Bulls shaky start strong finish

The Hornets were without Chris Paul on Monday night due to a concussion he suffered in his last game, but that didn’t stop the rest of the team from showing up and wanting a win against the number two team the Chicago Bulls.

“He looked good this morning in the meeting,” New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams said. “He (Chris Paul) took that brace off his neck. He was watching film intently, as if he was playing the game. I know he’s in some pain. You don’t take a hit like that and not be in some pain, but people don’t realize how tough that kid is. I almost have to be the uncle, father, and brother, and just say, ‘Look, dude, you’re not playing tonight.'”

With Paul sitting on the sidelines that didn’t stop the Bulls from bringing their same intensity that they have been playing with against some of the best teams in the league.  Chicago started off the game looking a flat, Rose said after the game that it was tough in the beginning and they need to be more aggressive.  That is exactly what they did for the rest of the game.

The first half ended in a tie with both teams putting up 43 points.  The game stayed pretty close until their were six minutes left in the third when Boozer gets a hand on the ball and Taj Gibson falls to the ground for the loose ball and gets a pass to Rose who puts in an awkward layup/dunk.

“They had a chance to put us away and we held tough,” New Orleans’ forward David West said.

The Hornets would come back later in the game to tie it back up at 77 with three left to play.  Rose drove the lane but misses his layup, with three guys covering Rose, Noah is all alone getting the rebound and fighting through arms and fouls to put in the go ahead two points.

The Bulls would not look back from there, they went on a 8-0 run for the rest of the game ending the game at 85-77.  New Orleans missed their next four consecutive shots ending their tally at 77.

Rose had another good game putting up 24 points and dishing out 9 assists, Boozer was close to a double double scoring 19 and grabbing 9 boards. Bulls rookie watch; Omer Asik contributed to the win, he had eight rebounds in just 14 minutes Monday night he has 45 boards in his last six games, even earning him a MVP chant by the Chicago fans in the second quarter.

The Bulls have won 8 of their last 10 games, they will play in Charlotte Wednesday against the Bobcats at 6:oo on Comcast Sports Network.