2006.07 Chicago Bulls Game-by-Game Recaps
Chicago erased a 15-point deficit to tie the game with 39.8 seconds left in the third period, but couldn't pull ahead in a 106-97 defeat in New Jersey. Kirk Hinrich had 20 points and Andres Nocioni added 19 for the Bulls. Ben Gordon and Luol Deng had 15 points apiece for Chicago (49-33), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Bulls, who earned the East's fifth seed, will host the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Chicago dominated play from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer in a 101-68 triumph over host Washington to remain the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Ben Gordon racked up 30 points for the Bulls (49-32), who limited the Wizards to a season low in scoring. Luol Deng scored 16 for Chicago, which improved to a season-high 17 games over .500.
The Bulls jumped ahead quickly and never trailed in a 100-81 triumph over the visiting Bobcats to remain the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Ben Gordon recorded 20 points, while Kirk Hinrich chipped in with 18 points and eight assists. Ben Wallace had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago (48-32).
The Bulls strengthened their hold on one of the East's top seeds as they never trailed in a 98-69 victory over the Knicks, extending their home win streak over New York to five games. Ben Gordon scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half to propel Chicago to a 18-point halftime lead. The Bulls (47-32) turned 25 turnovers into 30 points.
The Bulls led by as many as 11 in the second half, but couldn't sustain the momentum in a 103-89 defeat to the host Raptors. Ben Gordon scored 27 for Chicago (46-32), which had previously won seven of its last eight games. Andres Nocioni returned to grab two rebounds after missing 28 games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
The Bulls took a 15-point lead into halftime and kept pace as they cruised past the Nets, 105-74, at the United Center. Chicago (46-31) continued its push for the second seed in the East as Ben Gordon scored 27 and Luol Deng tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls won for the seventh time in eight games and moved within 2½ games of Detroit for first-place Detroit in the Central Division and Eastern Conference.
Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points as Chicago doubled up Detroit in the third quarter to overcome a one-point halftime deficit in a 106-88 road win. Hinrich finished with 29 points and eight assists, while Luol Deng had 22 points and nine rebounds. Ben Wallace (sinus inflammation) did not play for the Bulls (45-31), who took the season series for the first time since 1998. Chicago, which has clinched a spot in the playoffs, won for the sixth time in seven games.
Luol Deng erupted for 30 points and converted on a pivotal three-point play late in the fourth quarter as the Bulls beat the host Hawks for the 11th straight time, 105-97. Kirk Hinrich posted 22 points for Chicago (44-31), which outscored Atlanta by 12 in the second half. Ben Gordon had 15 points and seven assists. The Bulls haven't lost to Atlanta since April 9, 2004. Overall, they have won five of six and 12 of 16.
LeBron James scored 39 points, including seven in overtime, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to 112-108 victory over the host Chicago Bulls. Ben Gordon finished with 37 points and Tyrus Thomas had a career-high 27 points with eight rebounds. The win gave Cleveland 1 1/2 game lead over Chicago (43-31) for second place in the Eastern Conference. The three division winners are guaranteed spots in the top four playoff seeds, meaning the Bulls would be seeded fifth despite holding the third-best record in the conference.
Ben Gordon recorded 25 points and Kirk Hinrich sank two free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift the Bulls to a thrilling 83-81 triumph over the visiting Pistons, clinching a third straight playoff berth. Tyrus Thomas posted 13 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago (43-30), which won its fourth straight.
Luol Deng scored a career-high 38 points, and the Bulls won their third straight, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 100-89 at the United Center. Chicago (42-30) outscored Portland by 15 over the final two periods to secure the victory. Deng, whose previous career-high was 32 points, hit 18-of-25 shots and played a big role during the deciding run. Kirk Hinrich added 21 points and 12 assists, and Ben Gordon scored 13 of his 17 points in the Bulls' 28-18 third period.
Ben Gordon netted 31 points, including the game-winning jumper with 2.8 seconds remaining in a 92-90 road win over the Indiana Pacers. Chicago (41-30) won for the ninth time in its past 12 games and guaranteed itself at least a .500 season while taking the season series, 3-1. Luol Deng finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Wallace added 13 rebounds for the Bulls.
