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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MEMPHIS          23   19   19   25    86   
      CHICAGO          26   25   24   19    94      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - BONZI WELLS 30, MIKE MILLER 11, BRIAN 
                      CARDINAL 10
                CHI - EDDY CURRY 25, BEN GORDON 17, TYSON 
                      CHANDLER 13

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - MIKE MILLER 9, SHANE BATTIER 8, BONZI 
                      WELLS 7
                CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 14, ANTONIO DAVIS 8, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - EARL WATSON 8, JASON WILLIAMS 4, SHANE 
                      BATTIER 3
                CHI - CHRIS DUHON 6, JANNERO PARGO 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   21,935

Box Score

MEMPHIS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 26 2-8 4-4 3-8 3 6 8 P Gasol 15 4-10 0-1 0-0 0 1 8 L Wright 32 2-9 3-6 1-4 1 2 7 J Williams 24 2-8 0-0 1-3 4 0 4 M Miller 41 5-10 0-0 1-9 2 2 11 B Cardinal 26 4-5 1-1 0-4 2 5 10 E Watson 25 1-3 1-2 0-2 8 0 4 B Wells 35 12-20 4-5 1-7 1 4 30 S Swift 16 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 J Posey DNP - RIGHT HIP CONTUSION J Tsakalidis DNP - ABSCESS TOOTH A Burks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 13-19 8-39 21 22 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (S Battier 0-1, J Williams 0-5, M Miller 1-5, B Cardinal 1-2, E Watson 1-1, B Wells 2-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (S Battier 2, M Miller). Turnovers:13 (P Gasol 3, B Wells 2, B Cardinal 2, E Watson 2, L Wright, S Swift, M Miller, S Battier). Steals: 8 (B Wells 2, B Cardinal 2, S Battier 2, J Williams, S Swift). CHICAGO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Nocioni 26 5-7 2-2 0-4 1 2 12 A Davis 19 1-2 3-6 4-8 2 2 5 E Curry 36 10-19 5-5 1-4 0 3 25 E Piatkowski 13 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 C Duhon 36 2-8 0-0 0-4 6 3 5 T Chandler 34 5-6 3-3 3-14 2 3 13 L Deng 11 1-3 0-0 0-2 3 0 2 B Gordon 32 6-17 2-2 0-3 2 1 17 O Harrington 7 0-3 2-2 1-1 0 4 2 J Pargo 15 3-6 0-0 0-1 4 1 8 A Griffin 11 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 1 3 K Hinrich DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 18-22 10-42 23 20 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (E Piatkowski 0-1, C Duhon 1-3, B Gordon 3-5, J Pargo 2-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (E Curry 2, A Davis, B Gordon, A Nocioni). Turnovers:13 (C Duhon 3, O Harrington 2, A Nocioni 2, A Davis, B Gordon, L Deng, J Pargo, E Curry, E Piatkowski). Steals: 7 (A Griffin 2, L Deng 2, A Davis, T Chandler, E Piatkowski). ------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 23 19 19 25 - 86 CHICAGO 26 25 24 19 - 94 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Chicago - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:56 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,935. T: 2:16. Officials: Bill Spooner, Leroy Richardson, Michael Smith.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (86) AT CHICAGO (94) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 26 2-8 4-4 3 5 8 3 6 2 1 8 P GASOL F 15 4-10 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 L WRIGHT C 32 2-9 3-6 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 7 J WILLIAMS G 24 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 4 0 1 0 4 M MILLER G 41 5-10 0-0 1 8 9 2 2 0 1 11 B CARDINAL 26 4-5 1-1 0 4 4 2 5 2 2 10 E WATSON 25 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 8 0 0 2 4 B WELLS 35 12-20 4-5 1 6 7 1 4 2 2 30 S SWIFT 16 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 4 J POSEY DNP - RIGHT HIP CONTUSION J TSAKALIDIS DNP - ABSCESS TOOTH A BURKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-78 13-19 8 31 39 21 22 8 13 86 (.436) (.684) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (20 PTS) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A NOCIONI F 26 5-7 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 12 A DAVIS F 19 1-2 3-6 4 4 8 2 2 1 1 5 E CURRY C 36 10-19 5-5 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 25 E PIATKOWSKI G 13 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2 C DUHON G 36 2-8 0-0 0 4 4 6 3 0 3 5 T CHANDLER 