Gordon and Bulls complete home-and-home sweep of Knicks
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in 23 points as the Chicago
Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks, 101-85.
Chris Duhon scored 17 points while P.J. Brown had 14 for the Bulls, who swept
a home-and-home set with New York.
Ben Wallace, who was benched and fined for wearing a headband against New York
on Saturday, finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.
“I figured he would have a lot of energy,” said Chicago head coach Scott
Skiles. “I think he was just active in general.”
Eddie Curry scored 24 points and grabbed eight boards for the Knicks, who have
dropped five of their last six.
Steve Francis and David Lee each had 14 points for New York, which turned the
ball over 22 times and missed 13 free throws (17-of-30).
“You’re not going to beat this team throwing away the ball like that,” said
New York head coach Isiah Thomas. “For us tonight it was just a matter of poor
execution. We didn’t get the things done the way we usually do.”
Curry’s layup brought the Knicks within four, 82-78, with less than seven
minutes remaining, but the Bulls responded with a 10-2 spurt to put the game
Duhon ignited the run with a running jumper, Brown followed with two free
throws and Hinrich dropped in a layup to make it 88-78 with 4:50 left to play.
After a Lee basket, Brown put back a Gordon miss and Hinrich converted two
from the charity stripe to make it 92-80 with 3:19 remaining as Chicago went
into cruise control the rest of the way.
“We feel as a staff that P.J. has quietly played well,” said Skiles. “Tonight
it was more outward. He got offensive opportunities.”
New York held a 23-21 lead after the opening 12 minutes but Chicago outscored
the Knicks by three in the second quarter and took a slim 47-46 lead into the
The game remained tight in the third quarter as the Bulls held a 71-68 lead
heading into the final period.
Lee finished with 11 rebounds…Luol Deng had 12 points and nine boards for
Chicago…The Bulls shot 44 percent from the floor, while New York shot 47.8
percent…Chicago outrebounded the Knicks 48-37.