NBA Game Summary - Chicago at New Orleans/Oklahoma City
(Friday, December 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 111, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 108
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Chicago edged New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 111-108, at the Ford Center.
Nocioni shot 12-of-23 from the field and Luol Deng scored 21 points with six boards and four assists. Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon each contributed 17 points for the Bulls, who have won three in a row since dropping six straight.
"It's a big win for us," Gordon said. "We needed to get this one going back home. They were short-handed so we needed to take advantage of that. Anytime you get a road win it's nice."
Chicago finished 41-of-86 (47.7 percent) shooting.
Rasual Butler poured in 33 points, also on 12-of-23 shooting and Chris Paul recorded his third-career triple double -- 25 points, 18 helpers and 11 rebounds -- for the Hornets, who have lost four consecutive games.
"It came in a losing effort and that really negates it," Paul said regarding his triple-double. "It was an honor to get it, but I would trade it for a win."
Jannero Pargo netted 18 points off the bench and Marc Jackson finished with 15 in defeat.
Mike Sweetney's layup finished a 9-0 spurt by the Bulls for a 92-77 lead at the 9:02 mark in the fourth. However, the Hornets got within two, 110-108 on Tyson Chandler's dunk with three seconds to play in regulation. Gordon, though, converted on 1-of-2 from the stripe and Paul's half-court shot for the tie came after the buzzer and was off target.
The Bulls held a six-point edge with 50 seconds left in the opening quarter until Paul and Pargo converted a pair of hits from the line for New Orleans. Hinrich responded with a jumper to make it a 28-24 game in favor of Chicago after one.
Gordon's trey and two free throws capped a 17-7 burst and gave the Bulls a 45-31 lead with just under five minutes to play in the second. The double- digit cushion remained intact throughout the remainder of the frame as Chicago held a 59-47 advantage at the half.
In the third, the Hornets continued to trail but cut within six, 83-77, on a pair of Butler jump shots and a lay-in from Desmond Mason at the end of the period.
Mason finished with 11 points...Chandler grabbed 17 rebounds...The Hornets shot 46.2 percent from the floor...Chicago went 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from three-point range while New Orleans shot 50 percent from beyond the arc...Attendance was 19,164.
12/02 00:08:16 ET