CHICAGO (AP) -- His neck bothered him, and a 25-point deficit
didn't ease the pain. But Chris Duhon shrugged it off.
The second-year pro registered the first triple double of his
career, and the Chicago Bulls rallied to a 109-105 overtime victory
over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in the season-opener
for both teams.
Duhon finished with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting, 12 assists and
10 rebounds after spending a night in a hospital after being fouled
to the floor in a preseason game at Minnesota last week.
"When I got screened that didn't feel too good," Duhon said.
"But that's something you can play through. When you love this
game, you're always going to have bumps and bruises you need to
Tyson Chandler scored 11 points, including two shots in overtime
that gave the Bulls a four-point lead, and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Darius Songaila hit a 3-pointer that tied it in the final seconds
of regulation and finished with 11 points.
The Bobcats led by 25 in the third quarter and were ahead 89-68
going into the fourth only to see it disappear.
Duhon hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 34.1 seconds left in
regulation, and Songaila hit one from the top of the key to tie it
at 98 with 5.1 remaining.
Tied at 102 in overtime, Chandler scored down low to give the
Bulls a two-point lead with 2:12 remaining. He missed the free
throw, but added to the lead just over a minute later, when
Songaila hit him for a dunk.
The Bulls held off the Bobcats from there.
"Tough breaks, they got hot, they made plays," Felton said.
"We didn't really make plays at the end like we should have, but
those are minor mistakes that we could fix."
Wallace tied his career-high with 28 points, hitting 11-of-16
shots, and Emeka Okafor added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich twisted his left ankle after hitting a
layup with 2:48 left in the third quarter and left the game with
nine points. He'll be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Forwards Tim Thomas and Michael Sweetney -- acquired from New
York for Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis -- had unspectacular debuts
for Chicago. Sweetney had 10 points and four rebounds, while Thomas
had six points and one rebound.
Ben Gordon never found his rhythm. The NBA's sixth man of the
year as a rookie last season, was just 4-of-18 from the field and
finished with 14 points.
Charlotte held an 89-68 lead after three quarters, but Chicago
made a mad dash in the fourth quarter, going on 21-4 run to close
to within 95-89 and outscoring the Bobcats 30-9 in the fourth.
"Well, we took 11 3-point shots in that second half,"
Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We got totally out of
character in that situation. We had five turnovers in the first
half and we ended up with 18. The 3-point shots that Chicago made
were totally uncontested.
"What happened was that Chicago got Christmas early."
Leading the charge was Eric Piatkowski.
His 3-pointer with 3:24 left pulled the Bulls to within 95-87
and, after a timeout by Charlotte, he made it a six-point game with
a pull-up jumper.
"We needed someone to come in and give us a spark, and tonight
that was Pike," Duhon said.
Wallace hit a three from the corner to make it 98-89 with 2:22
remaining, but the Bulls weren't finished.
The Bulls -- losers of seven of their previous eight home-openers
-- tied a franchise record last season by dropping their first nine
games on their way to a 2-13 start. They turned things around,
finishing with 47 wins and reaching the playoffs for the first time
But they did not look like a playoff team on Wednesday -- until
"If we start games the way we did, it's going to come back and
bite us," Chandler said.
The Bulls opened their 40th NBA season. ... White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen received a standing ovation when he presented
a game ball to a fan before tipoff.