Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/17

Game 1: Monday, October 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, October 26th

Bulls 92

(3-5, 1-3 away)

Timberwolves 100

(3-4, 1-2 home)

Coverage: CSNC

7:00 PM ET, October 26, 2005

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

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CHI 19 31 15 2792
MIN 26 27 23 24100

Duhon carted off with neck injury as Bulls lose to T-Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The NBA's best sixth man may be headed to the starting lineup.

The Chicago Bulls lost guard Chris Duhon to a neck injury in Wednesday night's 100-92 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Duhon was carried off the floor on a stretcher after being fouled by Eddie Griffin on a drive to the basket late in the first period. Team officials said Duhon was conscious, had movement in his extremities and complained of a sore neck.

He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be checked for a concussion. Preliminary tests showed nothing serious, but he was kept overnight for observation.

"He was in some sort of pain, but he was responsive," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.

Duhon's injury means Ben Gordon, last year's sixth man of the year, could be headed to the starting lineup. Gordon was scoreless and missed all seven shots, but had 10 assists.

"It's all up to coach," Gordon said. "Whatever happens with the team, I'll be ready to step up and do something positive."

The Timberwolves, who were led by Wally Szczerbiak's 19 points, have their own injury problems. Former MVP Kevin Garnett missed the game with a sprained left ankle, but coach Dwane Casey said that was just for precautionary measures.

Michael Olowokandi hit his first three shots of the game to get the Wolves off to a quick start and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Szczerbiak has missed some time with a foot injury, but he looked just fine on Wednesday.

"They've been smart with this injury and it just paid off," Szczerbiak said. "We're getting coach Casey's message. We're getting better."

Griffin added 13 points and rookie Rashad McCants had 15 for the Timberwolves, who shot 51 percent. Anthony Carter also played well, with nine points, seven assists and five steals.

Michael Sweetney, acquired from New York in a trade earlier this month, continued a strong preseason with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng added 18 and eight rebounds for Chicago.

Game notes

The Bulls had two buzzer-beaters at the end of the first and second quarters. Sweetney hit a mid-range jumper at the end of the first and Eric Piatkowski drilled a 29-footer just before halftime. ... Bulls F Tim Thomas played for the first time in five games despite being listed as questionable with a sprained left ankle. He had six points on 3-of-11 shooting.

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