Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/5

Game 1: Wednesday, January 5th
Game 2: Friday, March 18th

Hornets 94

(15-49, 4-28 away)

Bulls 90

(32-31, 19-13 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, March 18, 2005

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 24 28 16 2694
    CHI 30 16 23 2190

    Top Performers

    NO: D. Dickau 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Chi: K. Hinrich 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast

    New Orleans wins fourth road game of season

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Jamaal Magloire's presence was exactly what the Hornets missed -- and needed.

    Magloire scored 17 points in his second game back from a long injury absence, and P.J. Brown added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a rare road win -- 94-90 over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

    "I think we were just more aggressive because of (Magloire). I think he got it going early in the first quarter. That's the one thing we missed all season long was that presence down there," said Hornets head coach Byron Scott.

    The Hornets improved to 4-28 on the road and won for the first time in 43 games this season when trailing going into the fourth quarter.

    For the second straight game, the Bulls played without leading scorer Eddy Curry (15.6 points per game). Curry sat on the bench in uniform. He has been out with a strained left hamstring.

    With Curry out, the Bulls scored only 10 points in the paint, their lowest output of the season.

    Kirk Hinrich, who was a gametime decision for Chicago with a sore left hamstring, scored 27 points and Tyson Chandler added 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.

    Hinrich gave the Bulls an 83-80 lead on a 3-pointer with 4:21 left, ending a 12-0 run, but the Hornets responded with a 10-2 run. Speedy Claxton found Magloire for an easy basket to give the Hornets 86-85 lead with 1:33 left, and the Hornets never trailed rest of the way.

    "I've been very conscious, my mindset coming into the game was just being active and trying to get as many rebounds as I could," Magloire said. "Everything clicked tonight. I felt good throughout the whole course of the game."

    Bostjan Nachbar hit two free throws to put the Hornets ahead 88-85 with 34.7 seconds left, and the Bulls lost any chance for a comeback when Dan Dickau made a steal on Chandler's ensuing inbounds play.

    "I was shocked that he got it. Dan's been making plays like that since he's been here. It was just a big time play," Brown said.

    The Bulls, in middle of their first playoff race since the 1997-98 season, are enduring their biggest slump since November. They have lost four in a row for the first time since starting the season 0-9.

    "We can't get our heads down, I think that was the problem making it four in a row. Guys just need to loosen up, don't get uptight," Chandler said.

    Magloire, who missed 51 games with a fractured right finger, also had seven rebounds in 35 minutes. Dan Dickau added 17 points for the Hornets and Claxton had 14 off the bench.

    "They outplayed us almost the whole game. When you have a hard time inbounding the ball late in a close game like that, when you are so casual going for one-handed rebounds, we got beat by a team that played better than us," said Bulls head coach Scott Skiles.

    Trailing 64-53 midway through the third quarter, the Bulls came back with a 10-0 run capped by back-to-back 3s by Gordon.

    Chandler gave Chicago a 71-68 lead on two free throw to start the fourth quarter, but the Hornets came right back. They scored 12 straight and took a 80-71 lead on Nachbar's 3. Brown scored seven straight for the Hornets during the span.

    Game notes

    Bulls forward Luol Deng is listed as day-to-day. He has missed nine games with a sprained right ankle and is currently on the injured list. ... The Bulls blocked 12 shots.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 90
    FGM-FGA 35-90 (.389) 26-69 (.377)
    3PM-3PA 1-13 (.077) 11-23 (.478)
    FTM-FTA 23-34 (.676) 27-34 (.794)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-45 11-47
    Assists 21 19
    Turnovers 10 21
    Steals 6 2
    Blocks 5 12
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 25 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 12 9

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Dan Dickau Dickau
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0