Charlotte Hornets Fall to Chicago Bulls in Heartbreaker at Home

Nov 23, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) intercepts a late inbounds pass to Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) during the second half at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls traveled to Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 23 to face the Charlotte Hornets. Chicago came into this game at 5-11 and Charlotte at 6-10. The Bulls came into the game fresh off of a loss to Miami on Friday night and outscored the Hornets in the first quarter of Saturday’s game, 34-23, with Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White putting up 16 of those points.

Charlotte, who won their Friday night game against the Wizards, had many players connecting with the basket in the first quarter and outplayed Chicago by four points in the second quarter, but the Bulls had a seven-point lead going into halftime.

Charlotte came alive in the third quarter and seemed to hit bucket after bucket. After not leading the game since early in the first quarter (and even then, the lead was only 2-0), the Hornets took the lead from the Bulls with just two minutes left in the third quarter after Marvin Williams hit a five-foot two-point shot, giving the Hornets the 69-68 lead. The Hornets kept the lead for the rest of the quarter with Cody Zeller, Terry Rozier, and Bismack Biyombo as important factors in the Hornets offense.

The Hornets kept their foot on the gas for the whole fourth quarter and kept the lead over the Bulls until the final second of the game when Zach LaVine made the game-winning, 26-foot three-point jump shot to take the one-point lead over the Hornets, clinching the stunning win for Chicago.

LaVine was instrumental in Chicago’s resurgence in the fourth quarter and made 27 of the 47 points scored in the last quarter, hitting every three-point shot he took, including the final shot. White also added 12 points to the score in the last quarter.

The last time the two teams met, the Hornets broke a team three-point record, scoring 21 of them. On Saturday night, the Bulls broke their franchise three-point record with 22 shots from beyond the paint put through the net. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 28 points.

LaVine and White combined for 77 of the Bulls’ 116 total points while Wendell Carter, Jr. added 17 points to the total.

It was a heartbreaker in Charlotte in the last 10 seconds, so the Hornets will try to make the rebound on Monday night in Miami when they face the Heat. The Bulls will return to Chicago to face the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night, as well.

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