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Bobcats win! Bobcats win! Losing streak ends at 18.

Dec 31, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague AP

The Charlotte Bobcats had lost 18 games in a row.

Until they met the Chicago Bulls on New Year’s Eve.

The Bulls played like they were thinking about where they were going to be at midnight — or like they started the party the night before — and the Bobcats played like a team that didn’t want to lose 19 in a row.

Charlotte opened the fourth quarter of a tied game with a 10-0 run and held on to beat Chicago 91-81. That is eight wins on the season for Charlotte. It snaps the Bobcats losing streak and gives Chicago a new low point for the season.

This was all about the Bobcats backcourt outplaying a Bulls backcourt (the one that still awaits Derrick Rose). Kemba Walker had a team-high 18 points, Gerald Henderson added 16, and both Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon each had 15 points. The Bobcats backcourt had 63 points, the Bulls just 28.

Usually the Bulls try to make that up in the paint, but Joakim Noah might as well have stayed home. He moved at the speed of a three-toed sloth and had two points, four rebounds and two assists for the game.

But it wasn’t just Noah, the Bulls bad offense was a team effort — Chicago shot 35.1 percent for the game and was 4-of-16 from three. In the end, the Bulls had an offensive rating of 82.7 points per 100 possessions, which is just epically poor. They were good on defense but the rules of the game still dictate that you have to score to win. The Bulls didn’t bother.

Charlotte got their win without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is out with an eye injury.

It’s just one game of 82, it doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know — that the Bulls struggle without Derrick Rose in the lineup. And the Bobcats still have some NBA players on the roster that can get it done if they need to.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I’m as big of a bulls fan as anybody, but this team just doesn’t have it in them to compete night in and night out. It’s admirable that they are doing as well as they have, but they’re running out of gas. Thibs is riding Noah and Deng hard and they’re getting worn out. I think from this point until Rose is back to a meaningful point, they are going to struggle. Sucks, but a better draft pick might not be a bad thing at this point.

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      ^Diehard bulls fan here, and completely agree, and plus don’t the Bulls already have the Bobcats 1st round draft pick because of Tyrus Thomas?

      • lmoneyfresh - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        It’s top-12 protected this year, going down 2 spots until 2016 when it will be unprotected. They need to amnesty Booz, bring over Mirotic and hope they get a good pick in a few years.

  2. dadawg77 - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Bulls fan, and one thing about day games is they are usually a little more sloppy then night games because the players body clocks are set to peak at night.

  3. haterhurter937 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    not a bulls fan. lol at them.

  4. dacapt704 - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    YES! Finally.. *wipes brow*

    Hey, dont judge me..we need something to cheer for here in Charlotte! LOL

  5. rodyaugu - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    The bulls should’ve demand a rematch right after the game.

  6. kavika6 - Jan 1, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Proves the point about how weak the eastern conference is.

  7. abchome - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Thought Clippers’ streak would end before Bobcats’…

  8. lemfaxx - Jan 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Happy Bobcats!

  9. kanemoney - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Poor MJ… Best player of all time … One of the worst owner of all time…

    How many draft picks do they need before they can be relevant

  10. MyTeamsAllStink - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Can’t wait for them to be rightfully named the Hornets again.

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