Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Friday, December 23rd
Bulls77Final
Grizzlies95
Game 2: Saturday, January 7th
Grizzlies82Final
Bulls111

Grizzlies 82

(21-11, 10-6 away)

Bulls 111

(14-19, 6-10 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 7, 2006

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 23 21 15 2382
    CHI 30 24 30 27111

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    Chicago: K. Hinrich 26 Pts, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hot-shooting Bulls end Grizzlies' five-game win streak

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Just 24 hours after one of their best defensive performances of the season, the Memphis Grizzlies played flatfooted and slow against a Chicago Bulls team in constant motion.

    "They were a little tired. We smelled that," Chicago guard Ben Gordon said.

    And the Bulls made the most of the opportunity against a team that was allowing an NBA-low 86.7 points entering the game.

    Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points and fellow guard Gordon had 21 as the Bulls shot 62 percent and routed the Grizzlies 111-82 Saturday night, ending Memphis' five-game winning streak.

    "We were able to come out and do what we wanted to on the offensive end," Gordon said. "Kirk and I have to be able to feed off each other and we were able to do that."

    Hinrich and Gordon outscored the Grizzlies' starting backcourt of Bobby Jackson and Eddie Jones 47-11 in Memphis' most lopsided loss of the season.

    "They shot the ball excellent, but our defense was pretty terrible, too," Jones said. "We knew coming in their guards could really shoot the ball. It was our inability to get to them."

    Hinrich shot 9-of-12 from the field and Gordon, in just his sixth start of the season, was 7-for-11. Chicago finished 11-of-15 on 3-pointers.

    Up by 10 at the half, the Bulls started the third quarter with an 11-4 run as Hinrich hit a quick jumper and a 3-pointer and Chicago went up 65-48.

    Hitting wide open shots and driving through the lane to set up easy perimeter shots against what is usually a tough defensive team, the Bulls increased the lead to 84-59 after three when Chris Duhon sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "We work on it a lot, the draw-and-kick. It's something we should be good at because we work at it," Hinrich said.

    Antonio Burks scored a career-high 18 points and Pau Gasol had 15 for the Grizzlies.

    "It was a matter of energy and hustle," said Gasol, who'd scored 27 on Friday night with 18 rebounds in a win over the Jazz. "We were a little too flat without the energy necessary to win a game like this when a team is playing with that kind of confidence."

    Memphis held Utah to 65 points and 31 percent shooting -- both season lows -- on Friday night, but, looking a step slow, couldn't slow the Bulls.

    "They played last night, too," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "Not much to say other than they put a beating on us tonight."

    Chicago, which ended an eight-game losing streak on Friday night in Milwaukee, made 11 of its 16 first-quarter field goal attempts (69 percent) Saturday and took a seven-point lead.

    Coach Scott Skills used his eighth different starting lineup Friday night to shake the slump and stuck with it Saturday.

    "Some guys were passing up good shots to get great shots," said Skiles, who after a loss last Monday said he was embarrassed by his team's performance.

    "We have to share the ball and we're a fun team to watch when we play like that," he added.

    An 11-2 second-quarter run helped Chicago take a 54-44 halftime lead. Hinrich had 16 points in the half on 5-of-7 shooting and the Bulls finished 56 percent from the field.

    Gasol scored 13 on 5-of-6 shooting.

    Game notes


    Bulls C Tyson Chandler missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... Hinrich and Gordon had 28 points combined in the first half, five more than the Grizzlies have allowed starting backcourts per game this season. ... Chicago ended a five-game homecourt losing streak and is 6-10 at the United Center. ... The Bulls have back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 20-29, when they won four straight.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MEM
    CHI
    Points 82 111
    FGM-FGA 27-69 (.391) 41-66 (.621)
    3PM-3PA 3-13 (.231) 11-15 (.733)
    FTM-FTA 25-31 (.806) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-27 6-33
    Assists 14 28
    Turnovers 17 20
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 2 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 30

    Top Performers

    Memphis
    Chicago
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Kirk Hinrich Hinrich
    Points: 26
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0