It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Chicago Bulls came away with their fifth consecutive victory of the season over the Charlotte Bobcats, 86-81, to remain undefeated at the United Center this season and improve their overall record to 6-3. The game against Charlotte makes it the last home game of the month and ugly or not, the victory pushed them to 6-3 on the season.
Chicago didn’t have the game in control until a late three-pointer by Luol Deng with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, giving the Bull an 85-81 lead. After a Charlotte timeout, Gerald Wallace airballed a 19-foot jump shot and Derrick Rose grabbed the rebound and split a pair of free-throws after being fouled.
The Bulls shot 36 percent from the field and 50 percent (6-12) from the three-point line, but ultimately won the game at the charity stripe, connecting on 26 of their 31 attempts. Chicago outrebounded Charlotte 54-44, but turned the ball over 16 times in the game.
The Bobcats were not able to capitalize on the Bulls giveaways, scoring just 10 points.
Chicago’s bench was outscored 36-16, but got balanced scoring from their starters as all five players scored in double-digits. Deng led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Carlos Boozer chipped in 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Derrick Rose scored 12 points and had five assists, but he shot 4-13 from the field and 1-5 from the three-point line… Joakim Noah scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds… Jimmy Butler was 4-6 shooting from the field, finishing with 14 points and five rebounds