Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now

Seattle at Chicago

Bulls 99, SuperSonics 84

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
  •  

CHICAGO -- Ben Wallace is starting to fit in with the Chicago Bulls.

The former Detroit star had a season-high 15 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 99-84 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.

Ben Gordon added 27 points and Andres Nocioni had 20 in Chicago's ninth victory in its last 10 games. Wallace also had five blocked shots, tying his season high.

"Anytime you leave a situation like I was in, coming to something new, I was in Detroit for six years and to take on a new challenge at this point in my career there is always going to be a little bit of an adjustment," said Wallace, who was benched earlier during a game for disobeying team rules and wearing a headband. "For the most part I think the transition has gone pretty smooth."

Bulls coach Scott Skiles wants Wallace to be part of the offense.

"We throw Ben the ball quite a bit in the course of games," Skiles said. "Tonight, he saw some openings and took them and scored. It is silly to say he had a big game, he had 20 rebounds, but that was a big-time performance."

The Sonics played without Ray Allen and Earl Watson. Allen, who was not with the team, missed his fifth consecutive game because of a bone bruise in his right foot, while Watson suited up but didn't play because of a lower back contusion.

Chicago jumped out to a 28-12 lead, with Nocioni scoring seven points and Luol Deng adding eight. Wallace had five points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the quarter.

The Bulls beat the Sonics at home for the first time since 1997-98, when they won their sixth championship in Michael Jordan's final season with the team. Prior to Wednesday night, Chicago had dropped eight in a row to the Sonics at the United Center.

Rashard Lewis scored 18 points for the Sonics, and Damien Wilkins added 16.

"Our bigs were in foul trouble. Our bigs didn't really play that much tonight," Lewis said. "With Ben Wallace out there, it's hard to keep him off the glass."

Deng finished with 13 points, and Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and eight assists.

Notes

The Bulls played without P.J. Brown, sidelined by a right foot injury. He's listed as day to day. ... Chicago is 2-7 against Western Conference teams. ... Alfonso Soriano, who agreed to a $136 million, eight-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, attended the game and received a loud ovation from the fans when he was shown on the video board as did Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. But the biggest ovation of the night went to Devin Hester, the star returner for the Chicago Bears. ... Sonics F Johan Petro finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Seattle (10-13) 1815272484
Chicago (12-10) «3118292199
SEA:R. Lewis 18 Pts
SEA:R. Lewis 13 Reb
SEA:D. Wilkins 7 Ast
CHI:B. Gordon 27 Pts
CHI:B. Wallace 20 Reb
CHI:K. Hinrich 8 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoSeattle

B. Gordon

R. Lewis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
274618132
Seattle
D. Wilkins, SF455-125-587416
R. Lewis, SF367-133-3132218
L. Ridnour, PG364-142-232111
C. Wilcox, PF162-70-03024
N. Collison, C102-51-21025
M. Gelabale, SF324-92-540110
J. Petro, C308-120-0100316
M. Wilks, PG242-60-06614
D. Farmer, G110-30-00400
R. Allen, SGDid Not Play
D. Fortson, PFDid Not Play
E. Watson, PGDid Not Play
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
A. Glyniadakis, CDid Not Play
M. Sene, CDid Not Play
Totals 34-8113-1748211684
 42.0%76.5% 
Chicago
B. Wallace, C397-121-2202015
K. Hinrich, PG395-132-248214
L. Deng, SF356-161-263313
C. Duhon, PG342-70-02735
A. Nocioni, SF299-160-062320
B. Gordon, SG328-177-846327
T. Sefolosha, SG141-30-02212
M. Allen, PF91-50-01012
V. Khryapa, SF60-21-20021
T. Thomas, PF20-10-00000
A. Griffin, SFDid Not Play
M. Sweetney, PFDid Not Play
A. Barrett, PGDid Not Play
P. Brown, PFDid Not Play
M. Andriuskevicius, CDid Not Play
Totals 39-9212-1645301899
 42.4%75.0% 
Other Games
Char 101 Final
Cle 104
Pho 99 Final
Mia 89
Det 90 Final
Ind 101
Bos 101 Final
Phi 81
Den 91 Final
Wash 120
Tor 91 Final
Orl 84
Mil 95 Final
NJ 108
Atl 82 Final
NY 94
Port 85 Final
Mem 79
Min 82 Final
SA 95
LAL 101 Final
Dal 110
Utah 105 Final
LAC 86