Thursday , Dec , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gordon, Wallace lead Bulls past Sonics

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in 27 points as the Chicago
Bulls cruised to a 99-84 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Ben Wallace set season-highs with 15 points and 20 rebounds, while also tying
a season-high with five blocks for the Bulls, who have won nine of their last
10 and improved to 6-1 on their current eight-game home stand.

“We throw Ben the ball quite a bit in the course of games,” said Bulls head
coach Scott Skiles. “Tonight, he saw some openings and took them and scored.
That was a big performance.”

Andres Nocioni scored 20 points and Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and eight
assists for Chicago, which beat Seattle at home for the first time since
Michael Jordan played on the team in 1998.

Rashard Lewis scored 18 points and pulled down 13 boards for the SuperSonics,
who have dropped their first two games of their current five-game road trip.
Damien Wilkins had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but committed
eight turnovers.

Seattle continued to play without all-star Ray Allen, who is out with a bone
bruise in his right foot.

“I thought, under the circumstances, the guys played a good game,” said
SuperSonics head coach Bob Hill. “Chicago is a tough team and I was proud to
see our guys didn’t quit when we got down.”

Chicago was all over Seattle from the start, outscoring the SuperSonics 31-18
in the first quarter.

Holding a one point lead midway though period, the Bulls ripped off a 19-4
spurt, capped by back-to-back treys from Nocioni and Gordon that gave Chicago
a 28-12 lead with 1:59 left.

Chicago extended its lead to 49-33 at the break and took a 78-60 lead into the
final quarter.

Seattle briefly made things interesting in the fourth, opening the quarter
with an 11-4 run that brought the SuperSonics within 82-71 on Johan Petro’s
field goal with eight minutes left to play.

However, the Bulls answered with a 13-5 run to coast to their second win in a
row.

“We had a lot of energy right from the beginning of the game,” said Skiles.
“When we get after people you see what can happen, we become a pretty
exciting team.”

Game Notes

Luol Deng had 13 points and six rebounds for the Bulls…Petro finished with
16 points and 10 boards off the bench for Seattle…Surprisingly, Seattle
outrebounded the Bulls 48-45….Chicago will conclude its current homestand on
Friday against Milwaukee…Seattle guard Earl Watson sat out with a back
contusion.

CHI SEA