SEATTLE (AP) -- With the game in the balance, Chicago's Ben
Gordon has a good time.
The rookie guard scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth
quarter, including a runner with 12.1 seconds left that put Chicago
ahead for good, to lead the Bulls to a 100-97 victory over the
Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.
"I've been playing ball my whole life, and you look forward to
situations like that. I look at that situation as fun," said
Gordon, who posted a double-digit point total in the fourth quarter
for a league-leading 18th time this season. "I was just trying to
make it. I made up for the other shots I missed a little earlier."
The Sonics lost their third in a row for the first time all
season, while Chicago extended its winning streak to three games.
"It's an 82-game season but we can't keep our heads down,"
Seattle's Antonio Daniels said. "No one is going so feel sorry for
us. We've got to go on the road and take care of business and
continue to be greedy. If we win three games on the road, these
games won't even matter."
Seattle gets a chance to avenge Friday's loss with a rematch
with Chicago on Tuesday.
The Bulls led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter, 78-71
with 10:28 to play, but Seattle grabbed a 97-96 lead on a layup by
Nick Collison with 20.7 seconds left.
Gordon then put the Bulls ahead with a 14-footer.
On Seattle's next possession, Ray Allen had his 20-foot jumper
blocked by Tyson Chandler. Chris Duhon recovered the loose ball and
was fouled. Duhon made one of two free throws to give Chicago a
two-point lead with 4.5 seconds left.
Still with a chance to tie, Rashard Lewis was fouled under the
basket by Eddie Curry with 1.2 seconds left. Lewis missed the first
and then missed the second intentionally, and Tyson Chandler
rebounded and made a free throw for the final margin.
"At that point of the game, you put it in your best player's
hand," McMillan said of Allen and Lewis. "You've got to make the
free throws and it didn't happen. In this game you make breaks for
yourself and that team made the plays.
Lewis led all scorers with 27. Allen added 17, and Luke Ridnour
Curry had 17 points, Antonio Davis had 13 and Chandler 12 for
"I was really happy with how we kept our heads late," said
Bulls coach Scott Skiles. "We've had lots of close games. Our guys
fought for it. I know they would have been heartbroken if we
weren't able to come up with it."
For nearly two full quarters, the scoreboard was incorrect -- off
by three points to the Bulls' advantage. Chicago appeared to
receive six points on a converted three-point play by Chandler in
the second quarter. The points were not taken off the board until
the start of the fourth quarter after the official scorers and
representatives from the Sonics and Bulls sorted through the
"I was just hoping that we wouldn't get into a situation where
we were up by two in the fourth quarter and then all of a sudden
they'd be up by one," said Chandler.
At the end of the third quarter, the scoreboard had the Bulls
leading 78-69. Before play began in the fourth quarter, those
mysterious three points were finally taken away and the score was
adjusted to 75-69.
"We didn't know exactly how many points, but we knew the score
was off," said Skiles. "When we came out after the half, they
said they were going to adjust the score. I just thought it was odd
that we were playing so long without the proper score. It's crazy.
I've never seen anything like it."<
^Notes:@ Sonics F Danny Fortson did not suit up. Coach Nate
McMillan threw Fortson out of Thursday's practice after the two
engaged in a shouting match. General manager Rick Sund felt that
Fortson's behavior was inappropriate and determined that the
forward would be held out of action against Chicago, but not under
a suspension. McMillan said he and Fortson had a good, long talk in
the morning and the two are ready to move forward. ... F Reggie
Evans left the game with a left ankle injury with 4:14 to play in
the game. ... The Bulls' 32 wins are their most since the 1997-98
campaign, when they went 62-20.