NBA Game Recap - Charlotte at Chicago
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:00 PM EST

MIL
126
DET
106
F
MIA
124
ATL
129
F
BKN
104
PHI
112
F(OT)
CHA
103
CHI
93
F
MEM
125
SAC
129
F
HOU
135
GS
105
F

Charlotte 103, Chicago 93

Feb 20, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final

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2

3

4

T

Charlotte (19-36)

33

27

19

24

103

Chicago (19-37)

20

24

29

20

93

Monk, Bridges lead Hornets over cold-shooting Bulls, 103-93
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:14 AM

CHICAGO (AP) Devonte Graham failed to score for the first time this season. Even with their star guard held without a point, the Hornets had enough to beat the Bulls.

Malik Monk scored 25 points, Miles Bridges added 22 and Charlotte hung on to beat cold-shooting Chicago 103-93 on Thursday night.

"It showed that everybody can step up at any moment," Monk said. "It showed that we trust in each other. Everybody is able to step up at any time, to step up in the big times."

After the NBA put on a memorable show last weekend with the All-Star festivities in Chicago for the first time since 1988, the Hornets and Bulls delivered a rather forgettable performance.

The Hornets let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two. But they regrouped to win their third in a row after losing five straight and 13 of 14.

The Bulls missed their first 17 3-pointers before Zach LaVine made one in the third quarter and were 7 of 31 from beyond the arc in losing their seventh straight game.

Graham, making a strong case for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award, had not scored fewer than four points this season. He missed all seven shots but contributed seven assists with the Bulls consistently trapping him.

"With them, it's next man up," Chicago's Thaddeus Young said. "They had other guys step up. I think we did a good on just showing him traps. You stop one guy, he becomes a basketball player and makes smart decisions. He makes different reads and that's what they did."

P.J. Washington scored 17 points for Charlotte. Cody Zeller added 16 points and eight rebounds. Bridges also grabbed eight rebounds after taking MVP honors in the Rising Stars Challenge at the United Center during All-Star weekend.

"We're not built around one player," Hornets head coach James Borrego said. "We have depth, we have versatility, and ultimately that's how we want to be built."

Thaddeus Young led Chicago with season highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds. LaVine scored 19 points.

"We have a lot of season left," LaVine said. "You've got to stay locked in. This is our job. This is a dream job. This is something that millions of people wish they could do -- good or bad. It's a tough situation. Nobody likes being in a losing situation. But you get to see who's fighting with you and who's not. Go out there and battle."

REGROUPING

The Hornets led by 21 early in the third, only to have Chicago's Coby White cut it to 70-68 with a three-point play with 3:05 left in the quarter. Bridges answered with a finger-roll layup, and Terry Rozier got the lead back up to double digits early in the fourth when he nailed a 3 to make it 89-78.

"Dug in, showed resiliency, could have hung our heads," Borrego said. "We've had a few of those games in the past where we've hung our heads. We've had big leads, we've lost it. This fourth quarter was different though. There's maturity out there, guys are talking, communicating, playing for each other."

TIP-INS

Hornets: G Dwayne Bacon scored 51 points Wednesday for the Greensboro Swarm in his first game after being assigned to the G League. "The G League has been really good to us. We've gained a lot of experience and a lot of confidence with our guys that go to Greensboro, and this is a great example of that," Hornets coach James Borrego said.

Bulls: C Daniel Gafford (dislocated right thumb, sprained right ankle), playing for just the second time since Jan. 15, finished with five points and four rebounds. ... Young's previous highs were 21 points against Toronto on Feb. 2 and 10 rebounds against Philadelphia on Feb. 9.

UP NEXT:

Hornets: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.

Bulls: Host Phoenix on Saturday.

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Leaders

Charlotte PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Monk 25 15 3 6 0 0
M. Bridges 22 14 2 8 2 0
Chicago PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Young 22 -8 1 11 4 1
Z. LaVine 19 0 7 7 3 1

Team Comparison

CHA CHI
Points For 103 93
Field Goals 35/74-47% 37/87-43%
Three Pointers 8/28-29% 7/31-23%
Free Throws 25/29-86% 12/19-63%
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Defensive Rebounds 35 26
Rebounds 50 50
Blocks 4 3
Steals 9 12
Turnovers 17 13
Points Scored Off Turnovers 8 19
Points in the Paint 52 52
Fast Break Points 14 6
Personal Fouls 16 23
Technical Fouls 1 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - CHA Leads Series 3-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Oct 23 CHI 125 @ CHA 126 T. Satoransky 2 M. Monk 7
Sat Nov 23 CHI 116 @ CHA 115 D. Gafford 2 N. Batum 3
Fri Dec 13 CHA 83 @ CHI 73 M. Monk 2 C. White 3
Thu Feb 20 CHA 103 @ CHI 93 C. Felicio 2

Game Information

Stadium: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 17,463
Game Time: 2:11