NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Chicago
(Wednesday, January 12th)
Final Score: Chicago 110, Philadelphia 78
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon scored 19 of his career-high-tying 31 points in the fourth quarter, as the surging Chicago Bulls rolled to a 110-78 rout of Philadelphia at the United Center.
Gordon had just five points in 13 minutes before halftime, but he was 8-of-11 in 12 minutes after the break, including 4-of-6 from three-point territory. He scored 17 during Chicago's 22-5 run to open the fourth quarter.
Eddy Curry added 24 points for the Bulls, who have put together their second five-game winning streak of the season to improve to 15-18. Kirk Hinrich collected 16 points and a game-high nine assists in the win.
Allen Iverson scored 21 points with eight assists to lead the 76ers, who have dropped three straight. Marc Jackson added 17 points and Corliss Williamson scored 14 in defeat.
The Bulls took control of the game with an 11-2 run early in the third quarter, stretching a four-point lead to 13 at 57-44. Luol Deng and Curry scored the final six points of the spurt with consecutive three-point plays.
Chicago's lead reached as high as 18 three times in the period, and topped out at 36 in the fourth quarter.
"They did what a team is supposed to do when they find out [an opponent] doesn't have any energy," said Iverson. "That's what they're supposed to do...get us down and kick our a--."
Chicago, which leads the league in field goal percentage allowed, has held opponents under 100 points in 19 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NBA.
"They have big-time confidence," Iverson added. "I expect them to do big things."
Chicago made a season-high 11 three-pointers in the game and were 40-for-82 overall from the field. The Sixers also put up 82 shots, but had just 31 fall.
Philadelphia led by as many seven points in the first quarter, but Chicago ended the period with a 10-2 run to lead 26-24 heading into the second.
The Bulls never trailed the rest of the way. They led by 12 points twice in the second quarter, the first time coming after a 9-0 run made it 41-29 with 3 1/2 minutes left before the break.
Curry scored 16 points in the first half and Chicago carried a 45-38 lead into the break.
Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak against the Sixers...Philadelphia forward-center Brian Skinner (eye) left in the second quarter and didn't return...The Sixers were already without center Samuel Dalembert, who sat out with a left hip strain...Iverson was playing on an injured ankle that kept him sidelined for much of the fourth quarter during Monday's home loss to Portland...He finished one rebound and one assist shy of a triple-double against the Trail Blazers, and afterwards voiced his displeasure with head coach Jim O'Brien's decision to rest him.
01/12 23:41:23 ET