Hinrich, Gordon go wild in Chicago’s rout over Memphis
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich poured in 26 points and Ben Gordon
scored 21, as Chicago shot 62 percent from the field en route to a 111-82 rout
of the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center.
Hinrich and Gordon combined to go 16-of-23, including 6-of-9 from three-point
range, as the Bulls won their second straight after snapping an eight-game
slide. Andres Nocioni made all four of his shots, on the way to 16 points, and
Othella Harrington went 5-of-5 for 10 points in the win.
The Bulls, who turned the ball over 20 times, had lost to Memphis, 95-77 on
December 23. In that game, Chicago shot 35.6 percent.
“It’s nice to have one of these nights offensively, but we played defensively
as well,” Hinrich said. “We weren’t just out there trading baskets. That may
be one of the best, if not the best defensive teams in the league and we made
it tough on them out there tonight.”
Antonio Burks had 18 points and Pau Gasol scored 15 for the Grizzlies, who had
their five-game winning streak broken.
“They were sharp and crisp in every aspect,” Memphis head coach Mike Fratello
said of the Bulls. “They shot the ball incredibly well, they beat us in every
facet, off the dribble, defensively and shooting.”
An 11-2 run gave the Bulls a 20-13 lead in the first quarter. Hinrich’s layup
capped the spurt and Chicago eventually led 30-23 after 12 minutes.
The Bulls were in front 54-44 at the half and opened the third on a 7-2 push
as Harrington’s layup finished the rally. Gordon’s jumper made it 65-48
moments later and an 8-2 run at the end of the quarter gave Chicago an 84-59
cushion. The Bulls led by as many as 30 points when Jannero Pargo’s three-
pointer made the score 102-72 with 5:40 remaining.
Hakim Warrick had 11 points and Mike Miller scored 10 for Memphis, which shot
The Bulls outrebounded Memphis, 33-27…The Grizzlies were 3-of-13 from three-
point range, compared to 11-of-15 for Chicago.