NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Charlotte
(Wednesday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Chicago 109, Charlotte 97
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon scored 22 points off the bench, grabbed six rebounds and added a pair of assists as the Chicago Bulls rallied past the Charlotte Bobcats, 109-97.
Gordon, who started the first 26 games of the season before moving to a reserve role, has averaged 29 points in the last four games.
Luol Deng added 21 points, 13 rebounds and doled out five assists for the Bulls, who are 3-1 since Jim Boylan took over as interim head coach, scoring triple digits in every game. Joakim Noah added 17 points, while Joe Smith chipped in with 16 in the victory. Kirk Hinrich also scored 11.
Jason Richardson scored a game-high 28 points for Charlotte, which has dropped five of six. Gerald Wallace posted 23 points, 11 boards and eight assists, while Raymond Felton finished with 13 points.
"We're the two highest paid players on this team and we've got to produce every night," said Richardson, of himself and Wallace. "I don't think we were necessarily tired but we just didn't have it, whatever reason it was."
Trailing by one heading to the fourth, the Bulls scored the first seven points to gain control and never looked back. The Bobcats briefly curbed that momentum, but had trouble on the boards and went cold from the floor.
Ben Wallace's fadeaway jumper put Chicago up 101-90 with just 3:15 remaining in the contest, and the Bulls coasted to the final buzzer.
"Obviously in the second half we came out with a lot more energy than the first half," said Boylan. "We got a big-time effort out of Ben Wallace, especially in the second half, and Joakim Noah was great."
Both teams played even early in the game and Charlotte held a 28-23 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bobcats then used a 9-3 run to open a double-digit lead in the later stages of the second quarter. Felton capped the burst with a layup, making it 51-41 with about three minutes left.
Chicago battled back a bit, but Charlotte held a 57-49 edge at the break.
The Bulls then erased a 10-point deficit in the third quarter behind an 18-7 rally, but still trailed 79-78 heading to the fourth.
Richardson has scored at least 25 points in six straight games...The Bobcats are 10-9 as the host this season...The Bulls are just 6-10 away from the Windy City...The Bulls have beaten Charlotte four straight games, including three this season. Chicago is 11-3 all-time against the Hornets, including 5-2 on the road.
01/02 22:52:37 ET