Going into the game, Chicago had three lonesome wins, their last of which, came against the Hornets about a month ago. This game, unfortunately, would not hold a different result.
The game started out promising, but at the end of the first quarter, the Bulls went on a run to end the period with a 31-25 lead, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Of the leading performances tonight, Dwight Howard’s stat line certainly stands out. He recorded 25 points, 20 rebounds, and six blocks, and was a defensive force. Other notable stat lines include Treveon Graham 12 points, Nicolas Batum’s 10 assists, Marvin Williams' 17 points, and Kemba Walker’s 20 points and five assists.
I mean, if I had told you before the game that Dwight would record another 20-20 double-double, Marvin Williams tied his season high in points, Batum had a double-digit assist total, and Kemba put up his usual 20+ points, you probably would think that the Hornets win, and not by a close margin by any means. But nothing seems to go as expected with this team.
Kris Dunn has looked like an All-Star this season against the Hornets. Charlotte allowed Dunn to put up a double-double, with 20 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds. Not exactly what you would expect from a defensive player like Dunn. Lauri Markkanen put up 24 points, and Robin Lopez also had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
To make matters worse, Jeremy Lamb did not play in the second half due to a shin contusion.
And the hits keep coming: Jeremy Lamb out for the second half with a shin contusion.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) December 9, 2017
The next game for Charlotte is against the Los Angeles Lakers, on Saturday. This will be the second game of a back-to-back for the Hornets, after tonight's loss to the Bulls.
what on earth?— At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) December 9, 2017
This loss is what many would consider crippling, confidence wrenching. The list of adjectives for this disappointing season continues.