34 5-6 3-3 3 11 14 2 3 1 0 13 L DENG 11 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 B GORDON 32 6-17 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 17 O HARRINGTON 7 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 2 J PARGO 15 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 8 A GRIFFIN 11 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 3 K HINRICH DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING TOTALS 240 35-77 18-22 10 32 42 23 20 7 13 94 (.455) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (10 PTS) MEMPHIS 23 19 19 25 - 86 CHICAGO 26 25 24 19 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - S BATTIER 2, M MILLER. CHICAGO - E CURRY 2, A DAVIS, B GORDON, A NOCIONI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 5-18 (.278), S BATTIER 0-1, J WILLIAMS 0- 5, M MILLER 1-5, B CARDINAL 1-2, E WATSON 1-1, B WELLS 2-4. CHICAGO 6- 12 (.500), E PIATKOWSKI 0-1, C DUHON 1-3, B GORDON 3-5, J PARGO 2- 3. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, LEROY RICHARDSON, MICHAEL SMITH. A - 21,935. T - 2:16.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls missed the steadying hand of Kirk Hinrich down the stretch but still held off the Memphis Grizzlies. Eddy Curry scored 25 points as the Bulls nearly squandered an 18-point fourth-quarter lead before edging the Grizzlies, 94-86, for their sixth straight victory. Hinrich, the Bulls' heady starting point guard, missed his fourth consecutive contest with a strained left hamstring. "I don't know if (the fourth quarter) is where we miss him most, but we certainly miss him there," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. Chicago, which also was without promising rookie forward Luol Deng in the second half after he suffered a sprained right wrist, held an 81-63 advantage following Jannero Pargo's 3-pointer with 9:50 remaining. Curry scored just two points in the fourth quarter, when Memphis pulled within two points twice, including 88-86 on a jumper by Mike Miller with 2:34 to play. But Bulls rookie Andres Nocioni sank two free throws 19 seconds later, and the Grizzlies did not score again. "I thought we played hard for once in the fourth quarter," said Grizzlies forward Shane Battier, who scored just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting. "It's always easier to play from behind. Unfortunately, we dug too deep a hole for us." "The bright spot for us was that the one group got themselves back in the game," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "If there's a bright spot, it's that we worked our way back in and we were more competitive with that group on the floor. That's a plus for us." Skiles was not pleased with his team's play in the fourth quarter. "We made it interesting again," he said. "I was really happy with the way we played overall, it was just the last 10 minutes or so. Mike Fratello did what we do so often - when you are struggling, you go to a small lineup and try to change the tempo of the game. They had Shane Battier on Eddy Curry. They got very scrappy and we did not handle it very well." Rookie Ben Gordon added 17 points off the bench and fellow reserve Tyson Chandler chipped in 13 and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who swept the season series with the Grizzlies after dropping the previous four matchups. "I don't think our defense slipped (in the fourth quarter)," Gordon said. "They just put in some smaller players and were able to move the ball around better." The Bulls (38-31) are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind fourth-place Washington. Chicago last made the playoffs in 1998, when it won its sixth title in eight seasons behind Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. "We just want to win each game we play," Gordon said. "If the teams on the top keep losing, we can improve our playoff spot." Reserve Bonzi Wells scored 11 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who were coming off an embarrassing 96-85 home loss to New Orleans on Saturday. "I just got in the zone a bit, so it was nice," Wells said. "Coach just kept calling my name. I just tried to put my team in a position to win." The Grizzlies (39-30) are seventh in the West, one game ahead of eighth-place Denver.


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