The Charlotte Bobcats put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only nine possessions while totaling 23 assists, in a close 91-86 win over the Chicago Bulls. Charlotte (43-39) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Kemba Walker put up 22 points on 6-16 shooting. Other key players for Charlotte included Gerald Henderson with 11 points and six rebounds, and Al Jefferson with 10 points and 18 rebounds. Despite the loss, D.J. Augustin scored 17 points off the bench for Chicago on 6-16 shooting, including 3-9 from behind the arc. Joakim Noah chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich put up 11 points and six assists.
Charlotte avoided turning the ball over, even against a Chicago defense that forces the league's fifth-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 25.1%). The Bobcats finished this game with a TO% of 9.4%, and commit the fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 12.1%) thus far this season. The Bobcats posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.56. This year, they are 14-5 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Bulls are 3-4 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This puts an end to a zero-game winning streak for Chicago (48-34) against Charlotte.