Jeff Adrien finished with a double-double (career-high 14 points, 10 rebounds) in his first career start and four Cats scored in double figures against the Bulls, but Charlotte could not complete one more comeback, eventually falling, 93-85, on January 28 in Chicago. Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon both contributed 18 points, including 10 from Gordon in the fourth quarter, and Gerald Henderson added 10 points.
After being outscored through the majority of the first three quarters, the Cats broke with 3:36 left in the third to tie the score 55-55 on a jump shot by Kemba Walker. The Bulls responded with a 13-0 run extending into the fourth quarter, but the Cats continue to battle back despite the double-teaming of leading scorers Walker and Ben Gordon. In the end though, Charlotte didn’t have enough in the tank to overcome multiple double-digit deficits.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Bench scoring was key in this one, as Charlotte’s reserves were outscored, 45-29… The Bobcats finished the game shooting 39.5 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point territory… The Bulls connected on 44.9 percent from inside the paint and 38.9 percent from long distance… The Cats beat the Bulls in second-chance points (16-14), but the Bulls beat the Cats in points in the paint (44-38)… Charlotte’s defense forced the Bulls into 11 turnovers, grabbed three steals and blocked five shots.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
This was a night of firsts for Jeff Adrien, as he made his first career start, surpassed his career high in points (14) and recorded his first double-double by adding 10 rebounds. He finished 5-for-7 from the field, blocked two shots and dished out an assist.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Ben Gordon was the lone Cats reserve to finish in double digits, tying Kemba Walker for a team-high with 18 points. Gordon connected on four 3-pointers and added three rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.
BULLS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jimmy Butler reached a new career high in points for the Bulls with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked a shot.
Jeff Adrien (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Bismack Biyombo (eight points, nine rebounds) gave the Cats the inside presence they have been searching for, combining for 22 points and 19 boards… The Cats fought back from five different double-digit deficits to threaten the Bulls on their home court… Byron Mullens (ankle) remained inactive.
The Bobcats continue traveling for their next four games against San Antonio, Houston, Miami and Cleveland. The Cats face the Spurs at 8:30 p.m. on January 30 and tip off against the Rockets at 8:00 p.m. on February 2. The team will not play home at Time Warner Cable Arena® again until February 8 when they host the Lakers. Catch the games on Fox SportsSouth or listen on WFNZ. Download the Bobcats app or go to bobcats.com to follow the live in-game chat.