Bobcats trim Bulls with balanced scoringJan 19, 2011 - 5:49 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - D.J. Augustin led a balanced Charlotte attack with 15 points and five assists, and the Bobcats topped the Chicago Bulls, 83-82, at the United Center.
Gerald Wallace grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds to go along with 13 points, while both Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw added 12 points apiece for Charlotte, which snapped a three-game skid.
"Our points in the paint helped us tonight," said Charlotte head coach Paul Silas. "We played very well defensively, though."
Derrick Rose led the Bulls with a game-high 33 points. Ronnie Brewer added 12 points in a reserve role and Luol Deng contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for Chicago, which played without Carlos Boozer for its second straight game as he rests a sprained left ankle.
"The way we played tonight is really not the way we're supposed to play," said Rose. "We didn't have enough energy towards the end of the game."
The Bulls had a eight-game home winning streak snapped.
Trailing 78-76, the Bobcats took the lead with a Wallace running layup and three-point conversion at 1:13 of the fourth.
After the teams traded baskets, Jackson made a pair from the line to give Charlotte a 83-80 lead, and Rose responded with a floating jumper at the far end to make it a one-possession game with 25.2 seconds remaining.
Charlotte looked to widen its lead on the next possession, however, Diaw turned the ball over with 8.2 seconds remaining, giving the Bulls a shot at the win.
Kurt Thomas rejected Kyle Korver's layup with 3.1 second remaining, and Rose missed on a fade away jumper at the buzzer to end the game.
The Bobcats shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, and took a 27-24 lead after the opening 12 minutes. Charlotte held its edge and had a 47-44 lead at the break after a back-and-forth second quarter.
The team's traded shots to open up the third quarter, and after Jackson's jump shot went down just over the nine minute mark the Bobcats lead was 51-47. Rose sank a basket at the far end to start a 10-0 Bulls run, highlighted by a Deng driving layup and three-point conversion, to give Chicago a 57-51 advantage.
However, Charlotte responded with consecutive baskets to trim its deficit to 57-55, and the teams traded down the stretch. Chicago took a 66-62 lead into the final stanza.
The Bulls also had a three-game winning streak snapped...Thomas finished with a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points...Taj Gibson added nine points and nine rebounds in the loss...Charlotte was 0-of-13 from beyond the arc, 6-of-12 for Chicago.
- CHARLOTTE: 83
Jan 18 10:25 PM
- CHARLOTTE: 64
End of 3rd
Jan 18 9:47 PM
- CHARLOTTE: 47
Jan 18 9:04 PM
- CHARLOTTE: 27
End of 1st
Jan 18 8:33 PM
- CHARLOTTE: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Jan 18 8:11 PM
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