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Hornets vs. Bulls recap: Chicago struggles on offense, falls to New Orleans 89-82

The Chicago Bulls struggled on the offensive end and lost their first game of the regular season on Saturday.

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The Bulls suffered their first loss of the season, 89-82, versus the New Orleans Hornets, after a dismal shooting performance on Saturday.

The Bulls shot 33.0 percent from the floor as a team, including 3-of-17 from three-point territory.

Nate Robinson cut the Hornets' lead to four on three different occasions late in the fourth quarter, the last time at 81-77 with 1:16 left in the game, but that's as close as Chicago would get. New Orleans led for the entire fourth quarter to secure the win.

The Bulls were led by Luol Deng, who had 19 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-15 shooting from the field.

The Hornets were without first overall pick Anthony Davis, as he was elbowed in the head by teammate Austin Rivers on Friday which kept him out versus Chicago.

Ryan Anderson started in place of Davis and had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

New Orleans improved to 2-1 on the season with the win.