Tyrus Thomas tipped in Ben Gordon's missed jumper with 0.2 seconds remaining to lift Chicago over the Denver Nuggets, 109-108, at the United Center. Gordon posted 25 points and five assists to lead Chicago (40-30), while Luol Deng added 22 points and 14 rebounds. Thomas finished with nine points and 11 boards.
Chicago erased a five-point deficit at the end of the first half to take a three-point lead late in the third quarter, but couldn't hold on in a 103-89 home defeat to the Clippers. Kirk Hinrich hit six of his first seven shots and finished with 29 points. Ben Wallace matched a season-high with 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Chicago (39-30), but the Clippers outscored the Bulls 32-19 in the fourth quarter.
Down by one point with three seconds remaining, Luol Deng missed a potential game-winning shot and the visiting Bulls fell to the Grizzlies, 104-103. Kirk Hinrich, who scored 16, momentarily tied the game on a jumper with 9.2 seconds left, erasing a 99-92 Memphis lead with 2:04 remaining. Ben Gordon posted a game-high 33 points for Chicago (39-29).
Trailing by one, Kirk Hinrich hit the game-winning jumper with 26.7 seconds remaining in the Bulls' 88-87 victory over the host 76ers. Hinrich finished with 14 points, while Luol Deng scored a game-high 20. Ben Wallace nearly recorded a triple-double, recording 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The Bulls (39-28) outrebounded the Sixers, 45-30. Overall, the Bulls scored 33 second-chance points to only four for the Sixers.
Rookie Tyrus Thomas posted a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds as the Bulls recorded their eighth straight win over the Celtics with a 95-87 home triumph. Ben Wallace scored a season-best 19 points to go along with 16 rebounds and three blocks. Luol Deng scored 19 points and Hinrich finished with 15 for Chicago (38-28), which has won six of its last seven games and is a season-best 10 games above .500.
Chicago shot 51.4 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from beyond the arc as it cruised to a 94-78 victory in Boston. Kirk Hinrich posted a game-high 26 points and seven assists, while Ben Gordon scored 21. Ben Wallace pulled in a game-high 14 rebounds. Luol Deng scored 17 points and held Paul Pierce to eight points on 2-of-14 shooting, leading the surging Bulls (37-28) to an 8-3 mark since the All-Star break.
One night after suffering their worst defeat of the season, the visiting Bulls dominated the Orlando Magic from start to finish for a 100-76 victory. A 14-0 run in the middle of the second quarter propelled the Bulls (36-28) to a 20-point halftime lead in a game in which they were never challenged one night after losing to the Miami Heat by 33. Ben Gordon scored 25 points and backcourt mate Kirk Hinrich had 17. Luol Deng added 15 points, all in the second half, and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Chicago got off to a slow start and was able to slice its deficit to three with five minutes to go in the third period, but wouldn't get any closer in a 103-70 defeat in Miami. Ben Gordon, who was coming off a 48-point effort against Milwaukee, had 14 points on 6-for-18 shooting for Chicago. Chris Duhon added 12 and Kirk Hinrich had 11 for the Bulls (35-28), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Miami outscored Chicago 38-9 over a decisive second-half spurt en route to its first win in four meetings between the clubs this season.
Ben Gordon scored a career-high 48 points and led the Bulls to a 126-121 come-from-behind overtime win over the host Milwaukee Bucks. He made 18 of 32 shots, including six 3-pointers. He took over the game in the second quarter with 15 points to keep the Bulls close, and then added 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls (35-27) needed every one of his points as they had to overcome 52 points from Michael Redd and an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit. Luol Deng had 27 points, and Kirk Hinrich added 23 points.
Ben Gordon scored 27 points, and Kirk Hinrich added 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls pull away for a 104-93 victory over the visiting New Orleans Hornets. Chicago (34-27) outscored New Orleans 21-5 in the final 7:12 on the way to its fifth win in seven games. Hinrich hit all three of his shots in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer. Luol Deng added 24 in the win.
Ben Gordon scored 16 of his 22 points in the first 12 minutes, rookie Tyrus Thomas tied a career high with 14 points, and the Bulls beat the Golden State Warriors 113-83 at the United Center. Rookie Thabo Sefolosha scored a career-high 19 points and reserve Adrian Griffin added a season-high 17 for the Bulls, who bounced back after dropping consecutive games. Leading 62-58 at the half, the Bulls (33-27) pushed the ball up the floor and opened the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors 20-6.
