Tuesday, February 28 :: Hornets 95 @ Bulls 99 :: Bulls 28-8
BENCHMOB TOTALS: 19 points, 12 reb, 4 ast, 4 stl and 6 block
BM GAME WRAP: The Bulls were finally back to full-strength featuring a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. However, it appeared as though the entire Bulls team was suffering form the All-Star break “hangover”. The Bulls had a hard time finishing off the Hornets, but it was Derrick Rose who hit the game winner to finish them off.
“We have to knock some of the rust off,” said Derrick Rose, who scored 32 points and dished out nine assists.
The Bulls jumped out to an early lead but let it slip away in the second and third quarters. Shockingly it was the Hornets bench that outscored the Bench Mob 39-19 and help grind the Hornets back into the game.
“You have to find different ways to win,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We had the resolve. That part is encouraging.”
The Bulls (28-8) travel to San Antonio on Wednesday to take on a very good Spurs team at 8pm (cst) which will be featured on ESPN.
‘MOBBER OF THE NIGHT (MoN): Taj Gibson came off the bench to provide a much needed defensive spark. Taj finish with 5 points, 7 boards, 5 blocks and 2 steals in just 18 minutes.