Gordon, Bulls down Wizards
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 32 points, including an NBA
record-tying 9-for-9 from beyond the arc, to lead Chicago to a pivotal 103-101
victory over Washington at the United Center.
“I didn’t know how many threes I had, honestly, said Gordon. “I didn’t know
that I didn’t miss or anything. I was just letting them ride.”
Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and dished out eight assists while Andres
Nocioni scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and recorded five assists
for the Bulls, who move one game ahead of Philadelphia for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia lost to Miami
104-85 on Friday.
Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 36 points while Antonio Daniels tallied 20
points and eight assists for the Wizards, who have now lost five straight
games and now find themselves in a three-way tie with Milwaukee and Indiana
for the fifth spot in the East.
“It just seems we’ve been in a ton of these type of games,” said Washington
head coach Eddie Jordan. “They are heartbreaking losses. We played hard and
very physical but when a guy comes in and goes nine-for-nine for his threes
you’ve just got to suck it up.”
The Bulls trailed by four, 79-75, heading into the final stanza, but exploded
for a 14-0 run as they connected on four straight shots from long distance,
including three by Gordon. Luol Deng capped the run with a jumper with 5:33
remaining to put Chicago up eight, 95-87.
The lead was cut to two, 95-93, as the Wizards scored the next six points and
with 1:02 to play, Washington took the lead on a Jared Jeffries dunk, 101-100.
Gordon responded with a three-pointer to put the Bulls ahead, 103-101 with 54
seconds left. Jeffries missed a jumper from the left corner with 31 seconds
left, the last chance the Wizards had to tie things up as Chicago was able to
run out the clock.
The Wizards led 28-26 after 12 minutes and enjoyed a 56-48 advantage at
halftime thanks to a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter and 24 first-
half points from Arenas.
Washington extended its lead to nine, 59-50, early in the third quarter as
Arenas converted a conventional three-point play. However, the Bulls slowly
battled back and got to within one, 62-61, midway through the quarter as
Gordon drilled a three-pointer.
Caron Butler missed his fifth straight game as he sat out with a sprained
right thumb…The Bulls have won three of the four meetings between the two
teams this season…Chicago connected on 13-of-21 shots from three-point
territory while Washington was just 5-of-19.