Ben Gordon scored 32, but it was not enough as the Bulls fell to the Magic at home, 94-87. Chicago (32-27) forced 27 turnovers, but could not stop a late run by Orlando. Luol Deng posted 23 points, seven boards, six steals and six assists. Ben Wallace added eight boards. Gordon hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 90-87 with 36.9 seconds to play, but that was as close as the Bulls would get.
Ben Gordon missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the visiting Bulls were edged by the Pistons, 95-93. Gordon scored 21, P.J. Brown matched a season high with 19 points, Luol Deng scored 18 and Chris Duhon added 12 for the Bulls (32-26), who had won three straight. In his first game at The Palace since leaving to play for Chicago, Ben Wallace was greeted by a mix of boos and cheers when he was introduced, then was booed virtually every time he touched the ball.
Luol Deng matched his career high with 32 points and led the Bulls over Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, 105-90, at the United Center. Deng's 13-of-22 shooting and 11 rebounds helped the Bulls (32-25) win their third straight since the All-Star break - two of the wins over teams above them in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers and Wizards on back-to-back nights. Kirk Hinrich had 20 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, offsetting a 36-point effort from Arenas.
Ben Wallace scored 14 points with 19 rebounds, a season-high seven blocks and two huge free throws in the final minutes to lead the visiting Bulls to an 84-78 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Luol Deng scored 18 points, Ben Gordon 16 and Kirk Hinrich 11 for the Bulls, who overcame foul trouble and 24 turnovers. Trailing by three with less than seven minutes left, Chicago (31-25) put away the Cavaliers with a 14-5 burst.
Chris Duhon scored 17 points and the Bulls held the Atlanta Hawks without a field goal in the third quarter in a 106-81 home victory. Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng added 16 points each for the Bulls (30-25), who won for just the second time in seven games but defeated the Hawks for the 10th straight time. Hinrich and the Bulls limited Atlanta's Joe Johnson - who came in the game averaging 25.1 points - to nine on 2-of-12 shooting.
Chicago jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold on and fell to the host Bobcats, 100-85. Ben Gordon scored 20 points and Luol Deng added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls (29-25), who have lost two straight games and six of nine heading into the All-Star break.
Chicago scored 13 unanswered points to pull ahead by one with 12.8 seconds left to play, but was unable to hold on in a 112-111 home loss to Toronto. Luol Deng scored a game-high 30 points on 15-of-23 shooting, while Ben Gordon posted 26 points. Kirk Hinrich registered 18 and a season-high 13 assists for Chicago (29-24), which saw a 15-game winning streak against Toronto end.
After the Bulls were outscored by 16 in the third quarter, turning a 11-point lead into a five-point deficit, Kirk Hinrich sparked his team to a 116-103 victory in Phoenix. Hinrich scored 14 of his 29 in the fourth quarter. Luol Deng also scored 29 and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Ben Gordon pumped in 27 points. Playing the final game of a seven-game road trip, Chicago (29-23) didn't look tired in the fourth quarter, dominating the Suns, 37-19, for the win.
Chicago's best shooter from the outside, Ben Gordon, had a 3-point shot at the buzzer in overtime that would have won it, but it fell short and so did the Bulls, 123-121, to the host Warriors. Gordon scored 24 points to lead the Bulls (28-23), who haven't won in Oakland since their 1998 championship season. Luol Deng added 23 points and Kirk Hinrich scored 22 points and had 10 assists. P.J. Brown had 19 points.
Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich buried back-to-back jumpers late in the fourth to pull the Bulls within four, but Chicago could get no closer to the Kings in a 86-77 defeat in Sacramento. Deng recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Hinrich scored 18. The Bulls (28-22) shot a season-low 33 percent and lost despite a 56-44 rebounding edge and having 25 second-chance points to one for Sacramento.
The Bulls sliced a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit down to three on Chris Duhon's 3-pointer with 1:20 left on Monday but drew no closer in a 100-95 loss in Utah. Duhon finished with 14 points for Chicago (28-21). Kirk Hinrich led the way with 26 points and Luol Deng added 23 for the Bulls, who couldn't capitalize on a huge advantage from the free throw line. Chicago took 47 free throws to Utah's 31, but the Bulls missed 10 times from the line and couldn't stop Mehmet Okur, scored 12 of Utah's final 14 points, at the end of the game.
