GAME NIGHT FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Charlotte: 15-37, 8-21 on the road) at Bulls: (23-27, 13-11 at home. 7PM
RADIO: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, Alyssa Bergamini. 6:45 pre.
TV: NBCSC: Adam Amin and Stacey King: 7PM.
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: DeRozan: 26ppg. Hornets: Rozier: 21 ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Vucevic: 11 per. Hornets: Plumlee: 9 per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: DeRozan: 5 per. Hornets: Ball: 8 per/
SEASON SERIES: Tied at 1-1.
CCI PREVIEW: It's pay back night for the Bulls as they look to take care of business against a Hornets team that rallied to beat the Bulls last week in North Carolina.
The Hornets outscored the Bulls 34-17 in the fourth quarter as the Bulls bench struggled scoring a collective 11 points. The two teams combined to go 11 of 57 from three point range, 19%. I expect the Bulls to play with a sense of urgency tonight. The Hornets LaMelo Ball may have other things in mind as the Hornets are coming off a Tuesday loss at Milwaukee. Despite a poor shooting performance against the Bulls, Ball managed to post 15-11-8 numbers against the Bulls last week.
The Bulls went 7-7 in January as DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic put up big numbers.
DeRozan in January: 26-3-5. 51% -=40% 3pt fg. 87%FT.
LaVine in January: 26-6-4. 46%fg. 36%-3s. 84%FT.
Vucevic in January: 20-13-4. 56%. 37%-3s. 80%FT.
CCI 24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES
Boston 139, Brooklyn 96. This is NOT a typo. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each made seven three pointers for the first time in their careers.
Utah 131, Toronto 128. The Raps fell to 8-18 on the road. Fred VanVleet had a monster game for Toronto: 34-12-10.
Portland 122, Memphis 112. The Blazers won a road game for the first time since December 17. Damian Lillard scored 42 points and dished out 10 assists. The Blazers have won four of five but lost Jerami Grant because of concussion symptoms.
Atlanta 132, Phoenix 100. A tough night for the Suns. They committed 16 turnovers leading to 31 Hawks points and shot 14% from three point range.
Philadelphia 105, Orlando 94. James Harden missed a triple-double by one rebound.
Minnesota 119, Golden State 114 OT. The T-Wolves prevailed despite missing 11 free throws.
Sacramento 119, San Antonio 109. Domantas Sabonis went 15 of 20 from the field scoring a season high 34 points. The 14-38 Spurs have lost seven straight.
Houston 112, Oklahoma City 106. Rookie Tari Eason scored a season high 20 points for the Rockets.
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