Chicago 123, Seattle 96
CHICAGO, Dec. 11 (AP) -- Ben Gordon scored 27 points, Luol Deng added 20, and the Chicago Bulls scored their most lopsided victory of the season by pounding the Seattle SuperSonics 123-96 on Tuesday night.
It was the fifth win in seven games for the Bulls, who were coming off a 92-81 loss to Boston. This seems like a good time for Chicago to jump start a disappointing season considering Tuesday's game was the first of three this week against teams with losing records.
The Bulls visit Indiana on Wednesday and host the dysfunctional New York Knicks on Friday. Against Seattle, they finally looked like the team many expected to contend for the Eastern Conference title.
They got open looks and, more importantly, hit them.
The league's worst shooting team, Chicago converted 53.7 percent of its field goals. The Bulls led 67-49 at halftime after outscoring the Sonics by 14 in the second quarter and never let up.
Sonics rookie Kevin Durant scored 16 points in 24 minutes, but he had no help.
The Bulls had plenty of balance, though.
Gordon immediately served notice that he was on target after a miserable performance in Saturday's 92-81 loss to Eastern Conference leader.
He hit his first four shots and scored 14 points in the first quarter. He was 12-of-19 overall from the field, after going 5-for-20 and missing all 10 shots in the second half against the Celtics on Saturday.
Deng scored eight points late in the second quarter.