Bulls pummel Bobcats

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Updated: February 23, 2013

Taj Gibson scored 17 points off the bench as
the Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 105-75, on Friday at Time
Warner Cable Arena.

Gibson, one of eight Bulls to score in double-digits, was 8-of-11 from the
field for Chicago, which came into the game off a loss against Miami on
Thursday.

Luol Deng had 14 points and five rebounds, while Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler
and Marco Belinelli scored 12 points apiece. Carlos Boozer recorded a double-
double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“We liked the way were able to bounce back after a bad loss,” said Gibson.
“Last year we wouldn’t allow ourselves to lose two straight games. We need
that same mindset.”

Kemba Walker had a game-high 27 points for the Bobcats, who lost their second
straight and 10 of their past 12 games. Walker was 9-of-17 from the field,
including 4-of-6 from behind the arc.

“Those guys just know where they are supposed to be,” said Walker. “They help
really well. They do their coverages really well. They are a really good
defensive team. They communicate, they move. They play really good defense.”

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Bismack Biyombo
recorded seven points and 12 rebounds.

Leading 24-15 after the first quarter, the Bulls went on a 16-4 run in the
first 4 1/2 minutes of the second to take a 40-19 lead. Chicago remained in
control for the rest of the game.

Charlotte tried to come back and was able to cut the deficit to 51-37 by the
end of the half.

However, it was the closest the Bobcats were able to get.

Chicago extended its lead even to 22, 73-51 with 2:44 remaining in the third
quarter, before a 3-pointer and a three-point play by Walker put the Bobcats
within 73-57, with 1:23 to go.

A pair of free throws by Joakim Noah and a 3-pointer by Deng with seconds left
gave the Bulls a 78-57 lead into the fourth.

With a commanding lead, all of Chicago’s starters, except for Noah, were out
of the game in the fourth. Chicago, though, still outscored Charlotte 27-18 in
the frame.

Game Notes

Chicago has won five of their six past games against Charlotte … Charlotte’s
three highest-paid players — Ben Gordon, Tyrus Thomas and Gana Diop — and
Josh McRoberts, who was acquired in a trade from Orlando on Thursday, did not
play … Michael Jordan, Bobcats’ owner and former Bulls star, sat at the end
of the Charlotte bench, but left with about three minutes left in the
first half and did not return.