FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER
Charlotte 83, Bulls 73 (Bulls: 9-18, 5-10 at home)
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: Arcidiacono and LaVine each with 12. Charlotte: Graham: 16.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 11. Charlotte: Washington and Zeller each with 10.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Dunn, Satoransky, and White each with 3. Charlotte: Graham: 7.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Charlotte ranked 27th in rebounding hit the glass and recorded 60 against the Bulls.
2ND STAT OF THE NIGHT: Daniel Gafford blocked a career-high six shots, most by a rookie this season.
RECAP: It was certainly not the most aesthetically played NBA game of the season as the two teams struggled the entire night making shots and getting into their offenses. Both teams got after it on the defensive side. It was the NBA's lowest-scoring game of the season. The Bulls never led in the game but trailed by only two at 66-64 with 4:30 left. The Hornets came down and hit back to back three-point field goals to provide just enough of a cushion to give them a 2-1 season series lead.
The beauty of the NBA....there's a game tonight!
UP NEXT: Home with the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday. The Clippers tipped off last night in Minnesota at 8:30 PM. Will fatigue be a factor? Who will suit up for the Clippers? I'm not expecting Leonard to play against the Bulls. He has not played consecutive nights since 2017 according to the LA Times.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Our CCI Game of the Night: Los Angeles Lakers 113, Miami 110: Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 61 points as the Lakers improved to 23-3, handing Miami's its first home loss in 12 games.
Los Angeles Clippers 124, Minnesota 117: Kawhi Leonard (42 pts) and Paul George (46 pts) became the first Clippers teammates ever to score 40+ each in a victory. Leonard went 19-19 from the line. Clippers have won 13 of their last 15 games.
Milwaukee 127, Memphis 114: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter. The Bucks have won 17 straight games. Jaren Jackson Jr. with a career night of 43 points making nine three-point baskets for the Grizzlies.
Indiana 110, Atlanta 100: Domantas Sabonis with a 12-14 night-his 11th straight double-double game and 21st overall.
Houston 130, Orlando 107: James Harden scored 54 points, draining 10-three point field goals. Harden scored 50 or more points for the fifth time this season and fourth time in his last seven games. Seriously?
Philadelphia 116, New Orleans 109: The 76ers have won 14 straight at home. Tobias Harris scored 31 points.
Utah 114, Golden State 106: The good news for the Warriors is that their bench outscored the Utah reserves 52-12. The bad news: Golden State dropped to 5-22.
New York 103, Sacramento 101: Break up the Knicks! New York has posted back to back wins.
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