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
"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
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
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
"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
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.
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.