CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, Nicolas Batum added 18 and the Charlotte Hornets cruised to their first victory of the season, 130-105 over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
The Hornets (1-3) led by as many as 27 in the second quarter after starting the game by hitting 13 of 18 shots from the field and all 11 foul shots in the first quarter. The Bulls never mounted a serious challenge.
The Hornets were coming off back-to-back losses to the Atlanta Hawks, games in which Kemba Walker failed to make the tying shot at the end of regulation.
They didn’t need a last-second shot on Tuesday night. Everything seemed to be falling for the Hornets.
Even the team mascot, wearing a thick Hornets costume, made an over-the-shoulder shot from midcourt during a break in the action in the fourth quarter to the delight of the home crowd.
With team owner Michael Jordan sitting on the end of the team bench, the Hornets tailed 100 points in the first three quarters, the most points allowed during that span by the Bulls since 1990.
Charlotte did it with good ball movement and quality shooting from everyone, including 7-footers Hawes and Frank Kaminsky, who were a combined 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. The Hornets played near flawless ball on offense and the Bulls were slow to get a hand up on open shooters. Charlotte made them pay, knocking down shot after shot from long distance.
Bulls: The Bulls committed 13 turnovers that led to Charlotte 20 points. … Pau Gasol had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Hornets: Cody Zeller needed eight stitches on his forehead after catching an elbow from Joakim Noah on a rebound, but did return. … Walker moved into a tie for fourth place on 3-point field goals made in Hornets history.