Ben Gordon scored 15 of his 33 points in the final quarter and the Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-86, winning on the road for the second night in a row. Chicago (28-20) led by 17 at the half, and, despite Portland's strong second-half comeback attempt, held on for the victory. Kirk Hinrich had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Luol Deng had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Chris Duhon finished with 15 points and Gordon was 4-of-4 from the foul line in the final 22 seconds.
Andres Nocioni broke a late tie with five straight points and the Bulls never looked back in a 107-101 win over the Sonics in Seattle. Luol Deng tallied 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich recorded 20 points and nine assists. Chris Duhon scored 16 on 6-for-7 shooting for Chicago (27-20), and Nocioni and P.J. Brown tacked on 14 points apiece.
The Bulls opened a seven-game road trip with a 110-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The game was tied with 3:34 to play in the fourth quarter before Chicago was done in by L.A.'s 16-4 game-ending run. Kirk Hinrich had 25 points and 10 assists for Chicago (26-20), while Luol Deng and Ben Gordon chipped in 17 points apiece.
With Shaquille O'Neal sitting and Kirk Hinrich slowing down Dwyane Wade again, the Bulls beat the defending champs for the third time this season. Ben Gordon had 34 points and seven assists, and Hinrich scored 26 points in the Bulls' 100-97 victory over the visiting Miami Heat. Reserve Andres Nocioni added 19 points for Chicago (26-19), which won its third straight despite losing center Ben Wallace to a left knee sprain with 5:01 remaining. He finished with 15 rebounds.
Chicago outscored Dallas by 14 in the first quarter and never trailed as it defeated the Mavericks, 96-85, at the United Center. Ben Gordon scored 30 points and dished out five assists, while Luol Deng added 21 points and nine rebounds. Ben Wallace pulled in 17 rebounds and recorded four blocks for Chicago (25-19), which snapped the Mavericks' eight-game winning streak.
The Bulls outmatched the Hawks in the second half with stifling defense and dominant play in the paint in a 94-86 home victory. P.J. Brown scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Ben Wallace added 11 points and seven boards for Chicago (24-19), which has won nine straight over the Hawks. Ben Gordon scored 10 points in the third period and finished with 12, while Andres Nocioni had 14 points off the bench for the Bulls.
Ben Gordon's stirring 31-point performance on 11-of-18 shooting kept the Bulls alive late, but Chicago couldn't overcome Indiana in its 98-91 road defeat. Luol Deng added 18 points and eight rebounds and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 for the Chicago (23-19). The Pacers led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, but a jumper by Gordon cut the lead to 83-79 with 6:37 left in the fourth. Gordon later had a three-point play to cut Indiana's lead to 96-91, but that was as close as the Bulls got.
Chicago hung tough throughout but was unable to overcome Utah in a 95-85 loss at home. Ben Gordon scored a game-high 23 points and added six assists, while Kirk Hinrich recorded 22 and four. Luol Deng (12 points) and Ben Wallace (10) also reached double figures for the Bulls (23-18), who had won three straight.
Chicago outscored Milwaukee by 15 points in the fourth quarter of a 99-90 road victory at the Bradley Center. Ben Gordon notched his third straight start, collecting 20 points, six assists, and a third consecutive win for the Bulls (23-17). Andres Nocioni shined off the bench by scoring 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Gordon scored 20 or more points for the 16th time in 17 games.
Kirk Hinrich had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Gordon added 20 points to lead the shorthanded Chicago Bulls past the San Antonio Spurs, 99-87, at the United Center. The Bulls played without Chris Duhon (suspended for one game for missing practice) and Ben Wallace (sore back). Luol Deng scored 17 for Chicago (22-17).
Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 18 as the Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-66, at the United Center. The Bulls had their easiest victory of the season despite missing starters Andres Nocioni and Ben Wallace. Nocioni was suspended for one game by the NBA for elbowing New Jersey's Mikki Moore and Wallace missed the game with a sore back. Kirk Hinrich added 20 points and eight assists for Chicago (21-17), which won for the second time in seven games.
