CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D.J. Augustin says he has no hard feelings when it comes to the Charlotte Bobcats — even though they let him walk in free agency after the 2012 season.
"Just a business," Augustin said with a smile.
He sure took care of business Saturday night.
Augustin played like a man with something prove, breaking open a close game by scoring 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls hold off the Charlotte Bobcats 89-87 and get back above .500.
The Bulls (22-21) have won 10 of their last 13 games.
Augustin hit 4 of 5 shots from the field in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers.
It was the third time in the last four games Augustin has scored at least 27 points.
Augustin was drafted by the Bobcats in 2008 and spent four seasons in Charlotte before the Bobcats decided to go with Kemba Walker as their starting point guard.
"It's always fun playing against your old team," Augustin said. "I'm with the Bulls now and that is all that matters."
Augustin spent time with Indiana and Toronto last season before joining the Bulls this past offseason.
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau called the 6-foot Augustin a "huge pickup."
"We had a need and he had a need as well," Thibodeau said. "It was good for him and it's been great for us and he's played better and better. He was ready when this opportunity came around. It's not only his individual performance, but what he's doing for our team."
Joakim Noah added 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Bulls, who have won 10 of their last 11 against the Bobcats. Taj Gibson had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Mike Dunleavy had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Al Jefferson continued his hot play for the Bobcats (19-27) with 32 points and 13 rebounds. It was his ninth straight 20-point game.
"Nobody is playing better than Al over the last eight or nine games," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said.
Jefferson said the discomfort from the ankle he sprained in the preseason is starting to subside.
"At the beginning of the season I wasn't healthy," Jefferson said. "My ankle is feeling really good and I'm not surprised how I'm playing. I know I can play at a very high level when I'm 100 percent."
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