MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls are finally seeing some
results from their hard work.
"We played great defense and with a lot of heart," Curry said.
"All the hard work is starting to transfer over into wins. I think
the biggest thing is our guys came in with a team job on defense.
The defense is the key."
Chicago won for the just the second time on the road this
season, while Memphis lost its second straight in an uninspired
performance at home.
"We did not convert. We missed dunks, and we had careless
turnovers," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "It was definitely
agony to watch. I don't think this team is in any way representing
Pau Gasol scored 24 points, but had only one rebound until
getting his second with 16 seconds remaining. The two rebounds were
a season-low for Gasol.
The Bulls used a 16-4 burst in the fourth to take the lead,
thanks partially to five Grizzlies' turnovers.
By the end of the stretch, the Bulls were up 87-76, and Memphis
got no closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Bulls didn't commit a turnover in the final quarter and
Gordon helped hold off the Grizzlies with 11 points.
"We certainly had one of our better efforts in the second
half," Hinrich said. "Sometimes we come out in the third quarter
and have a lapse, but we played strong the whole half."
Hinrich added six assists, while Tyson Chandler had 10 rebounds
for the Bulls.
Memphis led 48-44 at the break, but the lead could have been
larger. The Bulls had 11 first-half turnovers, including eight in
the second period.
Memphis was ahead 46-33 after a dunk by Posey with 3:30 left in
the half before Chicago used an 11-2 run to close the second
period, capped by Eric Piatkowski's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Bulls tied it a couple of times in the third quarter and
consecutive 3-pointers by Hinrich in the closing minutes helped the
Bulls take a 71-70 lead into the fourth.
"I definitely noticed that they didn't really have that same
bounce and that same fire that they had at the beginning of the
game," Curry said of the Grizzlies.
Memphis players said the lack of intensity in the final quarter
is a sign that they still have work to do if they are going to
start winning consistently.
"Bottom line is we're not executing," Miller said. "We're the
players. We've got to play. (Fratello) can put in the best offense
in the world, but until we go out and execute, and play like we're
capable of playing, we're not going to win games."
Bulls coach Scott Skiles took an early exit after
back-to-back technicals in the second quarter. Skiles argued with
official Leroy Richardson about a call and didn't stop after the
first technical. Assistant coach Jim Boylan took over for Skiles.
... Grizzlies F Shane Battier did not dress because of a sprained
ankle sustained Monday night against Cleveland. Battier is listed
day-to-day. ... Memphis activated Williams prior to the game and
put G Antonio Burks on the injured list. Burks suffered a broken
right pinkie finger against Cleveland and had surgery Wednesday.
He's expected to miss 6-8 weeks. ... Miller entered the game as one
of the league's top 3-point shooters at 48 percent, but was 2-of-7
from long range.