NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Chicago|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: New Orleans 89, Chicago 82
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Greivis Vasquez netted 18 points and handed out
six assists as the New Orleans Hornets gutted out an 89-82 win over the
Chicago Bulls at United Center.
Jason Smith dropped in 16 points in a 15-plus minute run off the bench, while
Robin Lopez added 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Hornets,
who played without No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis due to a concussion he
suffered in Friday's win over Utah.
"Coach stressed to us this would be a tough physical game. It was a back-to-
back for us, as it was for them," Smith said. "This is a tough environment to
play in. They got on a run earlier in the game and the crowd really got behind
them. The big key for us tonight was playing our defense."
Ryan Anderson contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Hornets' first win
over Chicago since the 2007-08 season -- an eight-game skid.
Luol Deng scored a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds, while Nate
Robinson netted 15 points off the bench.
Marco Belinelli and Taj Gibson finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively,
for the Bulls, who suffered their first loss of the season after wins over
Cleveland and Sacramento.
"We got outhustled. They were physical from the start of the game. They set
the tone right away," Gibson said.
New Orleans got off to a quick start, leading 16-6 with less than four minutes
remaining in the first quarter.
Chicago, however, answered with a 12-2 burst to tie the game at 18, but a
three-point play by Anderson gave the Hornets a 21-18 lead after the first 12
A three-point play by Deng with 6:28 to play before the half sparked a 14-7
spurt, allowing Chicago to open a 44-37 margin with 1:45 to go.
New Orleans responded by closing the half with a 9-0 run to lead 46-44 at the
The Hornets led throughout the third stanza as a fadeaway jumper by rookie
Austin Rivers with 6:49 to play in the quarter gave New Orleans a 58-48
Gibson buried a 14-footer to cut the deficit to four late in the frame, but
Smith nailed a pair of free throws to put the lead at 66-60 heading to the
Chicago remained within arm's length for the duration of the fourth quarter,
and got within two possessions with 1:16 to play courtesy of a 19-footer by
But the Bulls were never able to get over the hump as Smith, Roger Mason
Jr. and Brian Roberts each hit a pair of clutch free throws with under a
minute to play, helping New Orleans hold on for the victory.
Chicago kicked off a four-game homestand Saturday ... The Bulls had won their
last four home meetings with the Hornets ... Smith made all eight of his free
throw attempts ... New Orleans blocked nine shots as a team and outrebounded
the Bulls, 44-41 ... Chicago shot just 33 percent from the floor and 3-of-17
from three-point range.
11/04 03:28:06 ET