Bulls continue long road trip in Oklahoma City
(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls try and get back on the winning track
this evening when they continue their seven-game road trip against the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center.
The Bulls had their four-game winning streak stopped on Tuesday, as they were
run over by the NBA’s hottest team, the Dallas Mavericks, 98-94, at the
Kirk Hinrich had a season-high 28 points, 26 of which came in the second half
to lead the comeback attempt. Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni chipped in 14
points each for the Bulls, who fell for the second time in their last six
Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
Chicago, which will also visit Phoenix, Utah, Denver, Sacramento and the Los
Angeles Clippers, is 10-11 away from home this season.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after David
West’s jumper with one-tenth of a second left lifted the Hornets over the
Milwaukee Bucks, 94-93, on Monday. West finished with 24 points and 15
rebounds for New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which has won two in a row and seven
of its last 10.
Speedy Claxton added 19 points and Chris Paul had 16 points and nine assists,
as the Hornets opened a three-game homestand with their third win in four
tries as the host.
With the Hornets leading 92-91, Magloire gave the Bucks a one-point lead when
he converted a layup with 7.8 second left. Magloire, a former Hornet, was
fouled on the play by P.J. Brown, but he was unable to convert the free throw
attempt, which proved costly.
On the ensuing possession, West found himself open at the top of the key and
nailed the long jumper with one-tenth of a second remaining.
The Bucks couldn’t muster a final shot before the final buzzer sounded.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which will close this stand with a visit from Kobe
Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, is 13-8 as the home team this
The Hornets split their two matchups with the Bulls last season and have won
six of nine and 10 of the last 14 meetings. Chicago has also lost 11 of 13 and
12 of 15 as the road team in this series.