Hornets Bury Bulls for First Victory

Charlotte’s Stellar First-Half Shooting Sinks Chicago

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

The Hornets entered the win column in emphatic fashion as they dominated the Chicago Bulls, 130-105, on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Most of the damage was done early on by the Hornets as they notched both first-quarter (37) and first-half (69) season highs en route to building a 22-point halftime lead over the Bulls, which Chicago was never able to overcome. Jeremy Lamb led seven Hornets in double figures with 20 points off the bench, while Jimmy Butler tallied a game-high 26 points for Chicago in the loss.

Turning Points
The Hornets turned this one into a rout not long after tipoff as they hit the ground running by outscoring the Bulls, 37-20, in the first quarter, which matched their best scoring output of any quarter so far this season. Charlotte connected on 13-of-18 shots from the field (72.2 percent) in the first quarter and registered an assist on eight of these made field goals. The Hornets would eventually build their lead to as much as 28 points in the third quarter and ultimately kept their distance from the Bulls for the rest of the game as they cruised to their first win of the regular season.

Inside the Box Score
Jeremy Lamb scored a team-high 20 points in 26 minutes off the bench for Charlotte… Nicolas Batum tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and tied a career high with nine made free throws… Jeremy Lin also had a big game off the bench, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists… Al Jefferson (14), Kemba Walker (13), Spencer Hawes (13) and P.J. Hairston (10) also all scored in double figures for the Hornets… Marvin Williams chipped in four points, a team-high 10 rebounds and three assists… Walker also led the team in assists (5) and blocks (2)… Jimmy Butler led the Bulls in points (26) and steals (2)… Doug McDermott came off the bench and finished with a career-high 17 points… Pau Gasol tallied 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Chicago…Aaron Brooks (14) and Bobby Portis (10) also posted double-digit scoring performances off the bench for the Bulls… Charlotte drained 14-of-23 shots from behind the arch (60.9 percent), which is one shy of the franchise record. This is just the ninth time in franchise history the Hornets have made 14-or-more three pointers in a single game… The Hornets have also now hit ten-or-more three pointers in three of their four games this season after only accomplishing this feat nine times all of last year… Charlotte crushed the Bulls on the boards, 52-33, which included a 12-4 advantage in offensive rebounds… The Hornets outscored Chicago in bench points, 71-57.

Hornets Player of the Game
Jeremy Lamb put together his finest performance as a Hornet, finishing with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Hornets win. This outing from Lamb, who is averaging 13.3 points through three games this season for Charlotte, would have been his third-best scoring total of the entire 2014-15 NBA season.

Bulls Player of the Game
Jimmy Butler was one of the lone bright spots for Chicago tonight as he finished with a season-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Butler has now scored 20-or-more points in three of Chicago’s five games this season.

Game Notes
This is the most points the Hornets have scored in regulation since Nov. 15, 1997, which was a 130-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers… This is the first time Charlotte has won consecutive home games against the Bulls since Mar. 24, 1999-Apr. 17, 2002, when it won eight-straight home games against Chicago… Kemba Walker is now tied for fourth place in all-time three-point field goals made in Charlotte Hornets history, matching Raymond Felton with 375… Mike Dunleavy (back) and Kirk Hinrich (toe) did not play for Chicago… Cody Zeller left the game in the second quarter (forehead laceration) but did return.

Next Up
The Hornets will take on the Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 in Dallas. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast or heard on WFNZ or on the official Charlotte Hornets mobile app.

Marvin Williams Postgame Twinterview
Following the win against the Chicago Bulls, the Hornets Marvin Williams sat down to answer your Twitter questions for a post game “Twinterview"


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