Bulls 96, Warriors 91, OT
Luol Deng scored 21 points, Joakim Noah finished with 18 points
and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Golden State
Warriors 96-91 in overtime on Friday night to snap a four-game
Deng and Derrick Rose had back-to-back baskets to put the Bulls,
who never trailed in overtime, up 93-89 with 2:54 left. Deng made
another jumper to make it 95-89 with 1:35 left.
The Bulls won for just the second time in 11 games, with the
Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers next on the schedule.
Monta Ellis finished with 27 points, six rebounds and five
assists for the Warriors, who have lost five of six.
Rose turned it over coming off an inbounds play with 29 seconds
left in regulation, but Ellis missed a driving layup attempt with 9
seconds remaining to give Chicago one more chance. Rose missed a
13-footer at the buzzer.
Rose finished with 15 and John Salmons had 11 for the Bulls, who
got a much-needed win after two straight embarrassing losses to the
New Jersey Nets and the Atlanta Hawks.
With the Bulls trailing 58-52 midway through the third quarter,
Deng scored nine points during a 15-0 run. He made a jumper to give
the Bulls a 59-58 lead and later capped off the run with a fadeaway
jumper to put the Bulls up 67-58.
The lead was quickly erased by the Warriors, who responded with
a 12-2 run, highlighted by a drive in the lane by Stephen Curry to
give Golden State a 70-69 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Bulls bounced back after a two-point loss Tuesday to New
Jersey, which came into Chicago with only one win, then a 118-83
defeat in Atlanta on Wednesday in one of their worst performances
of the season.
Corey Maggette had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
Anthony Morrow added 12 points.
The Warriors led 51-44 at the half. Ellis led the Warriors with
18 points. Brad Miller led the Bulls with 12 points, all coming in
the first quarter.
NOTES: The Warriors are 1-2 on a five-game road trip without
coach Don Nelson, who is recovering from pneumonia.