Hinrich scores 26 points, Bulls beat Hornets
CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-96 in an exhibition game Sunday night.
Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bulls win their fourth straight game.
The Bulls led by 18 and entered the fourth up 83-70, but Charlotte rallied to cut it to one with 1:30 left on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s three-point play. Derrick Rose answered with a jumper and, after the teams traded misses, Charlotte’s Gary Neal missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.
Rose had 17 points in almost 28 minutes and saw his first action in the fourth quarter as he comes back from a right knee injury 10 games into last season.
Lance Stephenson and Kidd-Gilchrist led the Hornets with 14 points. Stephenson returned to the Charlotte lineup after missing a game because of a strain right groin.