The Chicago Bulls stole one from the Charlotte Bobcats, 89-87. This is the seventh win for Chicago (22-21) in its last 10 games.
D.J. Augustin had a strong performance, scoring 28 points on 9-19 shooting from the field (6-12 from behind the arc) and 4-6 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Chicago included Taj Gibson with 13 points and 7 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Joakim Noah with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Al Jefferson had another strong performance for Charlotte in the loss, scoring 32 points on 15-26 shooting. He also added 13 rebounds. Gerald Henderson added 11 points and 6 rebounds.
As expected, the Bobcats offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Bulls defense that ranks second-best in the league at forcing misses (47.1% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 45.5% in this game, they rank 27th in the NBA in that metric at 46.7% this season.
Charlotte (19-27) has now dropped three consecutive games to Chicago.
Coming up next, the Bulls square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 21-22 on the year. The Bobcats meet the Denver Nuggets, currently 21-21 this season.