The Hornets actually led the Bulls a few times in the fourth quarter, but were simply unable to sustain a high level of effort to close out the game. Kemba Walker led all scorers with 23 points, and Lance Stephenson scored a season high 20 points tonight as well.
Al Jefferson was essentially negated by the Bulls' impressive frontline of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, and finished with an atypical 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting and seven rebounds. In contrast, Gasol and Noah finished with 19 and 15 and 14 and 10, respectively.
The Hornets shot 40 percent from the field overall while the Bulls converted on 46.2 percent of their attempts. More importantly, the Hornets shot a paltry 13.3 percent from behind the 3-point line while allowing the Bulls to shoot 42.9 percent from deep on nearly twice as many attempts (15 compared to 28).
While the Hornets' offense looked its usual shade of bad, it was their defense that lost them this game, especially late. The Hornets allowed the Bulls to hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter alone, three of which were made with seven minutes or less in the game.
On the bright side, we did get a few highlights tonight. Check these out.