Coming off of an ugly 86-73 loss at the Washington Wizards on Jan. 26, the Chicago Bulls turned it around against the Charlotte Bobcats, defeating the visiting kitties, 93-85.
The win avenged a 91-81 defeat in the last meeting between these two teams.
Thanks to their usual stifling defense—especially on the perimeter—the Bulls forced the Bobcats into plenty of hurried, contested attempts. To its credit, Charlotte didn't just throw that ball away (it had only 10 turnovers on the night), but Chicago clearly forced the Bobcats into a number of difficult situations as the shot clock wound down.
On the night, the Bulls held the Bobcats to 39 percent shooting.
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls in scoring with 19 as Chicago won its seventh game in its last nine tries. Not to be forgotten, Joakim Noah followed up his near triple-double against the Wizards with another stat-stuffing performance. The Bulls All-Star center led his team with 18 rebounds and seven assists.
All in all, it was a very nice night for the Bulls; Luol Deng returned after a five-game absence, Butler asserted himself as a viable rotation option, the defense swatted away a stunning 14 shots and the bench took the game over down the stretch.
Oh, and the Bulls held their 10th straight opponent under 100 points.
Based on the bevy of excellent performances in this one, there are sure to be some pretty solid grades for the Bulls. Let's check 'em out.