CHICAGO (Ticker) -- After a tough loss, the Chicago Bulls look
to close out the year with a win when they host the New Jersey
Nets at the United Center on Tuesday.
Chicago had won a season-high five consecutive games before
losing 99-92 at the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Rookie Ben Gordon
scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Kirk
Hinrich added 18, including three 3-pointers.
Gordon is averaging just under 16 points and shooting 61.5
percent from 3-point range in the last 10 games, leading the
Bulls to a 7-3 record over that stretch.
Eddy Curry scored 15 points and Antonio Davis and Othella
Harrington each added 12, but the three big men combined for
just nine boards as the Bulls were outrebounded for the first
time in the last eight games.
Chicago has lost four consecutive games against New Jersey,
including a tough 111-106 double-overtime setback here on
November 5. Hinrich scored 34 points in the loss.
Rookie Andres Nocioni had 17 points and 14 rebounds and fellow
rookie Luol Deng chipped in 18 and 10 off the bench for the
Bulls, who have lost back-to-back home games against the Nets.
Richard Jefferson had team highs of 26 points, 21 rebounds and
nine assists to lead New Jersey to victory.
In the Nets' 100-90 overtime loss against the Detroit Pistons on
Monday, Jefferson scored 27 points. However, he made just
7-of-23 shots for New Jersey, which connected on just 36 percent
Newly acquired Vince Carter scored 23 points off the bench in
his Nets debut before leaving in overtime due to severe cramps.
With the loss, New Jersey fell to 3-10 on the road this season.