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Game 28: Bulls 90, Hornets 67

9 Feb 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Luol Deng: 9 points (.450 TS%), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, +27 plus/minus
2. Joakim Noah: 13 points (.825 TS%), 10 rebounds (5 off.), +20 plus/minus
3. Ronnie Brewer: 5 points (.232 TS%), 4 assists, 4 steals, +27 plus/minus

Chris Paul isn’t walking through that door. Nor is David West or Tyson Chandler or Peja Stojakovic.

The exciting, up-and-coming Hornets of 2007-08 are long gone, and left in their wake is a mishmash of role players that might be, with Eric Gordon sidelined by injury, the least talented team in the NBA.

No surprise, then, that they were beaten severely about the head and shoulders Wednesday night by one of the league’s best teams. They needed a 3-pointer just before the final horn to avoid scoring the fewest points in the franchise’s 24-year history.

Derrick Rose played only 22 minutes, moving as stiffly as you’d expect for a man with a back injury, but the Bulls compensated well for his limitations and simply locked down the Hornets on defense. Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah, Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson — take a bow, men.

Box Score

Record: 22-6, first in the Eastern Conference
Next: Friday 2/10 at Charlotte, 6:00 CT

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