Hornets buzz into Windy City
(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls play the finale of a three-game
homestand, as they welcome the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets tonight to
the United Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
December 1st, Andres Nocioni scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as
Chicago edged the Hornets, 111-108, at the Ford Center.
Nocioni is currently sidelined with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
The Hornets have lost two of their last three at Chicago. The Bulls have won
two in a row in the series.
Chicago attempts to win back-to-back games this evening. Ben Gordon scored 22
points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out six assists as the Bulls used a
dominant third quarter to crush the Golden State Warriors, 113-83, at the
Thabo Sefolosha scored a career-high 19 points, while Adrian Griffin posted a
career-high 17 points for the Bulls, who outscored the Warriors 33-11 in the
third quarter for the decisive victory.
Tyrus Thomas tied a career-high with 14 points and Luol Deng contributed 13
points, five boards and six assists as Chicago put the brakes on a two-game
skid and improved to 23-8 at home this season.
Forward P.J. Brown (bruised left knee) is questionable for tonight’s game.
Brown is averaging 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 51 games for Chicago this
New Orleans/Oklahoma City has won three of its last four games overall. Chris
Paul posted 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Hornets got their sixth straight
win at home with a 107-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at the
Devin Brown scored 19 points in the win over Atlanta for the Hornets. Tyson
Chandler collected 18 points and 13 boards, while David West had 17 points and
14 boards in the victory.
The Hornets are just 9-19 on the road this season. They are scheduled to host
the Utah Jazz on Sunday at the Ford Center.