Chicago Bulls

Bulls lose to Charlotte — and lose their cool while falling below .500

Dwyane Wade missed the Bulls’ Friday morning shootaround with a migraine.

By nightfall, his teammates would be sharing in the pain.

A brutal second quarter spelled doom for the Bulls as they fell below .500 for the first time this season after a 103-91 loss to the Hornets dropped them to 14-15.

Jimmy Butler scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting, and Nikola Mirotic had 10 rebounds, but the reality is that no Bull played all that well.

They did go down fighting, sort of.

With the Bulls trailing 98-89 with 38 seconds to play, the Hornets’ Marvin Williams approached center Robin Lopez to set a screen. Lopez responded with not just one elbow, but two — clearing out both Williams and Cody Zeller.

“It was pretty contentious,” Lopez said afterward. “Basketball is a passionate game. I play with passion.”

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