One night after their five-game winning streak ended and they lost for the just the second time in 14 games, the Chicago Bulls look to regroup when they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday at the United Center.

It's the first time the Bulls (15-11) will face Charlotte (7-18) since Chicago icon Michael Jordan became the Bobcats' managing member of basketball operations on June 15. The Bulls have won six of eight meetings all-time with the Bobcats.

Chicago will likely need to improve its rebounding to have a shot at winning after suffering a 103-92 loss on Friday at New York. Chicago gave up a season-high 57 boards and finished with a rebounding deficit for only the third time in the last 14 games, during which it is 12-2.

The Bulls trailed by only three points at halftime, but got outscored 49-41 after the break.

``We pretty much got thoroughly outplayed in almost every area, especially in the second half,'' Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. ``The guards went by us at will. They were over the glass on us. They dominated rebounding the ball most of the game. Just in general, they wanted it more than we did.''

Chicago received 27 points from Ben Gordon, and 20 points and six rebounds from Luol Deng. Gordon has reached double figures in each of the last 13 games, and his 18.9 points per game lead the team.

The Bulls limited the Knicks to 44 percent shooting from the floor, but allowed New York to get 20 offensive rebounds. Chicago had only 25 defensive boards.

``We didn't do a great job defensively, especially on our defensive rebounding,'' Deng said. ``They crashed the boards and we got to do a better job.''

Returning home may help the Bulls return to the win column. They have won their last four games at the United Center, and their 11-2 home record is tied with Utah for the NBA's best.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats are just 2-9 on the road - worst in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte is 1-3 in its history at Chicago, but did win its most recent visit there, 105-92 on Dec. 20, 2005.

Charlotte has six losses in its last eight games overall, but will try to build off Friday night's 101-89 home win over the Jazz. The Bobcats saw their 20-point halftime lead reduced to four with four minutes left, but Matt Carroll scored all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter to help hold off Utah's rally.

Emeka Okafor had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Raymond Felton finished with 18 points and 12 assists, and Primoz Brezec added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Four of Charlotte's seven wins have come against division leaders Detroit, San Antonio, Orlando and Utah.

``If we made baskets, we wouldn't just be killing the giants,'' said Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff, whose team is averaging just 92.8 points per game, fewest in the East.


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