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Bulls weren't about to lose on Kerr's night

By staff reports
Posted Feb 11 2009 7:06AM

Sorry, Detroit Pistons. But it just wasn't gonna happen. Not on Johnny "Red" Kerr's big night.

And Ben Gordon made sure of that.

On the night Kerr received the 2009 Hall of Fame Bunn Award for over 35 years of contributions to Chicago as a player, coach, administrator and broadcaster, the Bulls stormed back to shock the Pistons in a 107-102 win.

On his back in front of the visitors bench, Gordon didn't see his big shot fall through the net. Instead, he glanced at the scoreboard. "I did see the three [points] go up,'' he said. Gordon then buried the free throw to complete the go-ahead four-point play.

With Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in the house, the Bulls rallied from a 10-point deficit with about 3 1/2 minutes left, finishing the game with a 17-2 run in the victory.

"I couldn't explain this if I tried,'' the Pistons' Tayshaun Prince said.

Tuesday's Scores
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Atlanta 111, Washington 90
Indiana 96, Cleveland 95
Denver 99, Miami 82
San Antonio 108, New Jersey 93
Toronto 110, Minnesota 102
Dallas 118, Sacramento 100
Chicago 107, Detroit 102
Golden State 144, New York 127
L.A. Lakers 105, Oklahoma City 98

Stars of the Night

LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 47 points, but also was called for a controversial foul with .2 seconds remaining, leading to the Pacers' winning points in Cleveland's 96-95 loss at Indiana. James connected on 15 of 21 shots, 13 of 14 free throws, made 4 of 7 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds and four assists.

Matt Bonner, Spurs, scored 22 points to help San Antonio to a 108-93 victory over New Jersey.

Randy Foye, Timberwolves, had a career-high 33 points and eight rebounds in Minnesota's 110-102 loss to Toronto.

Antoine Wright, Mavericks, had 23 points, his best scoring game in nearly three months, in Dallas' 118-100 win over Sacramento.

Stephen Jackson, Warriors, had a season-high 35 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Golden State's 144-127 win over New York.

Kobe Bryant, Lakers, became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 23,000-point plateau, scoring 34 points in Los Angeles' 105-98 win over Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant, Thunder, scored 31 points, his fifth 30-point game in a row, and had 10 rebounds in Oklahoma City's 105-98 loss to the Lakers.

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With fans chanting "MVP," Kobe Bryant -- 30 years, 171 days old -- made a free throw with 5:13 left in the second quarter, giving him 23,000 points, the youngest player to reach that level. He joined 20 others in league history who've made that lofty mark. Wilt Chamberlain was formerly the youngest at 30 years, 176 days. He still ranks as the fastest to 23,000, reaching it in 606 games, while Bryant, who came straight from high school to the NBA, reached it in his 917th.

Big Wins

Indiana has beaten the three teams with the NBA's best records this season: Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

Lots of Losses

The Sacramento Kings became the first team with 42 losses, and though they still have 29 games remaining, they are guaranteed a losing season after a 118-100 loss at Dallas.


Cleveland saw its nine-game winning streak over the Pacers snapped in a 96-95 defeat. The Cavs lost a second straight game for the first time all season. ... Denver has won eight in a row against Miami after a 99-82 victory. ... San Antonio has now won 32 straight games in which it scores more than 100 points following a 108-93 win at New Jersey. ... The Knicks lost their fifth straight even though David Lee had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Nate Robinson scored 30 points. But they allowed 144 in a 17-point loss at Golden State. ... The Lakers, back in Los Angeles from a 6-0 road trip, beat Oklahoma City 105-98.


Atlanta will go into the All-Star break with 30 wins for the first time since the 1996-97 season, when it was 31-15. The Hawks are 30-21 with one game left before the break. ... The Nuggets are 10-0 when holding opponents under 90 points after a 99-82 win at Miami. ... Chicago finished with a 17-2 run to rally past Detroit 107-102.


The Warriors and Knicks met in New York earlier this season, with the Knicks winning 138-125 in the Warriors' worst defensive outing of the year. Golden State set its own season-high for points in the rematch, winning 144-127 and easily surpassing a 133-point effort in a triple-overtime game last month.


Indiana was missing three key contributors -- Marquis Daniels, Mike Dunleavy and Jeff Foster -- but still edged Cleveland 96-95. ... The Kings were without C Brad Miller (hip flexor) and backup post player Mikki Moore, who was absent for personal reasons after attending the morning shootaround. They lost at Dallas 118-100. ... Pistons guard Allen Iverson missed the 107-102 loss at Chicago with the flu. ... Quentin Richardson was out of New York's lineup with a bruised chest, and the Knicks then lost Tim Thomas late in the first half to a sore left groin. Midway through the fourth quarter, point guard Chris Duhon sprained his left ankle. The Knicks lost 144-127 at Golden State.


Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants missed the game Tuesday night against Toronto because of illness. ... Pistons guard Allen Iverson missed Tuesday's game against the Chicago Bulls because of flu-like symptoms.

Quote of the Night

"That last call, on the run, is the worst call that I have ever been a part of." -- Cavs coach Mike Brown on late foul called on LeBron James.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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