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article imageNBA: Bulls take care of Bobcats as Michael Jordan sits courtside

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 16, 2011 in Sports
Chicago - Former Bulls great Michael Jordan sat courtside to watch his former team the Chicago Bulls take on his current team the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats were leading the season series 2-0 before they meet up last night.
The Chicago Bulls (37-16) hosted the Charlotte Bobcats (24-32) for the second time this year and after losing the first meeting at home 83-82, the Bulls did not let this one end that close. The Bulls pulled off a 106-94 victory as they stay number three in the Eastern Conference standing.
Two of the greatest Bulls in franchise history sat courtside in Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen watching the team they made dominant take on the team that Jordan now owns.
The Bulls pulled off to a 17-11 lead in the first quarter forcing the Bobcats to take their first timeout of the game. The Bobcats got it down to five with 1:32 left in the period, but could not get any closer the rest of the quarter. The Bulls finished the quarter with a seven point lead, 29-23.
The Bulls went on a 9-4 run to open the second quarter, but the Bobcats bounced back getting the lead down to two forcing the Bulls to call a full timeout. After the timeout the Bobcats tied it up at 39 in a seesaw battle that had three lead changes in the quarter. The Bulls then took back over with 10-3 run to close out the quarter giving them a ten point lead going into half time.
Luol Deng and Derrick Rose both said they loved playing in front of Jordan and Pippen, and both of them showed it with big games. Deng had a team and game high with 24 points, and Rose put up 18 points while dishing out 13 assists. Carlos Boozer gave them a 16 points and 9 rebounds giving the Bulls the boost they needed on the boards out rebounding the Bobcat 38-36.
The bench came up with some big points as well with Kyle Korver going 5-5 from the field with 3-3 from the 3-point line and 2-2 from the free-throw line for 15 points in just 15 minutes. Taj Gibson had 11 points off the bench as well making 7 of his 10 free-throws.
Gerald Henderson had another big game for the Bobcats leading the team in scoring off the bench with 22 points. Stephen Jackson had 20 points and six assists as Boris Diaw chipped in with 18 points. Shaun Livingston had 13 points of the bench as well to go along with four assists.
The Bobcats opened the third quarter going on a 15-5 run to tie the game at 57 forcing the Bulls to call a timeout. The Bulls came out the timeout to take the lead on a Rose three point play. The Bulls then rolled getting the lead back up to ten with a 14-6 run at the 2:19 mark. Henderson went to the free-throw line twice and knocked down all four as he tried to get the Bobcats back in it. The Bobcats cut the ten point lead in half to end the period.
The Bulls did not let up in the fourth quarter pushing the lead back up to ten with a 10-3 run. The Bulls never let them get closer than five points the rest of the game as Korver and Rose closed out the game for them. Korver hit to big three’s in the period and Rose got to the line and shot two free-throws to make it a 105-90 lead with a minute left in the game.
Korver put the game out of reach and Rose just put the icing on the cake, handing the Bobcats a big loss after a big win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 14.
This was the last game for the Bobcats before the All-Star break. The Bulls will host the NBA leading San Antonio Spurs on Feb.17.
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