Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Warriors84Final
Bulls85
Game 2: Monday, November 14th
Bulls82Final
Warriors100

Warriors 84

(3-2, 2-1 away)

Bulls 85

(2-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CSNC

7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2005

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 T
GS 28 21 19 1684
CHI 20 19 28 1885

Top Performers

Golden State: D. Fisher 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Chicago: K. Hinrich 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast

Sweetney, Hinrich key Bulls past Warriors.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Win or lose, the Chicago Bulls at least are making things interesting.

Michael Sweetney hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds to put Chicago ahead, and Tyson Chandler's rotation on defense helped preserve an 85-84 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

"Games are gonna be like this," Chandler said. "It's good for us to be able to pull them out, but there's also got to be some games where we kind of run away."

That hasn't happened yet.

The Bulls (2-2) have had two games go into overtime, and two that ended in regulation which were decided by a point.

Chicago won despite committing a season-high 26 turnovers.

Kirk Hinrich scored 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Ben Gordon added 12 points and Sweetney scored nine -- none bigger than the final two.

With the Warriors ahead 84-83, Hinrich found Sweetney on the right block. Troy Murphy fouled him, and Sweetney hit both free throws to put the Bulls ahead.

"I told Kirk, 'Don't worry. Just throw it, I'll catch it," said Sweetney, acquired with Tim Thomas from New York in the Eddy Curry trade.

Bulls coach Scott Skiles said, "We were going to Sweetney, no matter who he had on him. I was kind of surprised they did not substitute Adonal Foyle when we went out there with two big guys. Mike did the exact right thing ... power it up at the basket and get a three-point play the old-fashioned way or make a couple free throws."

The Warriors had one last chance.

Baron Davis nearly lost the ball along the sideline and had to call a 20-second timeout. After a foul by Chandler, Jason Richardson caught the inbounds and drove by Luol Deng. Chandler stepped in, raised his arms, and Richardson's floater missed as another wild game involving the Bulls ended.

"I had seen Richardson come off early and come off open, so I knew I was eventually going to have to help," Chandler said. "I didn't want to help too early because I didn't want my man to get the ball and take the shot."

Richardson thought he was fouled and yelled at the referees before heading to the locker room. But mostly, he was angry at himself.

"I'm not even going to explain that," he said. "The ball's in my hands, I'm one of the go-to guys on the team, and I have to find a way to get that ball in the basket -- plain and simple. The team depends on me to get the ball in the basket. They are not depending on me to get a foul. So the next time, I have to make sure the ball is in the basket."

Davis scored 17 points and Richardson and Derek Fisher added 15 apiece for the Warriors, who were trying to complete their first three-game road sweep since December 1992.

Gordon hit three free throws after being fouled by Fisher to give the Bulls an 80-78 lead with 1:43 remaining. A falling Fisher banked in a three from the wing to make it 81-80, and the Bulls regained the lead, 83-81, on Andres Nocioni's 3-pointer with 1:05 left.

With about 40 seconds left, Gordon threw a bad outlet pass toward Hinrich, resulting in a turnover. Golden State worked the ball to Mike Dunleavy, who missed seven of his first eight shots before hitting a three that put the Warriors back on top, 84-83, with 11.3 seconds left.

That didn't last.

With Duhon nursing a bone bruise on his right knee, Bulls coach Scott Skiles opted to keep reigning sixth man of the year Ben Gordon on the bench and start Piatkowski at shooting guard.

Duhon injured the knee in a collision with Charlotte's Raymond Felton in last week's season-opener but finished with his first triple-double (18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds). He had 11 points and 10 assists against New Jersey on Saturday but was just 2-of-9 with four points against San Antonio on Monday.

"It really bothered him in the San Antonio game," Skiles said.

Skiles never considered starting Gordon, who was averaging a team-high 17.0 points heading into the game.

Game notes


The Bulls' first three games were decided by a total of 14 points -- a 109-105 season-opening overtime victory over New Orleans, a 100-99 loss to New Jersey and a 104-95 overtime loss to San Antonio. ... Warriors F Andris Biedrins missed his fourth game with a sprained right ankle. ... The Warriors and Bulls meet again Nov. 14. ... In December 1992, the Warriors won at Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
CHI
Points 84 85
FGM-FGA 30-89 (.337) 31-67 (.463)
3PM-3PA 9-31 (.290) 6-12 (.500)
FTM-FTA 15-20 (.750) 17-26 (.654)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-42 7-45
Assists 20 17
Turnovers 15 26
Steals 9 7
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 4 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 3

Top Performers

Golden State
Chicago
Derek Fisher Fisher
Points: 15
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
Points: 23
Reb: 5
Ast: 6
Stl: 0
Blk: 0