Chicago couldn't hold an 18-0 lead at New Jersey on Jan. 5. Less than one week later, the Bulls (20-17) led by 14 at halftime and by 18 early in the third quarter and still had a chance to tie in the closing seconds. However, Kirk Hinrich's jumper was blocked as time expired in an 86-83 home loss. Andres Nocioni scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Ben Gordon added 23, and Hinrich had 19 with 10 assists.
Despite shooting 13-of-27 from beyond the arc and a game-high 33-point and nine-assist performance from Kirk Hinrich, Chicago (20-16) dropped a 113-103 decision in Washington. Ben Gordon posted 25 points off the bench, including shooting 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
Chicago led by 10 at halftime, but came out of the break slowly and was dealt an 84-77 loss by the visiting Houston Rockets. Chicago (20-15) went 30-for-82, including 3-of-15 from long range. The Bulls suffered their third loss in four games -- each by seven points or less. Ben Gordon led Chicago with 24 points, and Luol Deng scored 20.
Ben Wallace helped the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons, 106-89, at the United Center, and afterwards admitted it wasn't just another regular-season game. There were too many memories, too many good times going up against his former team for the first time. Luol Deng scored 30 to lead Chicago (20-14), while Wallace finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and a season-high six blocks. Ben Gordon scored 23 and Andres Nocioni added 21 points.
The Bulls jumped out to an 18-0 lead and led by five with under three minutes to play, but could not hold either lead in a 91-86 loss at New Jersey. Luol Deng scored a game-high 22 points and added 11 rebounds for Chicago (19-14). Andres Nocioni had 19, Ben Gordon 15 and Kirk Hinrich 13 as the Bulls dropped their 10th straight in New Jersey.
Ben Gordon poured in a career-high 41 points, including a pair of free throws with 5.2 seconds left for a two-point lead, but the Suns hit a three with 1.5 on the clock to deal Chicago a 97-96 home loss. Luol Deng had 19 points for the Bulls (19-13) and Andres Nocioni added 11 with 12 rebounds. Gordon, who scored 40 against Miami on Dec. 27, was 13-of-25 from the field and 13-for-14 from the foul line. It was his ninth consecutive game with at least 20.
Luol Deng scored a career-high 32 points, and the Bulls went on a 24-point run in the second half of a 103-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With his sprained right wrist bandaged again, Deng hit 15 of 19 shots after scoring 25 the previous night. P.J. Brown added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Malik Allen scored 10 points after sitting out the first half. The Bulls (19-12) were without guard Kirk Hinrich, who sat out with a strained groin.
Luol Deng, playing with a sprained right wrist, scored 25 points and Ben Gordon added 22 to lead the Bulls to their 15th straight victory over the Raptors, 107-97, in Toronto. Deng had 19 points in the second half for the Bulls, who shot a season-high 59.7 percent. Chicago (18-12) has not lost to Toronto since Dec. 6, 2002, when it ended a 16-game losing streak to the Raptors. Kirk Hinrich scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half.
Ben Gordon scored a career-high 40 points off the bench to lead Chicago to a 109-103 victory over the short-handed Miami Heat, who lost Dwyane Wade to a sprained wrist in the first quarter. Andres Nocioni added 16 for Chicago (17-12), which recovered after blowing a 20-point lead. The Bulls improved to 12-3 in December.
The Bulls came up just short in their attempt to overcome an early deficit, falling to Minnesota, 100-98, at the Target Center. Down by as many as 25, Chicago (16-12) tied the score with seven seconds remaining, but could not escape with the win. Ben Gordon scored 27, while Kirk Hinrich added 19 points and six assists.
Chicago led by 16 at the half, and never looked back as it cruised to a 115-76 home victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center. Ben Gordon scored a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Bulls (16-11), including 18 in the second quarter. Andres Nocioni finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, who went on a 20-2 run midway through the first half to grab a 39-21 lead.
Chicago got off to a hot start, but was slowed in the second quarter and could not recover in a 103-92 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Ben Gordon scored 27 points for the Bulls (15-11), who had won 12 of 13. Luol Deng added 20. The Knicks overwhelmed the Bulls on the boards, 57-36.
