NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Chicago
(Saturday, December 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 111, Charlotte 95
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon netted a season-high 34 points and dished out five assists to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Charlotte Bobcats, 111-95, at United Center.
Luol Deng also had a season-high with 29 points and six rebounds while Ben Wallace added 10 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won two straight for the first time all season.
"We had nice, open looks like we have had, and tonight we knocked them down right from the beginning of the game," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "We stepped into our shots like a very confident team."
Andres Nocioni came off the bench for Chicago and contributed 17 points and seven boards in the victory.
Jason Richardson paced Charlotte with 22 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the field while Emeka Okafor had 21 points and nine boards in defeat.
"We just need to keep fighting," said Richardson. "It's a long season. The season is more of a marathon than a track meet. We just need to keep fighting and go out there and play hard and if we keep practicing hard, things will get back to the way they were for us earlier in the year."
Gerald Wallace ended with 17 points and seven assists for the struggling Bobcats, who have lost five straight.
Leading by one at the break, Chicago took control and opened the third period on a 23-12 surge to take an 81-69 lead. During the stretch, Gordon drained three consecutive three-pointers for the home team.
"That's a big part of my game," Gordon said of his three-point shooting. "Our shooting tonight shows what we're capable of."
Gordon finished with 15 points in the quarter as the Bulls took an 86-75 lead into the final frame.
Chicago continued to run in front in the fourth and went up 103-88 after Nocioni sank a trey, and after a defensive stop at the other end, Wallace slammed home a missed shot by Tyrus Thomas with 6:15 to play.
The Bulls then took their largest of the night with just under five minutes remaining after back-to-back jump shots by Deng made it a 19-point game at 107-88.
Charlotte was not able to seriously threaten the remainder of the contest.
Paced by six points from Deng, the Bulls opened the contest on an 11-2 run to take control early. Chicago continued to run in front for the remainder of the first quarter and led 31-23 after 12 minutes.
The Bobcats came back and outscored the Bulls 34-27 in the second stanza to head into halftime down just one, 58-57.
The Bulls have won three straight and six of the last seven meetings at home against Charlotte...Chicago shot 54.3 percent from the field...Bulls rookie forward Joakim Noah left the game in the second quarter with a left ankle injury and did not return...The Bobcats had a 50.7 field goal percentage for the game and hit 9-of-19 shots from beyond the arc.
12/01 23:56:31 ET