Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago

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Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago
Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls continue to turn heads without Derrick Rose.

Though they started off sloppy against the New Orleans Hornets, the Bulls regrouped in time to secure a 96-87 victory.

Early in the first half, it appeared as if Chicago was about to allow the Hornets to have run of the court, but it made some adjustments and cut off New Orleans in transition.

It was a dogfight for the Bulls in the second half as well, but they were able to overcome strong performances from Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis and run away with the win in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.

Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer all led the way for Chicago, putting forth stellar performances and gaudy stat lines on both ends of the floor.

This was victory No. 31 for the Bulls, as they improved to 16-10 on the road, the best record away from home in the NBA.

As has become the norm in the Windy City, the Bulls' lockdown defense helped keep most of the Hornets' young guns in check. It it was their ability to hit some big shots down the stretch, however, that allowed Chicago to end a two-game losing streak and begin the unofficial second half of the season on a high note.

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