Butler, Bulls beat Bobcats
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jimmy Butler scored 19 points and Nate Robinson added 15 points, as the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 93-85, on Monday at United Center.
Joakim Noah scored 13 points, pulled down 18 rebounds, dished out seven assists and blocked five shots, while Carlos Boozer chipped in with 13 points for the Bulls, winners in four of their last five games.
Luol Deng, who had missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, added 12 points in the triumph.
Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon each scored 18 points and Jeff Adrien added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have dropped nine of their last 11 games.
Chicago lead 21-18 after the first 12 minutes and took a 49-40 lead into the break.
Charlotte outscored the Bulls, 15-14, in the third quarter to make it 63-55 entering the final frame. Both teams struggled offensively in the third, with the Bobcats shooting 31.8 percent (7-for-22) and Chicago going just 4-for-15 from the floor. The Bulls also went 5-for-10 from the free throw line in the period.
A pair of Ramon Sessions free throws with just under two minutes left brought the Bobcats within 86-80, but they never came closer the rest of the way.
Butler's 19 points were a career-high ... Robinson set a career-high with three blocks ... The Bobcats went 6-for-12 from 3-point range ... Gordon made 4-of-5 from behind the arc.
01/28 23:12:47 ET