Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/11

Game 1: Saturday, December 11th
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Bulls99
Game 2: Sunday, February 13th
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Timberwolves83

Timberwolves 88

(13-7, 8-4 away)

Bulls 99

(4-14, 3-6 home)

    Coverage: KSTC

    7:30 PM ET, December 11, 2004

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 19 22 25 2288
    CHI 33 26 14 2699

    Top Performers

    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 snaps 10-game skid vs. Wolves

    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 76ers.

    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 10:18 remaining.

    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 points thereafter.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIN
    CHI
    Points 88 99
    FGM-FGA 33-92 (.359) 39-84 (.464)
    3PM-3PA 6-25 (.240) 8-16 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 16-18 (.889) 13-24 (.542)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-50 16-53
    Assists 19 23
    Turnovers 11 15
    Steals 4 3
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 7 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

    Top Performers

    Minnesota
    Chicago
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 16
    Reb: 21
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 19
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0