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Surprising Bulls Roll to 5th Straight Win

Associated Press
Thursday, January 13, 2005; Page D10

Rookie Ben Gordon matched a career high with 31 points and Eddy Curry added 24 last night as the surging Chicago Bulls routed the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, 110-78, for their fifth straight win.

With a pair of five-game victory streaks in the last month, the Bulls have won 11 of their past 14 and moved within three games of .500 after an 0-9 start.


The Bulls' Ben Gordon drives on the 76ers' Andre Iguodala during Chicago's 110-78 victory at home. Gordon scored a career-high 31 points. (Brian Kersey -- AP)

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Gordon scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, going 6 for 6, including four three-pointers and a three-point play as the Bulls pulled away and opened a 35-point lead. Curry was 9 for 11 from the field and Kirk Hinrich added 16 points for the Bulls.

"When Ben gets it going, our guys know he's getting it going. Not only do we run plays for him, but they find him in transition. He shoots it as easy as anybody I've seen for a young player," Bulls Coach Scott Skiles said.

Allen Iverson scored 21 points but shot only 8 of 21, and as a team the Sixers hit just 38 percent. Chicago, leading the NBA in field goal percentage defense, has held 20 straight opponents under 100 points.

PISTONS 90, HORNETS 76: Ben Wallace had a season-high 19 rebounds and 11 points as host Detroit ended New Orleans's modest winning streak.

The Hornets (4-30) had doubled their season win total with victories over Sacramento and the New York Knicks, but were no match for the defending NBA champion.

Chauncey Billups added 25 points for Detroit, while Richard Hamilton had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists.

RAPTORS 104, CELTICS 93: Morris Peterson made seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 37 points to lead host Toronto.

Peterson went 7 for 14 from behind the three-point arc and topped his previous career high of 33 points set April 15, 2003 against Miami.

He made a 40-footer in the second quarter.

Chris Bosh added a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who are 6-6 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec 17.

MAGIC 87, TIMBERWOLVES 80: Hedo Turkoglu scored 26 points, Grant Hill added 20 and Orlando snapped its seven-game road losing streak with a win over slumping Minnesota.

Steve Francis had 17 points for the Magic, which withstood a 19-point, 25-rebound night from Kevin Garnett to win its first road game since Dec. 10 at Golden State.


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