CHICAGO (AP) -- In the past, the Bulls would have folded after
allowing 14 straight points and blowing a 10-point lead in the
Not this season.
Rookie Ben Gordon scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth
quarter, leading Chicago to a 107-102 victory over the Sacramento
Kings on Tuesday night.
The Bulls snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Kings, beating
them for the first time since Feb. 28, 1998. They withstood a 14-0
Kings run in the third quarter.
Eddy Curry scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds for Chicago,
which handed the Kings a rare Eastern Conference loss. They are
15-3 against East teams.
Chris Webber put the Kings up 91-90 with a jumper with 3:08
left, then the Bulls pulled away. Gordon hit two free throws and
Kirk Hinrich made a 3-pointer for a 95-91 edge and the Bulls led
the rest of the way.
"That was really huge for us, that really showed our
maturity," said Curry. "They came back and jumped on us early (in
the third quarter) and took the lead, then we were able to battle
back and not let it get out of hand, then we took it away from
Brad Miller had a three-point play for the Kings to cut the lead
to 100-98 with a minute left, but Gordon answered for the Bulls
with a jumper.
Miller hit a basket with 39.8 seconds left that would've cut the
Chicago lead to two, but was whistled for an offensive foul after
the officials discussed the call.
"I just don't understand. How can you be so absolute if it
didn't happen. That's a big play," said Kings coach Rick Adelman.
"They said they had to get it right, that's what (official) Luis
Grillo told me. 'We got to get it right.' So I told him ... 'Well
you got it wrong."
Miller scored 23 points and had nine rebounds, and Mike Bibby
had 21 points and seven assists.
Webber fouled out with 1:09 left. He had 15 points and nine
rebounds. Webber shot 1-of-12 in the first half for the Kings and
scored just two points.
Trailing 56-46 early in the third quarter, the Kings responded
by outscoring the Bulls 14-0 in a 2:14 span. Cuttino Mobley and
Bibby hit three consecutive 3s, giving the Kings a 60-56 lead.
Mobley ended the game with 20 points.
"I felt like we started the third quarter pretty good. Then of
all of sudden it just hit us and we started dragging a little
bit," said Bulls coach Scott Skiles. "Sacramento is a great
offensive club. You turn your head for a second and they hit
The Bulls went on a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter.
Curry scored six points in the span. He had 11 in the quarter.
Luol Deng, Othella Harrington and Gordon all scored 12 points in
the half for the Bulls, who shot 54.3 percent and led 53-44 at
Deng and Harrington both ended up with 15 points and Hinrich
scored 11 points with 12 assists.
"I think we are just playing together more as a team. More and
more players are contributing in key moments," said Gordon.
"That's the way you do it in big ballgames against good teams like
^Notes: Before the game, Mobley was fined $10,000 by the NBA for his
protest after referees did not call goaltending on his last-minute
shot during a loss to Dallas. Mobley had to be restrained from
going after the officials by Miller on Friday night. ... Both teams
were without key players. Bulls forward Tyson Chandler's close
fried died on Monday and Chandler flew home to California, but
plans on being back with the team in Toronto for Wednesday's game
against the Raptors. Kings forward Peja Stojakovic missed the game
because of flulike symptoms. He traveled back to Sacramento and
will miss Wednesday's game against the Nets.