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2/13/02

Hornets cruise after leading by 40 vs. Bulls

Hornets cruise after leading by 40 vs. Bulls



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Even though two more starters went down with injuries, Chicago Bulls coach Bill Cartwright wasn't making excuses.

Lee Nailon scored 24 points and the Charlotte Hornets led the Bulls by as many as 40 in a 113-91 victory Wednesday night.

"We weren't ready to play and we didn't establish ourselves defensively," Cartwright said. "We didn't share the ball. I won't call it being selfish, I'll call it trying to do too much."

The Bulls played the second half without starters Eddie Robinson and Brad Miller. Robinson scored 14 points in the first half before suffering a strained groin. Miller bruised his left calf.

"Brad is day-to-day. With Eddie it may be a while before we get him back," Cartwright said.

Chicago was already without injured players Ron Mercer, Charles Oakley and Greg Anthony.

Baron Davis added 18 points and 12 assists and Jamaal Magloire had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Hornets snapped a three-game home losing streak.

A.J. Guyton scored 19 points and Ron Artest added 10 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Bulls, who had beaten the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee in their last two games, but fell to 3-23 on the road. The Hornets shot 55 percent for the game and outrebounded the Bulls 48-40.

"It was a good way to start the second half of the season," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "I thought they would present a much bigger problem for us. They played the night before and were probably tired."

Leading 43-37, the Hornets went on an 18-4 run to take a 20-point lead before settling for a 61-43 cushion at halftime. Stacey Augmon scored eight points and the Bulls committed four turnovers during the spurt. With Robinson and Miller out in the second half, the Hornets poured it on.

Robert Traylor's alley-oop dunk from Davis at the buzzer gave Charlotte a 93-60 lead after three quarters. The lead ballooned to 40 in the final period as the Hornets improved to 3-0 against the Bulls this season and 10-2 in the past 12 meetings since 1998.

"It was cool, we were sharing the ball tonight," said Davis, who recorded his 21st double-double of the season. "Everyone got involved and it all worked out."

Charlotte led 32-28 after the first quarter, most remembered for a technical foul on the Bulls for having six players on the floor. Artest appeared to be unsure if he was supposed to be in the game or not, then tried to casually walk off the court as Hornets' players screamed at the officials. Nailon hit the technical free throw.

"That was a horrible game," Artest said. "I wanted to take the game over, because no one on the floor could stop me. That's why I was so frustrated out there."

Game notes
Silas said the Hornets will likely stick with 11 players on their roster until Jamal Mashburn returns Monday from an abdominal injury. The Hornets placed reserve Matt Bullard on the injured list Wednesday with back spasms. ... Silas said he's resisting bringing back Mashburn earlier. "We're doing it by the book," Silas said. Cartwright said he's received e-mails from Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf saying he's doing a good job, but having the interim tag removed from his title hasn't been mentioned. "I'm not concerned about that," Cartwright said.

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