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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHICAGO          20   23   25   20    88   
      NEW YORK         28   20   19   19    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHI - LUOL DENG 19, BEN GORDON 17, KIRK 
                      HINRICH 13
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 25, KURT THOMAS 16, 
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 13

Box Score

CHICAGO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 13 1-2 2-2 1-1 0 2 4 L Deng 38 8-15 1-2 4-10 3 1 19 E Curry 39 5-16 2-3 1-3 0 4 12 C Duhon 19 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 K Hinrich 45 6-17 0-0 1-13 8 4 14 T Chandler 26 1-6 5-6 5-13 0 5 7 B Gordon 19 7-14 2-3 1-2 0 0 17 A Nocioni 24 4-6 3-4 4-11 3 2 13 A Griffin 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Piatkowski 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 A Davis DNP - BACK MUSCLE STRAIN J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 15-20 17-56 16 18 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (L Deng 2-4, K Hinrich 2-7, B Gordon 1-4, A Nocioni 2-2, E Piatkowski 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (E Curry 2, T Chandler 2, A Nocioni). Turnovers:17 (K Hinrich 4, E Curry 2, T Chandler 2, C Duhon 2, A Nocioni 2, B Gordon 2, O Harrington, L Deng, A Griffin). Steals: 2 (K Hinrich, A Nocioni). NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 38 8-17 0-0 1-6 2 5 16 Je Williams 28 1-2 3-6 2-5 2 3 5 N Mohammed 26 3-7 1-1 3-9 0 3 7 A Houston 25 5-10 0-0 0-1 0 0 13 S Marbury 40 8-14 9-10 1-2 7 2 25 T Ariza 17 0-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 J Crawford 27 4-14 0-0 0-5 3 2 8 M Sweetney 25 3-6 6-8 2-8 0 3 12 J Brewer 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 T Thomas 4 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 V Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 19-27 9-38 16 19 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (A Houston 3-6, J Crawford 0-7, T Thomas 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (M Sweetney 2, K Thomas, T Ariza, J Crawford). Turnovers:8 (N Mohammed 2, M Sweetney 2, K Thomas, T Ariza, J Crawford, S Marbury). Steals: 10 (Je Williams 2, N Mohammed 2, J Crawford 2, K Thomas, S Marbury, M Sweetney, T Ariza). ------------------------------------------- CHICAGO 20 23 25 20 - 88 NEW YORK 28 20 19 19 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,040. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, David Jones, Gary Zielinski.


