The Chicago Bulls got a performance from their reserves that was reminiscent of the Bench Mob days to help hold off the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night 93-85.
Jimmy Butler—who returned to the pine with the return of Luol Deng from injury—and Nate Robinson combined for 34 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks, while Taj Gibson added seven rebounds and three swats to improve Chicago to 27-17.
The Bobcats got 18 points, four boards and six assists from Kemba Walker in an encouraging road effort, but came up just short as they dropped to 11-33 on the season.
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Player of the Game: Joakim Noah
While the bench gave Chicago a necessary spark, Noah had the stat line of the night across the entire league.
The big man dropped 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting, and he added—wait for it—18 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and a steal.
Yeah, that's why he's an All-Star.
Up Next for Charlotte
The Bobcats get a day of rest before continuing their killer five-game road trip when they head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Wednesday.
Up Next for Chicago
The Bulls, who have now won seven of their last 10, head to Milwaukee to battle the Bucks on Wednesday night.