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