Extended Box

CHICAGO (88) AT NEW YORK (86) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 13 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 L DENG F 38 8-15 1-2 4 6 10 3 1 0 1 19 E CURRY C 39 5-16 2-3 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 12 C DUHON G 19 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 0 K HINRICH G 45 6-17 0-0 1 12 13 8 4 1 4 14 T CHANDLER 26 1-6 5-6 5 8 13 0 5 0 2 7 B GORDON 19 7-14 2-3 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 17 A NOCIONI 24 4-6 3-4 4 7 11 3 2 1 2 13 A GRIFFIN 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 E PIATKOWSKI 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 A DAVIS DNP - BACK MUSCLE STRAIN J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-81 15-20 17 39 56 16 18 2 17 88 (.407) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18 (15 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 38 8-17 0-0 1 5 6 2 5 1 1 16 JE WILLIAMS F 28 1-2 3-6 2 3 5 2 3 2 0 5 N MOHAMMED C 26 3-7 1-1 3 6 9 0 3 2 2 7 A HOUSTON G 25 5-10 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 S MARBURY G 40 8-14 9-10 1 1 2 7 2 1 1 25 T ARIZA 17 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 J CRAWFORD 27 4-14 0-0 0 5 5 3 2 2 1 8 M SWEETNEY 25 3-6 6-8 2 6 8 0 3 1 2 12 J BREWER 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 T THOMAS 4 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 V BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-78 19-27 9 29 38 16 19 10 8 86 (.410) (.704) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9 (3 PTS) CHICAGO 20 23 25 20 - 88 NEW YORK 28 20 19 19 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - E CURRY 2, T CHANDLER 2, A NOCIONI. NEW YORK - M SWEETNEY 2, K THOMAS, T ARIZA, J CRAWFORD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 7-18 (.389), L DENG 2-4, K HINRICH 2-7, B GORDON 1-4, A NOCIONI 2-2, E PIATKOWSKI 0-1. NEW YORK 3-14 (.214), A HOUSTON 3-6, J CRAWFORD 0-7, T THOMAS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DAVID JONES, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 19,040. T - 2:12.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Ben Gordon left the New York Knicks a tenth of a second, and Trent Tucker was nowhere to be found. On the 15-year anniversary of Tucker's landmark game-winner, Gordon threw in a driving floater with one tick left, giving the Chicago Bulls an 88-86 victory over the New York Knicks. The Bulls swept the home-and-home series and ran their season-high winning streak to seven games. The Knicks, who led by eight points with 3:33 left, lost for just the fourth time in 19 games on Martin Luther King Day. On the holiday 15 years ago, Tucker beat the Bulls with a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer off an inbounds pass with one-tenth of a second left. Following that season, a rule was put in place preventing catch-and-shoot shots with less than three-tenths of a second left on the clock. The rule came into effect in this contest as New York tried a catch-and-shoot play following Gordon's difficult driving shot. With rules allowing only a tip attempt, the play was ruled dead as soon as the ball did not head for the rim. "Coach (Skiles) is crazy about the rules so he told us to stay away," Bulls forward Tyson Chandler said. "We just guarded underneath the basket." The dramatic win was almost a carbon copy of Chicago's 86-84 victory over New York on Saturday. In that contest, the improving Bulls erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit, winning on a layup by Eddy Curry with 2.4 seconds left and a block at the buzzer by Tyson Chandler. In this one, Chicago got a tying 3-pointer by rookie Andres Nocioni with 56 seconds left. Nocioni grabbed three rebounds over the next 45 seconds, setting the stage for Gordon, another rookie. After scoring 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter Saturday, Gordon again saved his best for last. Thirteen of Gordon's 17 points came in the final 12 minutes, the last basket coming a slicing drive through the key before he lofted the shot over the outstretched arm of center Mike Sweetney. "It's his play. We just run the screen and it's his decision whether to shoot or not," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "He's not afraid to shoot it." "I had an open look. I just let it go and hoped for the best," Gordon said. The Knicks' defensive scheme was to force Gordon to the right side, but the shot went in anyway. "We sent him right where we wanted, but he's their go-to-guy," Knicks guard Jamal Crawford said. "I thought we were going to overtime." Gordon is averaging nearly 17 points per game this month and has seen his scoring average increase in each of the three months he has been in the league. "It was like a reunion with an old friend. I love playing here," said Gordon, a native of Mount Vernon who frequently played at Madison Square Garden while with Connecticut. "I just feel good that I got it going in the fourth quarter." Luol Deng, yet another rookie, led Chicago with 19 points. Kirk Hinrich added 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Bulls, who last won seven straight in 1997-98, the season of their last championship - and playoff berth. Scottie Pippen, a key member of that famed squad who also played in the 1990 game, watched Monday's contest from courtside. Chicago (17-18) moved within one game of .500 after starting the season with nine straight losses. "When we were 0-9, guys were laughing at us, but we stuck together," Chandler said. Stephon Marbury led New York with 25 points, making 8-of-14 shots. The rest of the Knicks combined to shoot 37.5 percent (24-of-64). New York, which led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, has dropped seven of its last eight games. "It comes down to one team getting stops," said Knicks guard Allan Houston, who scored 13 points. "We have to defend to the point where they aren't getting shots. We didn't do that." Crawford, a former Bull who missed the last 10 games with right turf toe, settled for eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. He was 0-of-7 from 3-point range.


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