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
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
"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
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
"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.
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.