CHICAGO -- Even after trading top scorer Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers this week and losing former MVP Derrick Rose to a knee injury in November, the Chicago Bulls haven't given in to playing with a short-handed lineup.
"To me, it's more than winning and losing games," Noah said. "I'm just proud of the way we've been fighting; the resiliency of this team so far. I think we can still get better, we can keep improving."
"The trade definitely hurt," Noah said. "A lot of people say this is a business and all that. This game is more than a business to me. I put everything I've got into this. I feel like Lu was the same way. It was hard for me to digest.
"I'm not mad at anybody. I'm not mad at the organization or anything like that. It's just my brother isn't here anymore. I just needed a little bit of time to digest that."
Rookie Tony Snell started in Butler's place and Chicago received a surprising contribution from forward Cartier Martin, who signed a 10-day contract on Friday. In his first appearance for the Bulls, Martin hit 4 of 5 shots from the field and scored 11 points.
"I was not surprised," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Whenever we played against him, I felt that he compete hard. I knew he would be a good fit."
Charlotte (15-23) has dropped eight of its last nine games.
Augustin repeatedly drove down the baseline and found open teammates. He hit Noah for a dunk to start the surge. His pass to Noah for a lay-in and three-point play put the Bulls ahead 83-73 with 7:40 remaining.
The lead grew to 94-82 when Augustin knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:30 remaining. The Bobcats mounted a late rally to close to 101-97 with 11.8 seconds left on a driving lay-in by Walker. Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich sank three of four free throws to seal the outcome.
NOTES: Chicago G Jimmy Butler missed Saturday's game with a left thigh bruise suffered a night earlier against Milwaukee. Butler collided with Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova and had to be helped back to the bench but returned to the game and played 40 minutes. The timing could have been better for the Bulls after just trading F Luol Deng to Cleveland. Rookie Tony Snell started in Butler's place. ... Charlotte is expecting to get second-year F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back soon from a broken left hand. He has missed 18 games with the injury. ... F Cartier Martin made his Bulls debut against the Bobcats after signing a 10-day contract on Friday. Martin was released by Atlanta earlier this week. ... Chicago will get Charlotte's first-round draft pick in June if it is not in the top 10 as part of the Tyrus Thomas trade in 2010. The Bobcats released Thomas last summer.