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Miami at Chicago

Big Ben leaves game after injuring knee; Bulls win sixth of eight

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- With Shaquille O'Neal sitting and Kirk Hinrich slowing down Dwyane Wade again, the Chicago Bulls beat the defending champs for the third time this season.

Ben Gordon had 34 points and seven assists, and Hinrich scored 26 points in the Bulls' 100-97 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Reserve Andres Nocioni added 19 points for Chicago, which won its third straight despite losing center Ben Wallace to a left knee sprain with 5:01 remaining. He finished with 15 rebounds. Wallace will have further tests and is listed day to day.

O'Neal watched as the Heat lost for the fifth time in six games. He had played in two straight after missing 35 in a row because of knee surgery, including a loss at New York on Friday night. Miami doesn't want to risk him playing consecutive days.

So Wade had to take on the scoring load once again, but was slowed by Hinrich in the first half. Wade was scoreless in the period and didn't make his first basket until 4:04 remained in the second.

"I think we are one of the teams that defend him the best in the league," Gordon said. "Kirk Hinrich, I give him a lot of credit. Whenever Kirk gets beat, which is rarely, guys are there to help him and make the shot difficult."

Now the Bulls will have to wait on the status of Wallace.

"We just hope he's going to be all right. I guess the worst case, if he doesn't play, then everybody else has to step up. Hopefully he will be all right," Hinrich said.

The Bulls followed an impressive win on Thursday over the Mavericks and improved to 20-6 at home. But next is a seven-game road trip, and the Bulls are just 6-13 away from the United Center.

"We now have two quality wins against two very good teams that will likely be playing late in the year," Gordon said. "Hopefully we can take some of the momentum that we've gained into this road trip."

After giving up a 17-point lead, the Bulls finally pulled away when a jumper by Gordon with 1:58 left broke an 89-all tie and started an 8-2 run. Hinrich made a jumper in the lane and followed with two free throws, putting Chicago up 97-91 with 1:09 left.

Wade led the Heat with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Reserve James Posey added 17 points.

"We were right there. I think we tied it up, but they made the shots they had to," Wade said.

The Bulls attempted 44 free throws to Miami's 16.

"But we had a lot of chances," Wade said. "We're an attacking team and the Bulls are known more as a shooting team and for them to have the free throws the way they did, it was tough."

The Heat erased a series of double-digit deficits, eventually tying it with back-to-back baskets from Udonis Haslem and Antoine Walker with 4:47 left.

With Chicago leading 59-57 with 8:37 left in the third quarter, Gordon led the Bulls on a 14-2 run. He hit a 3 to start it and made a nice bounce pass to Luol Deng in transition for a basket. Gordon later found Nocioni for a jumper, putting the Bulls up 73-59.

Chicago jumped out to a 27-13 lead after one quarter. The Bulls led 54-46 at halftime behind 17 points from Gordon and 15 from Nocioni.

Deng finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Jason Kapono scored 16 points for Miami and Haslem added 12 points.

Miami knocked Chicago out in six games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season en route to its first NBA championship, but this season the Bulls have dominated the Heat.

Chicago beat Miami 108-66 on Oct. 31, the worst loss for a defending champion on opening night in NBA history. The Bulls also beat the Heat at home on Dec. 27, but Miami played most of the game without Wade. He left in the first quarter after spraining his wrist coming off a screen while being guarded by Hinrich.

Notes

  • Alonzo Mourning and Wallace both were issued technicals in the first quarter after they exchanged words. Order was quickly restored.
  • Wallace had 11 first-half rebounds.
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Big Ben finishes with 15 boards, but leaves late in the fourth quarter with a knee sprain.  (Getty Images)
Big Ben finishes with 15 boards, but leaves late in the fourth quarter with a knee sprain. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Miami (19-25) 1333213097
Chicago (26-19) «27272323100
MIA:D. Wade 24 Pts
MIA:A. Walker 9 Reb
MIA:D. Wade 8 Ast
CHI:B. Gordon 34 Pts
CHI:B. Wallace 15 Reb
CHI:B. Gordon 7 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoMiami

B. Gordon

D. Wade
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
34672488
Miami
D. Wade, PG418-248-1188224
J. Kapono, SF316-132-211516
U. Haslem, PF306-100-050312
J. Williams, PG281-40-01522
A. Mourning, C274-111-18029
J. Posey, SF326-130-082617
A. Walker, PF275-130-292311
D. Wright, SF113-70-01046
M. Doleac, C80-00-01020
C. Quinn, PG40-00-00200
S. O'Neal, CDid Not Play
G. Payton, PGDid Not Play
E. Barron, CDid Not Play
W. Simien, PFDid Not Play
R. Hite, SGDid Not Play
Totals 39-9511-1642202997
 41.1%68.8% 
Chicago
K. Hinrich, PG4510-215-755526
L. Deng, SF443-106-7142212
B. Wallace, C390-31-615311
B. Gordon, SG3811-1710-1367234
P. Brown, PF201-62-25024
A. Nocioni, SF336-155-740419
C. Duhon, PG80-00-00000
T. Sefolosha, SG60-00-00110
T. Thomas, PF41-32-21004
M. Sweetney, PF30-10-01010
A. Griffin, SFDid Not Play
M. Allen, PFDid Not Play
V. Khryapa, SFDid Not Play
A. Barrett, PGDid Not Play
M. Andriuskevicius, CDid Not Play
Totals 32-7631-44511818100
 42.1%70.5% 
Other Games
Phi 104 Final
Atl 89
Tor 84 Final
Ind 102
Port 135 Final
Mem 132
Utah 83 Final
NO 94
Sac 104 Final
Dal 106
NJ 112 Final
Den 102
Char 105 Final
GS 131
Min 101 Final
LAC 87