Charlotte Bobcats vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
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The Charlotte Bobcats put an end to their misery against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center with a 91-81 victory over the Bulls. Game commentary on the Bulls' loss and what led to the unravelling disaster against the league's worst team.
The Bobcats out-hustled the Bulls. They out-rebounded them.
And despite missing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, they finally emerged with a win, to end their 18-game losing streak.
It wasn't that the Bobcats played that well. But they did play hard.
And the Bulls were very negligent on rotations defensively, did not protect the basket; and they gave up 12 offensive rebounds.
The Bulls ball movement was horrible, and they shot a lot of contested jumpers.
Bulls fans are counting the days until Derrick Rose gets back, but there are far too many of those days to count. Despite the fact Rose just returned to the practice court, his return is not anticipated until after the All-Star break.
Never the less, the Bulls were not supposed to lose this this Bobcats team, and especially not at home. The Cats didn't look great, but the streak was bound to come to an end, and an underachieving Bulls team was all they needed to make that happen.
The last 3:43 of the game took 30 minutes in real time. Thanks a lot, Thibbs.
The Bulls fall to 16-13 with the loss, while the Bobcats are now 8-23.
FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 91, BULLS 81
Thibbs just won't give this up. The Bulls are still fouling, and the fans have begun to exit the building.
I think the Bobcats are going to have to hurry onto the team bus to prevent getting hacked as they load their baggage onto the bus. I realize it's not over till it's over. But really—IT IS OVER.
BOBCATS 91, BULLS 79 — 45.4 in game, and yet another Bulls timeout!
Kemba Walker with a breakaway steal to put the Cats up by 14. Tom Thibodeau just won't throw in the towel on this one, though, calling for a timeout with just over a minute to go.
Marco Belinelli was the first Bull to foul out as a result of their constant intentional fouling, which has made this game absolutely horrendous to watch.
Without even having an affinity towards either team, it's gratifying to see the Cats win this one in light of the cowardly strategy Thibbs has employed.
BOBCATS 89, BULLS 75 — 1:08 to go, pointless Bulls timeout
The Bulls are scrambling around trying to hack the Bobcats, playing a faux trap defense.
Hakim Warrick gave them a definitive "SHUT UP" with a tomahawk dunk—which he was fouled on.
It came after two frustrating free throw misses for Warrick, who shoots 65 percent on the season.
This is really ugly to watch, and it seems even the Bulls fans want the pain to end and for Thibbs to stop calling for intentional fouls.
BOBCATS 85, BULLS 75 — 1:36 in game
The Bulls cut it to nine on a Nate Robinson steal and breakaway.
These last few minutes of the game may take an eternity, with the Bulls in the penalty trying to take advantage of the poor free throw shooting of Jeff Adrien and Bismack Biyombo.
Adrien is 3-of-5 from the stripe, and Biyombo is 3-of-8.
This isn't basketball.
BOBCATS 82, BULLS 73 — 2:43 of agony remaining
The Bulls are now trying to use the fact they are in the penalty to their advantage. They are playing "Hack-a-Biyombo," as they fouled the big man from the Congo away from the ball.
Biyombo wasn't even running the court, but was tending to his eye as he was hacked and sent to the line.
Biyombo is shooting 50 percent from the line on the season. He missed them both and is 3-of-8 from the line on the night.
BOBCATS 79, BULLS 71 — 3:35 in 4th
It's looking like the Bobcats' losing streak very well may come to its end. The game has been ugly, and talent has not been the key in winning this one.
Poor Bulls defense, lack of ball movement and a lot of errant Bulls' jumpers have led to the Bobcats believing this one is theirs.
The Bulls are now in the penalty with about five minutes to play still.
BOBCATS 77, BULLS 69 — 4:49 in Game
A chorus of boos erupts from the United Center crowd as Gerald Henderson drove and scored uncontested to the hoop to extend the Bobcat lead to double-digits. The fans aren't happy with the effort, and the Bulls just took Luol Deng out hte possession prior.
If the Bobcats can go on a small run now and get this up over 15 or 16 points, Deng and the Bulls may be done for the night.
BOBCATS 77, BULLS 67 — 7:21 in Game
The Bulls are back to the poor ball movement that led to the deficit. Following a possession which ended in a last second Marco Belinelli three, the long rebound led to a Bobcats fast break.
Ben Gordon scored easily on the two-on-one, and Thibbs burnt another timeout.
BOBCATS 71, BULLS 65 — 9:17 Remaining in Game
Tom Thibodeau started the fourth quarter with the same five-man unit that got the Bulls back into the game in the second quarter.
He's hoping that Marquis Teague and Marco Belinelli can play better perimeter defense than Nate Robinson and Rip Hamilton were.
BOBCATS 67, BULLS 65 — 11:16 in 4th
No one can say this game has been pretty. Both teams are allowing second chance shots; the Bulls are still letting the Cats get to the hole at will. And the Bobcats have 12 turnovers through three quarters.
