CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (Ticker) -- Othella Harrington
is taking advantage of
his time in the starting lineup.
Harrington recorded a season high for the second straight game
with 20 points and added a career-best five assists as the
Chicago Bulls won their fourth consecutive game, a 94-85 victory
over the Golden State Warriors.
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Starting in place of the injured Antonio Davis
scored 19 points Saturday in the Bulls' 102-91 victory over the
Boston Celtics. Despite his strong play, Harrington does not
believe there will be any controversy when Davis returns.
"A.D. is the starter and he is doing a great job," Harrington
said. "But I know my role on this team and I'm proud of the way
that the young guys have developed."
Harrington scored 14 points in the first half, which ended with
the Bulls holding a 49-48 lead.
"We didn't even need coach to say anything in the locker room,"
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich
said. "We knew we needed to go out and
pick it up in the third quarter."
Golden State moved ahead on a pair of free throws by Mike Dunleavy
to open the second half, but Hinrich gave Chicago
the lead for good, 51-50, with a jumper on the other end,
igniting a 9-0 spurt.
"We started out in the third quarter in good shape and came out
in poor shape," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery
shots started going in and ours didn't."
Harrington found rookie Chris Duhon
for a 3-pointer and, after
another basket by Duhon, made it 58-50 with a 10-footer with 9½ minutes to play.
The Bulls made 68 percent (15-of-22) of their shots in the
period, using a 19-5 run late in the quarter to take an 84-65
advantage into the final 12 minutes. Harrington did a little
bit of everything during the burst, contributing four points,
two steals and a rebound.
"I've always been confident in my play and what I can do as a
veteran," Harrington said. "I don't try to force the issue
anymore. I just try to play my game."
Chicago's 35 points in the third were the most it has scored in
a quarter this season.
The Bulls went cold in the final period, missing their first 13
shots. The Warriors got within 89-83 on a 3-pointer by Troy Murphy
with just under two minutes to go, but Tyson Chandler
Duhon scored five consecutive points to ensure the win.
scored 24 points and Dunleavy added 19 for Golden
State, which shot just 33 percent (25-of-76) and lost for the
sixth straight game without leading scorer Jason Richardson
"He's our leading scorer and he's our go to guy," Montgomery
said. "He's the one guy athletically who can make some plays
for us that others can't make."
Chicago has not allowed 100 points for 19 consecutive
outings, the longest current streak in the NBA.
The Bulls have bounced back from an 0-9 start and have won 11 of
their last 14.
"I think we are a lot better," Hinrich said. "But in the last
three or four games we have slipped up a little bit, so we have
to get back to the intensity that we were playing with."