The Charlotte Hornets (1-3) earned its first win of the season, hammering the Chicago Bulls (3-2), 130-105, Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte's 130 points are the most scored since defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in November of 1997.
Jeremy Lamb—fresh off signing a three-year contract extension worth $21 million—shot 9-of-10 from the floor and led the team with 20 points.
Seven Hornets finished the game in double figures: P.J. Hairston (10 points), Spencer Hawes (13 points), Kemba Walker (13 points), Al Jefferson (14 points), Jeremy Lin (15 points), Nicolas Batum (18 points), and Lamb. Lin has tallied double figures off the bench in three of the team's first four games this season.
Tyler Hansbrough and Troy Daniels saw their first action of the season against the Bulls; Hansbrough scored six point in seven minutes and grabbed three boards, and Daniels tallied three points in six minutes of play.
Charlotte out-rebounded the Bulls 52-33, including a 12-4 offensive rebound advantage; Hansborough was credited with team-high three offensive rebounds.
Postgame Quick Facts
- The Hornets' 37 points in the first quarter equaled the most points scored in a period this season—Sunday versus Atlanta. Charlotte shot 72 percent from the floor in the opening frame.
- Charlotte made 14 three-point baskets, one shy of tying a team record set in 2007.
- Cody Zeller took an elbow to the face from Chicago’s Joakim Noah. He received eight stitches in the forehead and returned to the bench late in the second quarter. Zeller finished with six points and five rebounds.
- The team's 69 points in the first half was the most since posting 69 points against Portland on March 22, 2014; the team record for points in a half is 75.
- Charlotte had 25 field goals on 22 assists in the first half.
- The victory ended a nine-game losing streak for Charlotte that dated back to last season. The last regular season win for the Hornets was a 92-91 victory on April 4 against Philadelphia at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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The Bulls suffered thier worst loss of the season, falling by 25 points to Charlotte. Chicago trailed by as many as 35 points in the fourth quarter.
Chicago had five players finish in double figures: Bobby Portis (10 points), Pau Gasol (13 points), Aaron Brooks (14 points), Doug McDermott (17 points) and Jimmy Butler (26 points); Butler was 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point land.
The Hornets kept all-star point guard Derrick Rose in check Tuesday night. He scored four points, tallied five assists and grabbed two rebounds in 24 minutes.
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