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

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.