Bulls' woes continue with 111-96 loss to Hornets


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 28 points, Mason Plumlee added 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Chicago Bulls, 111-96, on Thursday night.

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Gordon Hayward added 17 points, and LaMelo Ball returned from a three-game absence due to a sprained ankle and wrist injury and chipped in with 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to overcome a horrible 2-for-15 shooting performance from the field.

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points for the Bulls, while Zach LaVine finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, but was quiet in the second half. Patrick Williams had 15 points, but Chicago’s three-game win streak came to an end.

The Bulls built a 55-47 lead at halftime behind a balanced attack while holding the Hornets to 39.5% shooting the first half.

But the Hornets battled back to tie the game at 71 late in the third quarter behind six straight points by Rozier, including a steal at midcourt that led to a fast-break layup. Rozier had five steals in the third quarter, matching the franchise record for steals in a period.

Charlotte began to pull away in the fourth quarter, building a 97-88 lead behind a 3-pointer from Ball and a driving layup by Plumlee. Ball and Plumlee combined for 18 points in the fourth.

Plumlee sealed the game when he pulled up for a 14-foot left-handed jumper — he used to shoot right-handed before changing up his shot late last year — to give Charlotte a 106-94 lead with 1:30 left in the game.

The Hornets had lost seven of their last nine games but played an inspired second half, particularly on defense. They limited to the Bulls to 5-of-24 shooting from the field and outscored Chicago, 34-17.

Bulls: Only received 11 points from their bench.
Hornets: Outrebounded the Bulls, 52-43.

Bulls: at Orlando Magic on Saturday.
Hornets: host Miami Heat on Sunday.

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