The Hornets have gained back the momentum fully and are now back into the Eastern conference playoff picture. Beating Washington Wizards on Saturday night with 108-104, Yesterday was no less with 108-91 tapering off the Chicago Bulls at Charlotte, NC.
The box scores reveal a heating game with the first quarter ending with Hornets on the lead of 38-20, second and 4th quarter was answered well by the bulls (22-19, 26-21), while third was again in favor of hornets, giving them 16 points lead. The hornets were led by 22 points in the first half. following by 57-42 lead, and moved further ahead with 78-53 in the third quarter. This ended with Kidd-Gilchrist's two free-throws.
Chicago responded to cut the Charlotte's lead to 90-78, but the hornets were quite defensive with an 8-2 run.
Hornets (25-25) have reached the .500 mar for the first time, after the 17-17 on jan 4th. The charlotte Hornet's guard Nicolas Batum seemed very motivated and happy on reaching the .500 a game.He also praised his team well on showing team spirit and fighting hard. He scored 19 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hornets were all high with adrenaline, MK-Gilchrist added 20 points, while Spencer Hawes contributed his 13, which gave the Bull their 3rd straight loss.
For Chicago, Pau Gasol sealed the game with his 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, responded to the loss quite diplomatically by calling it a long, grinding trip, having 4 games in six days in 4 different time zones. One cannot ignore the missing leading scorers, D. Rose, J. Butler, and N. Mirotic, all three down with injuries.
Chicago tried hard to turn the tables, but were only able to shoot just 35% i the first 2 quarters. This made Charlotte have the good lead in the start. Charolotte's 7 out of 9 shots were in the first quarters which gave them 17-6 on Batum's 3-pointer contribution.
Charlotte's lead was then extended to 38-20 and pulled ahead by 22 points. While, chicago tried to grab the game to 50-36 with K. Hinrich's three pointer with 3:55 left.