Well that was a doozy, wasn't it? The Bulls went up by 19 points early in the second quarter, only to lay an epic turd for the majority of the second half and falling behind by 18 points before making a classic late charge and losing, 101-91.
It looked like the Bulls were going to run away with a victory early on when they made literally almost every three-pointer in the first quarter. The Bulls, led by Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks, went 7-of-8 from three en route to a 35-point first quarter and a 16-point lead.
That lead grew to 19 before the Hornets began to reel the Bulls back in thanks to free throws and offensive rebounding. The Hornets racked up 10 second chance points in the second quarter and shot 17 free throws in the frame, making 14 of them. The Bulls continued to shoot the three well, going 4-of-6, but they only went 3-of-17 on twos and took an eight-point lead into halftime.
The second half was just stupid. The Bulls scored 10 points in the third quarter and fell behind by 18 points in the fourth quarter, only to make one of their patented late charges that fell just short and helped Pau Gasol rack up 36 minutes.
The Bulls wound up shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and went 4-of-18 from three in the second half. They were outrebounded 55-36 despite Joakim Noah being back in the lineup and both Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller being out.
If you're looking for a positive, Doug McDermott had 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 22 minutes, although the Bulls were a minus with him on the floor. Brooks had 24 points to lead the Bulls, but only 12 points came after the first quarter. Kirk Hinrich and E'Twaun Moore somehow managed to go a combined 0-of-10, and the Craptain racked up four fouls in 14 minutes.
And now the Bulls get to play yet another early Sunday game, this one coming in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. At least Kevin Durant won't be back.