By Joseph Phillips
The Chicago Bulls scored a season low 73 points, in a 83-73 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night (Dec. 13) at the UC.
In addition to a season low 73 points, the Bulls as a team shot a bismal 30-percent from the field and missed 63 shots.
“I looked up at the score board and said (oh snap), it was a low scoring game,” said Thaddeus Young, forward of the Chicago Bulls about his team’s lack of offensive production on the floor. “It was two team’s trying to battle it out.”
Young, along with his teammates who struggled from the field, said the Hornets eventually got the best of them in the fourth quarter after making several key shots down the stretch.
The Hornets were led by the hot shooting of guard Devonte’ Graham, who in 37 minutes, scored a game high 16 points on 4 of 14 shooting from the field. Graham also made a huge three-pointer with 4 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, stretching the lead to eight at 72-64.
The Hornets would run off 11 points from that point on, to put the game away for good at 83-73.
The lone bright spot for the Bulls came in the likes and effort of rookie power forward Daniel Gafford, who earned a season high six blocks in Friday night’s game. The most by any rookie this season.
And after a superb 35 point performance on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, guard Zach Lavine managed to only score 12 against the Hornets, tying his teammate Ryan Arcidiacono for team leading scorer.
Final Score: Hornets 83, Bulls 73.
With the loss, the Bulls fell to 9-18 on the season.
Chicago Crusader Players of The Game:
Devonte’ Graham, Hornets, game high 16 points.
Daniel Gafford, Bulls, six blocks.
Joseph Phillips is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 15 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].