Bobcats end skid with win over Bulls
CHICAGO- The Charlotte Bobcats will get something of a fresh start in 2013, after ending their 18-game NBA losing streak with a 91-81 New Year's Eve triumph over the Chicago Bulls.
Kemba Walker scored 18 points and Charlotte dominated the fourth quarter, when they out-scored the Bulls 26-16 to earn their first victory since a double-overtime triumph over the Washington Wizards on November 24.
The Bobcats notched their eighth victory of the season, meaning they surpassed their entire win total from their epically disastrous 7-59 campaign in 2011-2012.
Former Bull Ben Gordon scored six of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats also displayed determined defense, limiting the Bulls to 35.1 percent shooting from the floor.
The Bobcats ended their slide despite the absence of rookie standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who missed the game after his right cornea was scratched in a loss to New Orleans on Saturday.
Four Charlotte players scored 15 or more points as they avoided the dubious distinction of going all of December without a win.
"We knew we were better than this," said guard Gerald Henderson. "We started out 7-5. We never thought we'd see another 18-game losing streak."
Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bulls but made just 7- of-18 attempts from the floor.
Luol Deng delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds but couldn't prevent the Bulls from dropping their third decision in four games.
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