Knight, Felton Lead Bobcats Past Bulls
Charlotte 105, Chicago 92
CHICAGO, Dec. 20 (Ticker) -- Rookie Raymond Felton and Brevin Knight gave the Chicago Bulls problems all game.
Felton had a season-high 21 points and Knight added 20 and 10 assists as the Charlotte Bobcats posted a 105-92 victory over the Bulls and notched consecutive wins for the second time this season.
"The guys just stepped up tonight," said Knight, who made 8-of-18 shots. "Coming in here, we all knew our situation. Our backs were against the wall; we just made shots when we had to."
The floor generals picked up the slack for forward Emeka Okafor, the 2005 Rookie of the Year who missed the game due to a sprained right ankle suffered in Monday's win vs. Sacramento. Rookie Sean May scored just six points in his first career start in place of Okafor.
"I am not going to take anything away from our young men. They earned that game," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "You can put Raymond or Brevin on the ball. They did what they do - they made shots, and that was the key."
Ben Gordon made a pair free throws to bring Chicago within 78-72 with 10:58 remaining. Felton's jumper rebuilt the lead to 84-73 with 9:09 left.
"We just had mental lapses all over the place," said Gordon, who scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting. "You have to give them credit. They just came out and did what they wanted to do, and they made their shots."
Duhon drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to close the gap to 90-82 with 6:06 to play. Keith Bogans' layup with just under a minute remaining gave the Bobcats a 102-92 lead, and they sank 3-of-4 free throws to seal the victory.
"Duhon hit some big 3-pointers to get them back in the game," Bickerstaff said. " ... but when we penetrated, we made our shots and that was the difference."
Gerald Wallace had 19 points and five blocked shots and Bogan added 11 and seven assist for the Bobcats, who shot 51 percent (39-of-76) but struggled from long range on 2-of-10 shooting.
Duhon and Othella Harrington scored 16 points apiece and Hinrich added 14 for Chicago, which held a 40-28 advantage in points in the paint but committed 19 turnovers.
"Chris had a good game," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "Other than that we were hard-pressed to find other guys to step up. They just outhustled us all over the floor."