Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)
Series starts 12/11
(13-7, 8-4 away)
(4-14, 3-6 home)
7:30 PM ET, December 11, 2004
United Center, Chicago, IL
Minnesota: K. Garnett 16 Pts, 21 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk
Chicago: K. Hinrich 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl
CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Rookie Ben Gordon and the Chicago Bulls
looked a lot sharper against the powerful Minnesota Timberwolves
then they did one day earlier against the mediocre Philadelphia
Gordon scored 16 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth
quarter Saturday night as the Bulls held off the Timberwolves 99-88 to snap a
10-game skid in the series.
Kirk Hinrich collected 19 points, a season-high 12 assists and
eight rebounds for the Bulls, who had lost four of their
previous five games, including a 93-88 home setback to
Philadelphia on Friday.
Gordon scored just four points in 14 minutes in that one but had
15 in the first half to help Chicago open a 59-41 advantage.
Minnesota, which trailed by as many as 24 points in the first
half, pulled within 75-74 on a 3-pointer by Troy Hudson with
But Bulls rookie Andres Nocioni countered with a jumper and
Gordon added seven straight Chicago points to open an 87-76
cushion with 5:23 to play. Minnesota got no closer than five
Sam Cassell scored 17 points and reigning league MVP Kevin
Garnett chipped in 16 and a season high-tying 21 rebounds for
Minnesota, which had a five-game road winning streak snapped.