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Wednesday, April 16th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls (48-33) at Charlotte Bobcats (42-39), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Two playoff-bound teams in the Eastern Conference still
have something to play for Wednesday night when the Chicago Bulls visit The
Time Warner Cable Arena to close out the regular season against the Charlotte
The Bulls can move to the third seed with a win on Wednesday night, coupled
with a Toronto Raptors loss. The Atlantic Division champs will play in Madison
Square Garden Wednesday versus the New York Knicks.
"Whoever we play, we're going to be a tough out," said Joakim Noah. "We're
hungry; we want this. We believe in one another. We believe in our system. It
feels great to be in this position right now, but we're definitely not
satisfied. We want more; we feel like we can do more."
Charlotte will be making only its second postseason appearance in franchise
history, but its positioning has yet to be determined. If the Bobcats beat the
Bulls and the Washington Wizards fall in Boston against the Celtics, Charlotte
would move to the sixth seed.
Last time out, the Bulls got back into the win column with a 108-95 victory at
home against the Orlando Magic. Chicago had a seven-game winning streak
snapped on Sunday versus the Knicks, but returned to its winning ways against
the lowly Magic.
Mike Dunleavy poured in 22 points while shooting 8-for-11 from the field to
lead the Bulls.
Noah tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Jimmer Fredette
added 17 points for the Bulls, who have won 10 of 12. Jimmy Butler contributed
12 points for Chicago, followed by Carlos Boozer and Tony Snell, who had 13
points apiece, with Boozer adding 12 boards and five assists.
"We just want to be playing our best basketball, which I think we're playing
pretty well. We want to go (into the playoffs) with a good momentum," Boozer
The Bobcats, whose only other playoff appearance came after the 2009-10
season, have won two in a row and seven of their last eight.
Chris Douglas-Roberts' floater at the buzzer lifted the Bobcats to a 95-93 win
over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Douglas-Roberts took an inbound feed from
Josh McRoberts at the top of the key, drove inside the paint and floated the
shot in as the buzzer sounded.
"Well that was the last option," Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford said of the
final play. "There were a couple of other options that they (Hawks) took away.
They did a good job. It was a good screen from Al (Jefferson), a good cut from
(Douglas-Roberts), and then Josh (McRoberts) is a very good inbounder. He made
a great shot to win the game."
Al Jefferson scored 27 points with 15 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped an
11-game losing streak to Atlanta. Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour contributed 17
and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who returned from a two-game absence with a groin
injury, scored just five points with seven assists on 1-for-9 shooting.
The Bulls won all three matchups this season with Charlotte and five in a row
in the series. Chicago has taken five straight and six of its last seven in
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