Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/7

Game 1: Monday, January 7th
Game 2: Saturday, February 2nd

Bulls 97

(10-35, 2-21 away)

SuperSonics 91

(23-23, 13-9 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    5:00 PM ET, February 2, 2002

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 18 26 12 4197
    SEA 22 20 27 2291

    Top Performers

    Chi: M. World Peace 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 8 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sea: V. Baker 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Bulls rally from 14-point deficit

    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls think it's about time they start winning some of the close ones.

    A.J. Guyton scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls overcame a 13-point deficit to earn a rare road victory, 97-91 over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.

    "The second half of this season is going to be a learning experience, and the learning is going to come from winning these types of games," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "The guys showed a lot of courage tonight. They hung in and they hung tough."

    The Bulls ended a 26-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams, dating to a victory over the Clippers on Feb. 6, 2000, in Los Angeles.

    "It feels great to win anywhere, but on the road, where we've struggled, it's even better," Guyton said.

    The Bulls won for only the second time in 23 road games this season, improving to 10-35 overall, while the Sonics lost their third straight home game after a 3-1 road trip.

    "It's very disappointing," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We never got control of this game. If you allow a team like Chicago to hang around, luck can come their way and they got the breaks in the final quarter."

    The Bulls are 6-12 since Cartwright took over on Dec. 28, replacing Tim Floyd who resigned. Guyton said Cartwright's promotion from assistant coach created a new attitude on the team.

    "Coach Cartwright brought in a system that's a more professional system," Guyton said.

    Trailing 69-56 after three quarters, the Bulls hit six of eight 3-point shots in the final quarter, including Guyton's three 3-pointers in three tries.

    "Once the fourth quarter started, we changed our defenses up," Cartwright said. "I think our zone bothered them."

    Brad Miller led Chicago with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Ron Artest added 16 points and eight steals for the Bulls, who earned their first road victory of the season on Jan. 17 in Atlanta.

    "This was nice, real nice," Miller said. "We've been reading the newspapers. We knew how long it was since we last won a road game against the West."

    Vin Baker scored 23 points, nine in the final quarter, and Gary Payton had 21 for the Sonics, who fell to 23-23 in ending their most disappointing week of the season.

    "They got back in the game shooting 3s," Baker said. "I don't think anybody in this locker room thought that would happen. But it did."

    Getting two 3-pointers from Guyton and one apiece from Trenton Hassell and Artest at the start of the final period, the Bulls took the lead on Hassell's second 3-pointer of the quarter at 76-75 with 7:37 to go. After Payton tied it with a free throw, the Bulls then ran off 10 unanswered points that included Guyton's third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter.

    Miller's offensive rebound put-back and free throw for a three-point play put Chicago ahead 86-76 with 4:48 left.

    Brent Barry's 3-pointer and Baker's put-back cut Seattle's deficit to 86-81. After a free throw by Hassell, Baker made a layup to cut Chicago's lead to 87-83 with 3:15 on the clock, but Guyton made a 15-footer with 2:06 to go.

    The Sonics had an 18-3 run at the end of the third quarter to take a 69-56 lead, with Payton and Baker each scoring eight points. In the final 21 seconds, Payton converted a technical foul called on Marcus Fizer for throwing the ball after he was charged with a personal foul and then made three free throws after being fouled by Guyton.

    Game notes
    The Bulls were without forward Charles Oakley because of a sore right wrist. Oakley, in his 17th NBA season, has played in 39 games this season, 32 starts. ... Calvin Booth, supposed to be Seattle's starting center this season, had the protective boot taken off his sprained right ankle Friday. "If we can get him in there playing, he can help us," coach Nate McMillan said before the game. "But we won't look at him until after the All-Star game. That's our plan." Booth has been on the injured list since Dec. 12 and has played in just 15 of the Sonics' 46 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 91
    FGM-FGA 35-83 (.422) 31-72 (.431)
    3PM-3PA 8-19 (.421) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 24-30 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 12-41
    Assists 23 18
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 15 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Metta World Peace World Peace
    Points: 16
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 8
    Blk: 1
    Vin Baker Baker
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2