Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Thursday, November 13th
Mavericks91Final
Bulls98
Game 2: Saturday, February 7th
Bulls114Final
OT
Mavericks115

Mavericks 91

(2-6, 2-3 away)

Bulls 98

(4-5, 4-2 home)

    Coverage: CSNC

    8:30 PM ET, November 13, 2008

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 32 18 20 2191
    CHI 22 29 27 2098

    Top Performers

    Dallas: E. Dampier 16 Pts, 18 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Chicago: B. Gordon 35 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast

    Gordon, Bulls erase early 19-point deficit to drop Howard, Mavericks

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- They barely had time to work up a sweat before the Chicago Bulls found themselves trailing by 19 points Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

    And less than six minutes into the game, the boos started rolling across the United Center.

    Fast Facts

    • The Bulls won for just the third time in their last 21 meetings with the Mavericks.

    • The Mavericks have now lost four straight and their 2-6 start is Dallas' worst since its 1-8 opening to the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season (Dirk Nowitzki's rookie year).

    • Dallas center Erick Dampier had 18 rebounds for the Mavericks, the most in his career since hauling in 26 boards against the 76ers on January 29, 2005.

    -- ESPN research

    "It's only the first quarter of an NBA game, so I knew we'd come from behind somehow," Chicago rookie Derrick Rose said.

    And that's what the Bulls did. They turned up the defense, started running the floor, then caught up and passed the Mavericks for a 98-91 victory, sending Dallas to its fourth straight loss.

    "They were attacking us with transition and they put us on our heels early," said Ben Gordon, who led the Bulls with 35 points, keeping them close early on after they fell behind 24-5. "We started attacking them and we started getting back on defense and that really helped us.

    "We are on our home court and we're down 24-to something, whatever it was. We heard the fans starting to boo us, and I think everybody started taking it a little personal."

    But all was forgiven by the fourth quarter, when the Bulls pulled away.

    "There is no such thing as a 17- or a 19-point shot. We just had to chip away at the lead, play good defense, run the floor and get some of the shots we wanted, which we were finally able to do," Rose said.

    Rose, who shot 1-for-8 in the first half, was 6-for-7 in the third quarter, when he scored 14 of his 16 points. Luol Deng added 20 points.

    Josh Howard, returning after missing two games with sore wrist, led Dallas with 21 points and added 11 rebounds. Erick Dampier scored 16 and pulled down 18 boards.

    "It's disappointing. We desperately need a win," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm just surprised at our lack of fight. I don't know how else to put it."

    Dallas blew out to a 24-5 lead less than six minutes into the game before Chicago recovered for a one-point halftime lead. In the third quarter, Rose's play helped the Bulls take control and go up 78-70 with a quarter left.

    Chicago's Larry Hughes, making his regular-season debut after dislocating his shoulder in a preseason game last month, hit a jumper, made a 3-pointer and then came up with a steal in the fourth quarter that led to Tyrus Thomas' follow-up slam. That dunk, two free throws by Thomas, a drive by Gordon and a jumper by Deng completed an 11-0 run that made it 96-79 with 6:08 left.

    Dallas cut it to seven with a minute left on Howard's free throw, but missed several shots to pull closer.

    "We don't play defense," Dallas guard Jason Kidd said. "That's been our problem. First six minutes we were playing defense and found ourselves up and that was it. We have as many offensive weapons [as anyone] in the league, but we got to find some guys who want to play defense."

    Dallas came out running and threatened to blow the Bulls out in the first quarter. Howard had 11 points and the Mavericks hit eight of their first nine shots. The Bulls were flat offensively, missing 12 straight shots after Drew Gooden's jumper in the opening minute.

    But just as quickly, the Bulls found their rhythm, reeling off 13 straight points behind seven from Gordon, cutting the lead to four. Chicago ended up trailing by 10 after one quarter when the Mavs' DeSagana Diop tipped in a shot just before the buzzer.

    The Bulls shot 28 percent in the opening quarter to 55 percent for the Mavs. And strangely enough, those percentages were reversed in the second quarter -- 55 percent for Chicago and 28 percent for the Mavs.

    With Chicago down by 12 in the second quarter, Deng led the Bulls on a 22-9 run with 12 points, hitting a late driving basket for a 51-50 halftime lead.

    A 15-6 spurt to start the second half gave the Bulls a 66-56 lead as Rose scored eight.

    Game notes


    Dirk Nowitzki scored only 12 for the Mavs, shooting 5-for-17. Gordon shot 12-of-21 for the Bulls. ... The Mavs had won 18 of 20 against the Bulls, including eight of nine in Chicago before Thursday night. ... Gooden was back for the Bulls after sitting out two games with a sprained right ankle. Newly acquired Bulls guard Lindsey Hunter didn't play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAL
    CHI
    Points 91 98
    FGM-FGA 32-87 (.368) 35-85 (.412)
    3PM-3PA 4-15 (.267) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 25-33 (.758)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-54 10-46
    Assists 15 13
    Turnovers 14 7
    Steals 3 7
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 13 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 19 17

    Top Performers

    Dallas
    Chicago
    Erick Dampier Dampier
    Points: 16
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Ben Gordon Gordon
    Points: 35
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0