The Bulls hit half their shots from the field and contained Kobe Bryant, sliding past the Los Angeles Lakers, 94-89, at the United Center. Luol Deng scored 23 points and tied a season-high with 12 rebounds for the Bulls (15-10). Deng hit 9-of-16 shots, and Ben Gordon finished with 22 points as Chicago won its fifth straight and 12th in 13 games.
Ben Wallace's free throws with 35 seconds left in regulation completed a 12-point fourth-quarter comeback and forced overtime, where Andres Nocioni put in the game-winners from the charity stripe in a 106-104 win over the Hawks. Nocioni and Kirk Hinrich led Chicago (14-10) with 24 points each.
Ben Wallace grabbed a season-high 27 rebounds and added 10 points to lead the Bulls to a 117-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Kirk Hinrich scored 21 points and Chris Duhon had 19 for Chicago (13-10), who has won 10 of its last 11 games. Chicago finished its longest homestand in team history with a 7-1 record and improved to 9-0 against Eastern Conference teams at the United Center.
Chicago (12-10) led by 16 at halftime and by as many as 24 in a 99-84 home win over the Seattle SuperSonics. Ben Gordon's 27 points paced five in double figures and Ben Wallace racked up 15 points, 20 rebounds and five blocked shots. Andres Nocioni scored 20 on 9-for-16 shooting in just 28 minutes.
Chicago leapt out to a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, notching a 106-91 home win over the short-handed Indiana Pacers. Ben Gordon led seven Bulls in double figures with 23 points off the bench, while Luol Deng shot 8-of-11 from the floor to total 22 points. Chicago (11-10) shot 83 percent in the first quarter, converting 15 of 18 field goals to outscore Indiana 42-25.
Ben Gordon posted 21 points and five rebounds, but the Bulls (10-10) came up short in a 91-81 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending a seven-game winning streak. Andres Nocioni went 6-of-11 from the field on his way 17 points and Kirk Hinrich added 15 and eight assists.
Luol Deng recorded a game-high 25 points to lead the Bulls to their seventh straight win and 14th consecutive over the Raptors, a 93-90 victory at home. Andres Nocioni scored 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter, and grabbed 14 rebounds. Kirk Hinrich did most of his scoring in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, when he had nine of his 13 points for Chicago (10-9).
Chicago outscored Philadelphia 39-16 in the first quarter and cruised to a 121-94 win at the United Center, extending its winning streak to six games. Ben Gordon led seven Bulls (9-9) in double figures with a game-high 31 points, while Luol Deng added 21 and a team-high 10 rebounds. The 121 points were a season-high for the Bulls, who have scored at least 100 in eight straight games.
Andres Nocioni scored 20 points, and Chicago won its fifth straight, pulling away early on the way to a 100-82 victory over the Boston Celtics at the United Center. Up 17-14 in the first quarter, the Bulls (8-9) went on a 13-point run. They were ahead 53-35 at halftime and led by as many as 30 in the third quarter. Luol Deng scored 14 and held Paul Pierce to a season-low eight points as Boston suffered its third straight loss.
The Bulls (7-9) led by as many as 30 points and cruised to a 112-94 victory over the Wizards at the United Center. The win was Chicago's fourth straight. Ben Gordon went for 28 points and hit five 3-pointers. Andres Nocioni added 24 points and hit four from behind the arc as Washington set a franchise record with their eighth straight road loss to start the season.
Andres Nocioni scored a career-high 31 points, including two late free throws, and the visiting Bulls held off a series of comebacks for a 111-108 victory over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Chicago allowed NO/Okla. City to cut a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to two in the waning moments, but was still able to escape with its third straight win. Luol Deng added 21 points for Chicago (6-9). Nocioni also had 13 rebounds for his third double-double this season.
The Bulls dominated the fourth quarter and cruised past the Knicks, 102-85, at the United Center. Chris Duhon scored 10 of his 18 points as Chicago (5-9) outscored New York by 14 in the final 12 minutes. Up 82-78 midway through the fourth quarter, Duhon's running jumper with 5:39 left started a 10-2 run that put away the Knicks. Ben Gordon scored 23 to lead the Bulls.
