Chi 26 21 27 22 96
NOH 21 22 25 19 87
Date of game: 2/19/2013

Recap: New Orleans vs. Chicago

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - With or without Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls will continue to rely on their tenacious defense.

Fresh off their All-Star appearances, Luol Deng netted 20 points, while Joakim Noah added 15 points and 17 rebounds in the Bulls' 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

The Bulls originally hoped that their star point guard, Rose, who tore his ACL in the first round of last year's playoffs in April, would return after the All-Star break. But reports last week stated that he was far away from returning and may not even come back this season.

Chicago, meanwhile, has remained in the playoff hunt without Rose. Currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference at 31-22, the Bulls came into the tilt holding their opponents to 43.3 percent shooting, which is third best in the NBA.

New Orleans shot 41.7 percent (35-of-84) from the floor Tuesday.

"The defense was solid," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Joakim was everywhere, multiple effort plays."

The Bulls had dropped four of their last five contests heading into the break.

Eric Gordon poured in 20 points to lead the Hornets, who had won four of their past five games.

Anthony Davis' dunk pulled the hosts within 84-79 midway through the fourth, but Chicago countered with an 8-3 flurry to open up a double-digit advantage. Noah had a pair of buckets during the swing as the Bulls went up 92-82 with 2:53 left.

Greivis Vasquez got his layup to go and Gordon nailed a 3-pointer to get the Hornets back within 92-87, but Deng's jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 ticks to play essentially sealed the outcome.

"We just couldn't really punish them back. That's a physical team. Their big guys played extremely physical," Vasquez said.

Chicago took a 26-21 lead after a quarter of play, headed into the locker room with a 47-43 edge and held a 74-68 cushion going into the final stanza.

Game Notes

New Orleans committed just six turnovers through the first three frames, but gave the ball away eight times in the fourth ... Carlos Boozer finished with 17 points and 10 boards for Chicago.

VMI set for Wachenheim's first season

Virginia Military Institute's football program will visit Ball State in new coach Scott Wachenheim's first game and play six times at home during an 11-game 2015 schedule.

NASCAR News
Elliott, Scott among those inducted into NASCAR HofF

Bill Elliott, a former Sprint Cup Series champion, and Wendell Scott, the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's premier racing circuit, were among the sixth five-member class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Extra Points: State of denial

It didn't take Nostradamus to predict what was going to happen Friday when Roger Goodell finally met the media for his annual state of the league address two days prior to Super Bowl XLIX.

Pens D Ehrhoff out vs. Devils

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will not be in action on Friday against the New Jersey Devils as he is undergoing tests for a possible concussion.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.