Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
No one would have ever guessed that the Chicago Bulls (32-23) were on the second night of a back-to-back on Friday night in Charlotte, as Tom Thibodeau's squad annihilated the Bobcats (13-42), outscoring them in all four quarters to win by 30 points, 105-75.
Eight Bulls players scored in double figures, and Taj Gibson led the way off the bench, scoring 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. Carlos Boozer recorded the game's only double-double, scoring 10 points and reeling in 10 boards as well.
For Charlotte, Kemba Walker led the way with 27 points (including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc). He has now scored at least 24 points in each of the Bobcats' last three games.
The Bobcats held their own on the glass, losing the rebounding battle 46-45, but were thoroughly outplayed in the end, committing twice as many turnovers as Chicago and shooting just 33 percent from the field for the game.
Here are some highlights from the first half of Friday's game.
Taj Gibson: 17 points, six rebounds, one assist, one block
Luol Deng: 14 points, five rebounds, two assists
Marco Belinelli: 12 points, five rebounds, five assists
Kemba Walker: 27 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 10 points, seven rebounds, one steal
Bismack Biyombo: seven points, 12 rebounds, three blocks
It's all over in Charlotte. The Bulls embarrass the Bobcats at home by a score of 105-75. Chicago was lead by Carlos Boozer's double-double and eight Bulls scoring in double figures.
Kemba Walker was the lone bright spot for Charlotte, scoring 27 points on 9-of-27 shooting from the field in the losing effort.
Chicago wins the season series 2-1.
Final Score: Bulls 105, Bobcats 75
The lead has ballooned to 30 points. Nothing to see here people, move along.
The assist line is eye-popping. Chicago has 36 for the game while Charlotte has just 13.
Jimmy Butler throws it down for Chicago and only the die-hard Bobcats fans remain inside the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Bulls 99, Bobcats 71, with 3:20 remaining in the 4th quarter
Tonight marks the third straight game that Kemba Walker has scored at least 24 points. Maybe Michael Jordan is on to something here.
Bulls 94, Bobcats 68, with 6:07 remaining in 4th quarter
Kemba Walker (21 points) isn't giving up just yet. The Bobcats are down big, but the former UConn star is determined to finish it out right.
Bulls 91, Bobcats 65, with 6:24 remaining in 4th quarter
Assuming he isn't thrown in in garbage time, this will be Ben Gordon's first DNP-coach's decision of the season.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) February 23, 2013
The intensity has dropped off considerably, and the end is clearly in sight for both teams.
Bulls 84, Bobcats 61, with 8:45 remaining in 4th quarter
End of the third quarter. Once again, the Bulls outscore the Bobcats in that quarter. Chicago is 12 minutes away from win No. 32 on the year, barring some incredible comeback from a Bobcats team that can't find the bottom of the net tonight.
Charlotte is shooting 31 percent for the game after three quarters, and just 18 percent from beyond the arc. I don't care who you are, you can't win shooting that poorly.
Bulls 78, Bobcats 57, end of 3rd quarter
Chicago has its largest lead of the game and with a little over 14 minutes left to play this one looks to be all but over.
Joakim Noah isn't scoring at a high rate, but his presence on defense and on the boards has been huge for the Bulls tonight. Remember, they are on a back-to-back having lost to Miami at home last night.
Bulls 73, Bobcats 51, with 2:16 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Kemba Walker hits Charlotte's first 3-pointer of the game. Unfortunately, the Bobcats will need many more before they find themselves back in this game.
Bulls 67, Bobcats 49, with 4:49 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Timeout Bobcats (that should sound very familiar). Bulls ahead comfortably. If Michael Jordan is still considering a comeback, now would be the time.
Bulls 63, Bobcats 44, with 7:01 remaining in 3rd quarter
Third quarter is underway. But it's more of the same for Charlotte. Luol Deng is looking sharp from outside.
Bulls 58, Bobcats 41, with 8:57 remaining in 3rd quarter
Bobcats are actually +7 at the foul line. But at the end the day it comes down to shot-making. Charlotte has just 11 field goals at halftime. Chicago has nearly twice as many (21).
Taj Gibson: nine points, three rebounds, one assist
Joakim Noah: eight points, five rebounds, four assists, three blocks
Carlos Boozer: eight points, five rebounds, two assists
Gerald Henderson: nine points, two rebounds
Kemba Walker: eight points, three rebounds, one steal
Bismack Biyombo: seven points, nine rebounds, three blocks
That'll do it for the first half. The first 24 minutes were dominated by the Bulls. Joakim Noah is your first half MVP. He has eight points, five rebounds and four assists.
Bismack Biyombo is having a strong game for Charlotte, despite what the score would suggest.
Bulls 51, Bobcats 37, Halftime
I don't feel like watching Bulls vs Bobcats v.v— andy⚽ (@andyy_mostdopee) February 23, 2013
I think many NBA fans would agree with Andy. The Bobcats are playing hard (it looks like), but the Bulls are just on another level right now defensively.
I couldn't imagine the score if this game were in Chicago.
Bulls 47, Bobcats 33, with 2:03 remaining in the 2nd quarter
Ben Gordon, who is averaging 12.4 points in 21.6 minutes, has yet to play for Bobcats.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 23, 2013
No Ben Gordon yet, from K.C. Johnson.
Interesting, Taj Gibson picks up his third foul already. Good thing the Bulls are cruising.
Even when the Bulls' defense isn't perfect the Bobcats are bailing them out with bricks. Michael Jordan has to be unhappy with this display.
Bulls 46, Bobcats 31, with 2:40 remaining in 2nd quarter
Charlotte is hanging tough, I guess you might say. But still no fastbreak points as a Chicago foul prevents a layup.
Bulls 42, Bobcats 25, with 5:13 remaining in 2nd quarter
Every time we come to Charlotte, the Bulls crush the Bobcats. I can't remember a game that was even that close.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 23, 2013
A very fitting tweet from Nick Friedell.
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