Wednesday , Dec , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls edge Heat; Wade sprains wrist

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored a season-high 40 points off
the bench with five assists as Chicago edged Miami, 109-103, at the United
Center.

Gordon finished an impressive 11-of-17 from the field and 17-of-19 from the
line while Andres Nocioni posted 16 points in the victory.

Kirk Hinrich poured in 14 points and dished out five helpers for the Bulls,
who have won seven of their last nine games. Tyrus Thomas netted 10 points and
Ben Wallace added nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Chicago shot 48 percent from the floor.

Jason Williams scored 28 points with six assists for the Heat, who were
without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade for most of the contest. Wade left the game
in the first quarter with a sprained right wrist and did not return. He
appeared to injure his wrist while covering Hinrich and finished scoreless on
0-for-2 from the field.

Wade is averaging 28.6 points and 8.2 assists this season for the Heat, who
are already without center Shaquille O’Neal. The standout center has been out
since November 12 when he tore knee cartilage against the Houston Rockets.

Jason Kapono donated 18 points and Dorell Wright had 17 with 14 boards in
defeat.

Chicago led 78-71 after three quarters of play, however, Miami remained
competitive in the fourth but came up short despite a 31-point frame.

After Williams hit a jump shot to give Miami a 100-99 lead with 1:25 left in
regulation, Gordon answered with a layup and a free throw to put the Bulls up
by two.

Gordon then converted three times from the charity stripe after a pair of
Chris Quinn fouls and Chicago held a 107-102 cushion with 11.4 seconds
remaining.

The Heat, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, finished 46 percent
shooting and were 12-of-24 (50 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Bulls ended the first quarter with a slim 24-21 edge, and opened the
second with a 17-2 burst finished up by Hinrich’s trey with 7:10 left. Miami,
though, cut within 12 at 57-45 on Wright’s jumper to close out the frame.

In the third, the Heat made it a five-point game, 76-71, when Kapono drilled a
jump shot at the 1:19 mark. However, Wallace countered for Chicago with a
jumper of his own to put the Bulls up by seven entering the fourth.

Game Notes

Miami’s Udonis Haslem scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds…Luol Deng
contributed eight points with 11 rebounds for Chicago.

CHI MIA