And are still tied.
BOBCATS 65, BULLS 65 — End of 3rd
The Bobcats just had three offensive rebounds on one play, and the Bulls just stood around and watched. There's just been too many issues, and this could lead to a bad loss against a hapless Bobcats team.
BOBCATS 65, BULLS 61 — 1:31 in 3rd
The Bulls have kept pushing it in transition, and are starting to capitalize on some lazy Bobcats passing. These opportunities have been there all game, but the Bulls are finally starting to capitalize on it.
Bobcats with another timeout.
BOBCATS 61, BULLS 58 — 3:24 in 3rd
The Bulls are trying to get it going in transition. A turnover led to a Luol Deng layup. Deng airballed a jumper his previous shot.
Sometimes, all it takes is a few easy baskets to get things rolling, and the Bulls are looking to cut into this lead, as the crowd is starting to come alive. Bobcats timeout.
BOBCATS 59, BULLS 53 — 5:30 in 3rd
The Bulls are trying to get Luol Deng going. Deng has eight points thus far, but has been relatively quiet.
Deng had a nice take to the hole for a short jumper, but if the Bulls are going to get back in this, they have to get their de facto No. 1 option more involved.
BOBCATS 58, BULLS 49 — 6:47 in 3rd
Bulls ball movement is looking better, but the Bobcats are still getting to the basket at will on the other end. Finally, Kemba Walker ended the bleeding at the line and hit two free throws. The Bobcats shoot 79 percent on the season, so things may be starting to normalize there for them.
BOBCATS 55, BULLS 47 — 8:00 in 3rd
Is it really necessary to double team Joakim Noah in the post? He's improved offensively, but still has limited post moves, and Bismack Biyombo should be able to handle him by himself.
It led to a wide open Rip Hamilton three—which was missed.
BOBCATS 51, BULLS 42 — 10:42 3rd Quarter
The Bobcats could be up by far more if they were hitting free throws. Gerald Henderson closed the half by hitting just one of two from the stripe, and the Cats are 6-of-15 from the line.
The Bulls D was horrible in the first half, giving up drive after drive to the basket. Joakim Noah wasn't able to protect the basket once the perimeter defenders were beat off the dribble. The result was 32 points by the Bobcats quartet of guards (Henderson, Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon).
Tom Thibodeau is going to have to make some adjustments to get the Bulls D up to snuff in the second half.
The Bulls will also have to improve their ball movement, as they are settling for far too many jumpers. With how well Taj Gibson is playing inside, and the skill of Carlos Boozer, they need to find a way to get more easy looks around the basket.
BOBCATS 47, BULLS 42 — Halftime
Gerald Henderson hit a nice turnaround jumper. It should be interesting to see if the Bobcats can snag someone nice for Henderson in a trade, as he doesn't seem to be a part of their long term plans. He wasn't given a contract extension, and so far has six points on 2-of-3 shooting.
BOBCATS 46, BULLS 42 — 6.3 second in Half
Kemba Walker is showing no hesitation in running it right down the heart of the Bulls defense. Joakim Noah has to emerge as a basket protector, because the Bulls guards can't seem to stay in front of Walker on defense.
Walker and Ramon Sessions have combined for 18 first half points so far, feasting on the Bulls' poor D.
BOBCATS 44, BULLS 38 — 2:44 Remaining in 1st Half
The Bulls are hoping Marquis Teague can make Nate Robinson expendable so that they can avoid plunging deeper into the luxury tax. Teague gets to the basket on a nice take to the hole, and is looking as good as he did at Kentucky.
Teague's confidence is key, as he has all the talent to be the long-term answer as Derrick Rose's backup.
BOBCATS 42, BULLS 38 — 4:05 2nd Quarter
The Bobcats continue to get into the paint. The Bulls perimeter D is not effective, and Ramon Sessions took advantage to get in for a tear drop jumper. Sessions then hit a nice jumper the next possession, as his confidence is blooming.
BOBCATS 40, BULLS 31 — 5:53 2nd Quarter
Taj Gibson has had two nice up-and-unders around the basket. Despite being undersized as a big man, Gibson is crafty and finds a way to get it done. He signed a nice contract extension and hasn't played his best ball since doing so.
But he's looking good tonight. Seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
BOBCATS 35, BULLS 29 — 7:06 in 2nd, Bobcats timeout
The Bobcats lead by nine despite shooting 5-of-11 from the line. Ostensibly, they're not even playing that well. The Bulls are just that bad today.
BOBCATS 35, BULLS 26 — 7:45 in 2nd
Tom Thibodeau has seen enough of the Bobcats slashing to the hole. Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon have both got to the basket at will. Thibbs called timeout to talk it over.
BOBCATS 34, BULLS 24 — 9:19 2nd Quarter, Bulls timeout
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