Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Friday, November 1st
Game 2: Friday, November 15th
Game 3: Tuesday, December 3rd
Game 4: Friday, January 17th

Hornets 79

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Bulls 84

(2-0, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2002

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 17 22 17 2379
    CHI 18 24 19 2384

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: J. Mashburn 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast

    Chicago: D. Marshall 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Rose helps Bulls to best start since 1996-97

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Bulls are doing something Chicago hasn't seen in a long time.

    Donyell Marshall

    Jalen Rose

    Jalen Rose scored 21 and Donyell Marshall added 15 points and 12 rebounds Friday night to give the Bulls an 84-79 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. They're now 2-0 for the first time since 1996-97.

    "It's important to get off to a good start just because there's been so much negativity surrounding our team the last few years,'' said Rose, who scored three points in the last 1:27 to halt a last-ditch Hornets run.

    "We're just trying to change the attitude around. Hopefully this is a start.''

    It's certainly better than where the Bulls have been. They hadn't been above .500 since the 1997-98 season, before the rebuilding project began.

    And while it's too early to start making plans for the playoffs, give the Bulls some credit. These first two victories came against Boston, an Eastern Conference finalist, and New Orleans, which is expected to make the playoffs this year.

    "A lot of people are writing us off, saying we're a fluke,'' Marshall said. "To ourselves, we're for real.''

    The Bulls still have a lot to learn, though. After blowing a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead, they had to sweat out the last 3½ minutes as New Orleans made three 3-pointers to pull to 83-79 with seven seconds left.

    "I kind of sensed we were in a position this team hasn't been in before,'' Rose said. "There haven't been that many games where we're up by that many points and the starters are icing their knees with five, six minutes left.

    "The Hornets sensed that and knocked down a couple 3-pointers to make it close,'' he added. "But we were in control the entire way.''

    Fouled by Wesley, Jamal Crawford made the first free throw with four seconds left and then missed the second. The Bulls got the rebound and ran out the clock.

    "We didn't really do anything defensively until the fourth quarter, and then it was too late,'' said Wesley, who had 19 points. "When you're playing a young team like this, you can't let them get comfortable like we did. We did, and that's how they beat us.''

    Jamal Mashburn led the Hornets with 21 points, while Davis added 14.

    "Historically, we have come in here and not played well, but still been able to win,'' Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "Tonight it just caught up with us.''

    The Bulls are still making the types of mistakes that come with being the one of the league's youngest teams. They had 22 turnovers, which New Orleans turned into 23 points, and were sloppy with the ball late in the fourth quarter.

    But what they lack in polish, they make up for with energy. They were diving for loose balls, making slick passes and working the offense until they found an open shot.

    And they're certainly more lively than they've been the past few years. When Jay Williams wasn't on the floor, he was acting as head cheerleader, waving his arms and encouraging the crowd to cheer. When the Bulls forced a turnover midway through the fourth, Tyson Chandler jumped off the bench as if he had springs on his shoes.

    The crowd responded, making the United Center sound almost like it used to. Of course, after four years of growing pains, the Bulls are finally giving them something good to watch.

    "We understand we're not going to be world-beaters every night,'' Rose said. "We just want guys to compete hard every night and get better.''

    And Rose is leading the way. After the Hornets chipped a six-point lead to 44-43 on Wesley's 21-footer with 9:41 left in the third, Rose took control of the game. He hit a fallaway jumper to spark an 11-2 run that gave Chicago a 55-45 lead with 5:08 left in the third. The Bulls never trailed after that.

    Game notes

    After starting the game 5-for-5, Marshall finished 7-for-11. ... Bulls second-year center Eddy Curry still doesn't have a rebound after two games. ... Silas was called for a technical in the first quarter. ... P.J. Brown was called for a flagrant foul for dragging Chandler down from behind.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 84
    FGM-FGA 30-78 (.385) 33-70 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 3-7 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 15-24 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-39 12-41
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 16 22
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/1) 25 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 15
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1