Gordon, Bulls blow away Grizzlies
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored a game-high 24 points and
dished out six assists as Chicago blew away Memphis, 111-66, at the United
Kirk Hinrich poured in 20 points with eight assists and Luol Deng had 18
points for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Mike Sweetney
posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Chicago shot 48 percent from the floor.
The Bulls were without forward Andres Nocioni, who was suspended one game for
an elbowing incident Thursday against the New Jersey Nets. Nocioni is
averaging 16 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this year.
Pau Gasol netted 16 points and pulled down 13 boards for the Grizzlies, who
have dropped four of five. Chucky Atkins donated 14 points off the bench and
Mike Miller had 13.
The Bulls, leading 20-16 with just under five minutes left in the first, went
on a 17-5 burst for a 16-point advantage.
The domination continued in the second as Thabo Sefolosha’s jumper made it
45-25, and just over four minutes later, Sefolosha drained a layup to give
Chicago a commanding 30-point lead at the 4:24 mark.
Gordon’s dunk capped the first half and sent the Bulls into the locker room up
It was much of the same in the second half with Chicago increasing its cushion
to 40 on an Adrian Griffin jumper with 1:05 left in the third and easily
cruising to victory in the fourth.
Memphis finished a dismal 30 percent shooting.
Viktor Khryapa scored 12 points for Chicago…The Bulls have won four of the
last five with Memphis.