Sunday , Dec , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gordon lifts Bulls over Bobcats

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in 23 points as the
Chicago Bulls crushed the Charlotte Bobcats, 115-76, at the United Center.

Andres Nocioni had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who rebounded
from a 103-92 loss to the Knicks on Friday.

Thabo Sefolosha and Tyrus Thomas each scored 14 points, while
Sefolosha grabbed nine rebounds for Chicago, which has won 13 of its last 15
games.

“We are playing great right now,” said Nocioni. “We are playing together and
we are playing with great confidence.”

Melvin Ely scored a team-high 13 points off the bench for the Bobcats,
who were looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Five straight Charlotte points tied the game at 19 late in the first
quarter before the Bulls embarked on a 20-2 run that bridged the first
and second quarters.

The spurt featured seven straight points by Gordon and was capped by
P.J. Brown’s layup with 7:11 left in the first half that made it 39-21.

“We were joking after the game ‘was MJ out there tonight?’ It sure seemed like
it,” said Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace. “He’s tough to guard.”

Chicago took a 55-39 lead into the break and were never threatened in
the second half. The Bulls ripped off 13 straight points in the third
quarter and took a 84-58 lead into the final quarter.

“This started early with the pace and the balance they set,” said Bobcats head
coach Bernie Bickerstaff. “That and we ended up shooting 30 percent.”

Game Notes

Raymond Felton and Primoz Brezec each had 10 points, while Emeka
Okafor finished with 12 rebounds for Charlotte…Luol Deng scored 12 points
and Ben Wallace had 11 points and five blocks for the Bulls…Chicago
shot 52.4 percent from the floor, while Charlotte shot just 35.6
percent…Bobcats point guard Brevin Knight missed the game with a strained
right groin.

CHI CHL