Game 9: Chicago Bulls (6-3) defeat Charlotte Hornets (4-5), 102-97
November 13, 2015
Unlike last Tuesday, Friday night’s game was nowhere near one-sided. The Bulls-Hornets game, for the most part, was a close one. The Bulls went on a 9-0 run to open the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t hold onto that big lead for the remainder of the game. That, however, didn’t stop the Bulls completely. They remained ahead — albeit just by a small margin — and sealed the game by playing aggressively, drawing fouls and making free throws.
Player of the Game
Jimmy Butler led all scorers besides Nicolas Batum — who had 28 for Charlotte — with 27 points off of 8-for-16 from the field and 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. He, however, was unable to make any of his four three-point attempts. But he also added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block in 38 minutes.
The Bulls found most of their offensive success in the paint, scoring 32 points in the paint to the Hornets’ 22 points in the paint. It proved to be a factor in the Bulls’ win considering they only went 4-for-16 on threes and turned the ball over 10 times — four more than the Hornets.
To put it simply, the Bulls dominated on the board by winning the rebounding battle 57-45, which is what should be expected of a team with a frontcourt lineup of Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah.
The Bulls will have the weekend off and then return to the court Monday night to face the Indiana Pacers at the United Center for a 7 p.m. central game.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.