Chicago closed out its seven-game road odyssey with a convincing 106-95 victory in New York. Luol Deng led the Bulls (4-9) with 24 points, including 16 on 7-of-12 shooting in the first half to give the Bulls a 56-34 lead. Kirk Hinrich added 21 points and Andres Nocioni had 19 for the Bulls, who snapped an eight-game road skid.
Allen Iverson scored a season-high 46 points in his return to the line-up and the host Philadelphia 76ers led all the way in a 123-108 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Luol Deng scored 28 points for the Bulls (3-9), who lost their sixth consecutive game and eighth straight on the road. Andres Nocioni had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while reserve Ben Gordon scored 22.
The visiting Bulls led by double figures in the second half but could not hold on in a 113-109 loss at the Nuggets. Kirk Hinrich's 28 points paced six in double figures for Chicago (3-8). Andres Nocioni had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ben Wallace tallied 11, 16 and three blocks.
Despite a career night from Andres Nocioni, Chicago fell to Los Angeles on the road, 82-72 . The Bulls (3-7) were down by four points by half, but could not cut into the deficit. Nocioni racked up 30 points and seven rebounds in the defeat and also nailed a personal-best six three-pointers. Luol Deng chipped in with 13 points.
Ben Gordon produced 21 points before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a minor wrist injury in Chicago's 100-83 loss to San Antonio. Luol Deng contributed 14 points for the Bulls, now 3-6 on the young season. Chicago shot 46 percent from the floor, but was 12-of-21 from the free throw line.
Ben Gordon scored 30 of his 37 points in the second half for the Bulls, who erased most of a 21-point deficit before falling, 101-100 , in Houston. Luol Deng contributed 15 points for Chicago, which dropped to 3-5. Gordon sank 11-of-22 shots and went 14-of-16 from the free-throw line, breaking out of an early season slump.
Kirk Hinrich scored 25 points and dished out six assists as the Bulls (3-4) opened a seven-game road trip with a 111-99 loss at Dallas. Luol Deng added 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Ben Gordon scored 17. Erick Dampier's 14 points, 13 rebounds and high energy helped the Mavs win. Chicago broke in a new starting lineup as Chris Duhon and Andres Nocioni joined the first five, with Ben Gordon and P.J. Brown going to the bench.
Despite being down by five at half, Chicago topped the Indiana Pacers, 89-80, at home on Saturday. Ben Wallace had eight points and 18 rebounds and Luol Deng had an outstanding performance with 21 points and 12 boards, while Kirk Hinrich chipped in with 23 points. Chicago (3-3) shot only 38 percent, but Wallace, who played the entire game, gave the Bulls plenty of second chances with 10 offensive rebounds.
Chicago got off to a slow start and never recovered, falling 113-94 at Cleveland. Kirk Hinrich had 20 points and 11 assists and Andres Nocioni 15 for the Bulls (2-3), who trailed by only 12 entering the fourth. Cleveland recorded 38 assists - 23 after halftime - and the NBA's best rebounding team outboarded Chicago 47-30.
Ben Gordon torched the nets with 37 points and dished out a career-best nine assists to lead Chicago (2-2) to a 110-85 home victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls, who outscored the Bucks 24-8 on fast-break points, also got 17 points apiece from Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni. Ben Wallace grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots.
The Bulls (1-2) led by four with under 17 seconds to play, but could not hold on in a 89-88 loss to the Kings in the home opener. Luol Deng led Chicago with 29 points, while Ben Wallace posted nine points and 13 rebounds in his first home game as a Bull and Andres Nocioni scored 15. Deng hit 12 of 21 shots and said, "As a team, we just made mistakes defensively."
Playing their second game in two days, the Bulls (1-1) got off to a slow start in the first half of a 109-94 loss to the host Orlando Magic. Ben Gordon flashed a dazzling array of reverse layups, drives and fadeaway jumpers on his way to 24 points that kept Chicago in the game. Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and four assists and Luol Deng scored 12 for the Bulls.
The Bulls rolled past the Heat in the opening game of the 2006.07 NBA season, posting a 108-66 victory in Miami. Kirk Hinrich led the stampede with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep. Chris Duhon added 20, while newcomer Ben Wallace and Andres Nocioni each ripped 11 rebounds. It was the worst season-opening loss by a defending champion, surpassing the 132-117 setback suffered by the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State in 1982.