Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 12th
Game 3: Saturday, March 19th

Bulls 94

(33-31, 14-18 away)

76ers 88

(32-34, 18-14 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, March 19, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 27 20 20 2794
PHI 25 30 16 1788

Top Performers

Chicago: K. Hinrich 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 31 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl

Gordon leads Chicago's fourth-quarter rally

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chris Duhon chased Allen Iverson around all night on the defensive end and still had enough energy to contribute some offense for the Chicago Bulls.

The rookie guard hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter while helping to hold Iverson to six points in the final period of the Bulls' 94-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Iverson, playing his second straight game with a chipped bone in his left thumb, led the Sixers with 31 points. But he converted just 9-of-24 from the field and committed 11 turnovers, one short of his season-high set March 8 against Golden State.

"My legs are a little tired right now," Duhon said of guarding Iverson. "He's a tremendous player, so quick and no one guy can play him. You need help and the big guys did just that."

Othella Harrington scored a season-high 24 points and Ben Gordon had eight of his 22 in the fourth quarter as the Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak.

It was Duhon's effort which earned the praise of Bulls coach Scott Skiles.

"Duhon was just great," Skiles said. "He took a big charge, made a big basket and did a real good job on Allen Iverson."

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, said he merely played a sub-par game.

"Tonight was just a bad game, that's all," Iverson said. "That's it. The calls weren't going our way and I missed a lot of shots I normally make."

Kirk Hinrich contributed 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Chris Webber was a late scratch for the 76ers with a compressed nerve in his left leg. Philadelphia is 6-6 since acquiring Webber in a trade with the Sacramento Kings.

The team did not announce how long it expected Webber to be sidelined.

"I knew that he had discomfort in his Achilles when he woke up today," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "The staff called me and said they would check him out. When he came in, there was some swelling. They got it down but it was too tender for him to play."

The Bulls overcame a poor shooting performance (37 percent) with some clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter.

After Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert cut the lead to 89-87 with 2:00 remaining, the Bulls responded with a basket by Antonio Davis and a three-point play by Tyson Chandler to seal the victory. Davis had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Dalembert had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds while Marc Jackson added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers.

The Sixers, who shot 27-of-76 from the field (36 percent) and just 5-of-20 from 3-point territory, led 73-67 with 11:05 left in regulation.

But the Bulls went on a 12-0 run to take a 79-73 lead with 7:28 to go.

Philadelphia did not hit a field goal for the first 4:49 of the fourth quarter.

"You always try not to get too frustrated," O'Brien said. "We have to take better care of the ball. We have to get loose balls, and we have to take pride once we challenge shots to go in as a team and rebound the ball."

Game notes

Bulls forward Eddy Curry missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 94 88
FGM-FGA 34-91 (.374) 27-76 (.355)
3PM-3PA 7-23 (.304) 5-20 (.250)
FTM-FTA 19-22 (.864) 29-36 (.806)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-49 10-49
Assists 17 16
Turnovers 14 22
Steals 9 9
Blocks 3 3
Fast Break Points 8 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (3/0) 22 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 9

Top Performers

Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
Points: 21
Reb: 8
Ast: 9
Stl: 3
Blk: 1
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 31
Reb: 2
Ast: 7
Stl: 4
Blk: 0