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New Orleans gets rolling to drill Chicago 115-90

CHICAGO (AP) -- Finally able to stretch their legs and run, the
New Orleans Hornets found a cure for their road woes against the
Chicago Bulls.

David Wesley scored a season-high 25 points and Jamal Mashburn
added 21 Tuesday night as the Hornets opened up their offense in a
115-90 victory over the Bulls.

''We just wanted to get out and run the ball,'' Mashburn said.
''We got into our transition game out there all night. We had a lot
of energy.''

So much energy they didn't even miss Baron Davis, who sat out
his second consecutive game with back spasms. It was only the third
road victory this season for the Hornets, who are 9-0 at home but
just 3-6 away from New Orleans.

''When you're running, you can get into a nice rhythm,'' Hornets
coach Paul Silas said. ''You saw that as Mash was fantastic and
Elden (Campbell) also had his shot there. When we get Baron back,
we can be a really good team.''

The Bulls, meanwhile, are nearing the desperation point. Hoping
to snap a six-game losing streak with their first game in the
United Center since Nov. 16, the Bulls instead got off to a slow
start and were careless with the ball all night.

Chicago shot 46 percent from the floor, had four players in
double figures and outrebounded New Orleans 40-37. But the Bulls
also had 20 turnovers, giving up a whopping 31 points on the
miscues.

New Orleans had just nine turnovers despite playing without
their primary ballhandler.

''I don't really have much to say other than I'm disappointed,''
Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. ''I'm disappointed with how we
started, I'm disappointed with our effort.''

And he's not the only one.

''I think I feel worse than I did last year,'' said Eddie
Robinson, who had just six points in 25 minutes. ''Because I know
we're talented enough not to go out this way.''

Despite their turnovers, the Bulls still were in the game midway
through the third. They'd outrebounded the Hornets in the first
half, had more points in the paint and more second-chance points.

But they got sloppy late in the third, and the Hornets needed
only three minutes to put the game away.

With 3:33 left in the third, Jay Williams made a layup to pull
Chicago to 69-65. But Mashburn, who was hot from outside all night,
hit a 17-footer to spark a 14-0 run.

''We just kind of felt it was time to make our move,'' Wesley
said.

The Bulls had no answer as the Hornets scored at will. Jamaal
Magloire contributed a pair of free throws and a tip shot, while
Stacey Augmon added two free throws and a 14-foot jumper. Mashburn
scored on a driving layup, and Wesley capped the run with a 15-foot
jumper to put the Hornets ahead 83-65.

The Bulls got off only one shot during the run and turned the
ball over six times. They never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.

All five New Orleans starters finished in double figures, and
Campbell added 10 points.

''We needed this pretty bad,'' Wesley said. ''We let one get
away from us in New York, so this was kind of a must-win for us.''

Campbell made a pair of free throws with 8:30 to play to give
the Hornets a 37-26 lead, their largest of the first half. But
Corie Blount scored on a tip-in to start a 14-3 Bulls run that
pulled them even with 2:35 left.

Jamal Crawford sparked the spurt, scoring all eight of his
first-half points during it, grabbing three rebounds and blocking a
shot. He capped the spurt with a thunderous dunk, tying the game at
40.

Mashburn then made two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws to
push New Orleans' lead to 50-44 at the half.

Game notes
Bulls rookie center Tyson Chandler played just eight minutes
because of a stiff back. ... Davis, who'd never missed a game in
his four-year career before sitting out Sunday night, hopes to play
Wednesday when the Hornets play host to Toronto. ... New Orleans had a
season-high point total for a Bulls opponent.

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