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Chicago Bulls have new ‘worst loss of the season’, score 73 points in home clunker versus the Charlotte Hornets

Man, the Bulls were brutal tonight

Charlotte Hornets v Chicago Bulls Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

We have a new worst loss of the season.

Tonight against the Charlotte Hornets 25th ranked defense (by defensive rating), the Bulls shot 30 percent and scored the lowest points for an NBA team this season, 73, in a 83-73 loss to Michael Jordan’s franchise. The Bulls leading scorers were Zach LaVine and Ryan Arcidiacono with 12 points apiece and everyone on the team except Arcidiacono and rookie Daniel Gafford shot under 50 percent from the field.

Head coach Jim Boylen decided to bench Lauri Markkanen for nearly 15 straight minutes in the second half, which is a tactic that Boylen didn’t have much of an rationale for post-game. He did immediately go into ‘positives’ in this horrific performance though, citing his pride in the defense.

The United Center crowd showed their appreciation for the Bulls effort with a chorus of boos as this one wound down.

On the Hornets side, nobody on the Hornets dominated, it was more of a team effort. All five starters scored in double digits, but they still shot a pretty bad 38 percent from the field.

Nonetheless, the Hornets are sort of on a roll. They’ve now won three in a row and are 2.5 games over the Bulls at 9th in the East. But, they still aren’t a good team, they are young and rebuilding like the Bulls continually excuse themselves.

The Bulls were at home and coming off a potentially momentum-building win against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. But as we’ve seen all season, there’s nothing ever resembling ‘momentum’ with this group. They now have twice as many losses as wins (9-18) after talking playoffs before the season began.

All around unacceptable for a team that is cashing in a new ‘worst loss of the season’ every single week.

The Bulls welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to the United Center tonight with both teams on a back-to-back. They’ll attempt their first win of the season against a team over .500. We are 27 games in.