8:00 PM ET, November 18, 2013
United Center, Chicago, IL
Now that the Chicago Bulls have Derrick Rose back they will try to remain perfect at home and keep the Charlotte Bobcats from matching their longest road victory streak in franchise history.
After capturing a win over previously unbeaten Indiana Pacers, Rose also hopes to to lead Chicago to their fifth consecutive win tonight.
Rose was dealing with an injured hamstring before Saturday’s visit from the perfect Indiana team and not sure if he was going to play. Not only was the 25 year-old on the court, he also scored a season-best 20 points and matched a career high with six 3-pointers in a 110-94 win.
Luol Deng had a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds as Chicago improved to 4-0 at home. While trying to add to that mark, the Bulls (5-3) will try for their longest win streak since taking eight in a row Feb. 20-March 7, 2012.
Chicago has won seven of eight versus Charlotte but split their two home NBA games last season. The Bobcats (5-5) won 91-81 in Chicago on Dec. 31 but fell 93-85 on Jan. 28 while finishing a league-worst 6-35 away from home in 2012-13.
Charlotte is currently halfway to matching that win total with their current streak, their longest since a four-game run Jan. 18-28, 2011. The franchise also won four straight road games March 26-April 4, 2008, and Feb. 25-March 7, 2009.
The Bobcats were denied a third straight overall win Saturday with a 97-81 defeat versus the Miami Heat. Charlotte shot a season-low 34.9 percent and couldn’t hold an opponent under 85 points for a third straight game.
Jeffery Taylor reached double figures for the sixth time in seven games, but he has a combined 13 points in three games versus Chicago. Kemba Walker averaged a team-best 21.0 points and made 7 of 15 shots from 3-point range in last season’s series.
Deng is averaging 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in his last four home games versus the Bobcats. Because of the point guard’s lengthy absence due to a knee injury, Rose hasn’t faced Charlotte since March 9, 2011.
However, Rose has averaged 23.6 points and 7.0 assists in his last seven games versus Charlotte.