Hornets vs. Bulls

Hornets.com postgame: Bulls 96, Hornets 87
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Bulls (31-22), Hornets (19-35)

It was over when… Chicago’s Luol Deng drilled a mid-range jumper with 44 seconds remaining, giving the Bulls a three-possession edge at 94-87. A lengthy scoring drought during the latter portion of the fourth quarter proved costly for the Hornets, who kept staying within striking distance but couldn’t pull into a lead. New Orleans opened its post-All-Star schedule with a loss, ending a modest two-game win streak from last week.

Hornets MVP: In one example of the kind of night it was for Anthony Davis, he had a modest seven points at halftime – yet already seemed to have made the highlight reel a handful of times. Davis had two head-turning slams, along with an and-one layup in which he gathered in a long pass and scored at the rim, all in one motion, over a Chicago defender. Davis finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but the stat sheet couldn’t quite capture the rookie’s performance. “I thought he played extremely well tonight,” Greivis Vasquez said. “I thought he saved me a couple turnovers (by tracking down) passes. He looks very athletic. Playing against an All-Star (Chicago’s Joakim Noah) is not easy. He showed some toughness. He played well.”

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Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Bulls (31-22) 26 21 27 22 96
Hornets (19-35) 21 22 25 19 87

Hornets Leaders
E. Gordon
Pts. || 20
Rebs. || 2
A. Davis
Pts. || 15
Rebs. || 10
Stls. || 4

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