Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Saturday, December 1st
Bobcats95Final
Bulls111
Game 2: Wednesday, December 5th
Bulls91Final
Bobcats82
Game 3: Wednesday, January 2nd
Bulls109Final
Bobcats97
Game 4: Friday, January 25th
Bobcats90Final
Bulls77

Bobcats 90

(17-26, 3-13 away)

Bulls 77

(17-25, 9-12 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    7:30 PM ET, January 25, 2008

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 20 25 21 2490
    CHI 14 20 25 1877

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: E. Okafor 21 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    Chicago: A. Nocioni 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Bobcats turn it on, bury injury-riddled Bulls

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gerald Wallace, Emeka Okafor and the Bobcats took advantage of what Chicago was missing.

    Okafor scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds and Wallace added 21 points to help Charlotte beat the injury-depleted Bulls 90-77 on Friday night.

    Chicago played without its top two scorers, Ben Gordon (wrist) and Luol Deng (Achilles' tendinitis).

    "They kind of struggled on the offensive end without those two key guys," said Wallace. "We tried to get them out of what they wanted to do and make it hard for them to run their offense without their key guys."

    Charlotte held the Bulls to 37 percent shooting.

    The Bobcats used a 15-4 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away. Leading 68-64, Okafor started the run for Charlotte with a three-point play and Wallace extended the lead to 83-68 on a jumper. Okafor shot 10-for-13 and blocked four shots, including a highlight block on rookie Joakim Noah in the first half.

    The Bobcats won for just the third time on the road this season.

    "They have been few and far between," Okafor said. "It feels good. We just had to come in and snag us one."

    Andres Nocioni scored 25 points for the Bulls, who have lost five of their last eight games.

    Interim head coach Jim Boylan questioned the motivation of the Bulls after the game.

    "Our inconsistency showed again. It is difficult to understand why we have problems motivating ourselves. I know we are missing two of our main scorers. We should be able to step up and fill those voids with the guys we have," said Boylan.

    Kirk Hinrich finished with 14 points and eight assists, but struggled with his shot. He was 6-of-16 shooting.

    "I think it's a culmination of frustration. For whatever reason it kind of got the better of us right now. We were short-handed tonight, but at the same time we're a professional team. We have to go out there and just play better. Defensively, so inconsistent all year," Hinrich said.

    Wallace's layup broke a 14-all tie and started an 11-0 Charlotte run late in the first quarter. Jeff McInnis' runner gave them a 25-14 lead early in the second quarter and the Bobcats led the rest of the way.

    The Bobcats led 45-34 at the half. Okafor had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the half and Wallace added 10 points.

    Matt Carroll scored 12 points and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range for the Bobcats. Nazr Mohammed added 11 points.

    Thabo Sefolosha scored 13 points for Chicago on 6-of-16 shooting.

    Gordon was injured Monday during a 104-90 loss at Memphis. He hopes to play Sunday against the Phoenix Suns. Deng, second on the team at 17.9 points per game, is expected to miss one to three weeks.

    Game notes


    Okafor had his third consecutive double-double. ... Bulls G Chris Duhon played after missing two games with a sprained knee. ... The Bulls sold out for the 70th consecutive time.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHA
    CHI
    Points 90 77
    FGM-FGA 36-73 (.493) 30-81 (.370)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 4-18 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 14-21 (.667) 13-22 (.591)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-19 8-22
    Assists 26 17
    Turnovers 18 12
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 8 8
    Fast Break Points 4 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 2

    Top Performers

    Charlotte
    Chicago
    Emeka Okafor Okafor
    Points: 21
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Andres Nocioni Nocioni
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2