Game 5: Chicago Bulls (3-2) fall to Charlotte Hornets (1-3), 130-105
November 3, 2015
The Bulls appeared to be doomed from the start of Tuesday night’s loss. They trailed the Hornets by 37-20 at the end of the first quarter, the Bulls and never outscored the Hornets in any quarter afterwards. The Bulls did score more in the second half than they did in the first, but what they failed to do was defend well.
The Bulls trailed 69-47 at halftime, and it only got worse from there.
Doug McDermott, however, did post a new career-high in points with 17, and Bobby Portis saw his first official minutes as an NBA player — he scored 10 points in 10 minutes.
Player of the Game
Lamb, who came off the bench for Charlotte, went 9-for-10 from the field for 20 points and added five rebounds, four assists and one block in 20 minutes of play. His performance wasn’t enough to be the game’s leading scorer — Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 26 points — but it was enough to lead the Hornets.
The Bulls got to the free throw line a mere eight times Tuesday night, and they only made three of them. Meanwhile, they allowed the Hornets to get to the charity stripe 23 times, making all but one of them.
The Bulls failed to live up to their reputation as a good rebounding team yet again, as they were outrebounded by the Hornets 52-33. The rebounding numbers are the most drastic difference between the two teams — other than the point differential that is — and it shows the lack of effort the Bulls brought to the court.
Matchup of the Game Result
Derrick Rose versus Kemba Walker
Walker didn’t have a spectacular game by any means, but he still had a nice one: 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3PT in 26 minutes), two rebounds, five assists and two blocks. And his performance was still much stronger than Rose’s four points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PT), two rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes.
The Bulls will be back at the United Center Thursday to face the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7 p.m. central.
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