Gerald Henderson had a strong game for Charlotte, but it was not enough as the shorthanded Bulls defeated the Bobcats on January 21 in Chicago, 95-89. The loss dropped the Bobcats to 3-13 on the season.
Byron Mullens did his best in the first quarter with 10 of his 17 total points to put the Bobcats within striking distance entering the second quarter… Boris Diaw hit a hook shot with 4:09 left in the first half that gave the Bobcats a 41-39 lead. However, the Bulls would end the half on an 11-2 run to take a seven-point lead into halftime they would not relinquish.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The starting backcourt did not have a strong game as D.J. Augustin (three points, three assists) and Kemba Walker (four points, two assists) only accounted for seven combined points and five assists… The number one defense in the league made things tough for the Bobcats as they turned it over 16 times, including 11 steals for the Bulls… Both teams shot the ball well as they each shot 47 percent from the field… The Bobcats, who have struggled rebounding the ball, did well on the boards, winning the battle 44-37.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with a strong game as he led the team with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added nine rebounds with one blocked shot.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Cory Higgins scored double-digits for the first time in his career with 10 points, to go along with four assists and three rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.
BULLS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carlos Boozer stepped up for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose (toe), Joakim Noah (ankle) and Taj Gibson (ankle), with 23 points and nine rebounds.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"It is very difficult if guys aren't coming with energy and if their minds aren't right. I say attitude is the most important thing in life, and we just didn't have the right attitude. It puzzled me because we had three days off and I really thought we would come out with a lot of energy and intensity tonight."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas on the game
"This is part of a learning process for us. Collectively, we just need to learn how to score more points. That is part of my job, and I need more assists. I'm getting better on offense, especially with my jump shot, but I need to do more. My attitude is I just want to win."
- Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson
The Bobcats got a great effort from their bench as the Bobcats reserves outscored the Bulls reserves, 37-13… Forward Eduardo Najera returned from his knee injury and saw his first action of the season, scoring two points in five minutes… DJ White (knee contusion) did not play in the second half after hitting his knee on a Bulls player as he was battling for an offensive rebound… Gana Diop (knee), Corey Maggette (hamstring) and Reggie Williams (knee) all did not play as they are recovering from injuries.
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