115-110, but they didn’t score again. The Bulls hit 3 of 4 free throws to end the game and make the final score 118-110.

Jimmy Butler was the games high scorer with 40 points for the Bulls. Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic each scored 15 points and Mirotic also grabbed a game high 15 rebounds. Mirotic was moved into the Bulls starting line up so Dwayne Wade could be given the night off. Robin Lopez had a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Isaiah Canaan came off the Bulls bench to score 17 points. Rajon Rondo scored just 4 points in the game, but he did hand out a game high 12 assists.

The Lakers top two scorers came off the bench, Louis Williams scored 25 points. Williams helped his cause by hitting 5 of the 6 3-pointers he shot. Larry Nance Jr. scored 18 points while starters Nick Young (15 points) and Julius Randle (14 points) also reached double figures for the Lakers. D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 7 assists while Young, Nance Jr. and Tarik Black tied for the team lead in rebounds as they all grabbed 6 boards.

The Bulls have two games left on there current road trip. There next game is Tuesday night against the 5-8 Denver Nuggets. The Lakers also take the court again Tuesday night as they’ll try to get back above .500 when they host the 8-6 Oklahoma City Thunder.