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Phoenix at Chicago

Gordon sparks off bench as Bulls roll Shaq-less Suns

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Ben Gordon issued a warning to the rest of the NBA after teammate Derrick Rose showed off a dizzying array of moves Friday night -- the talented rookie is only going to get better.

Rose had 18 points and six assists and Gordon scored 23 in the Chicago Bulls' 100-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

"Watching him in practice, you can tell right away how special of a talent he is," Gordon said. "He really doesn't surprise me with anything he does out there on the floor. I think he hasn't even scratched the surface."

The Suns played without Shaquille O'Neal, who got the night off as part of a plan to rest him periodically throughout the season. O'Neal is expected back in the lineup Saturday at Milwaukee.

Amare Stoudemire, coming off a 49-point performance against Indiana on Wednesday, finished with 26 points and seven rebounds for the Suns.

O'Neal, dressed in a suit, watched from the sideline as Chicago center Joakim Noah took advantage of his absence with nine points and 14 rebounds. He came averaging three points and 4.6 boards.

"They did a good job dominating us on the boards," Suns coach Terry Porter said. "In the first half they got 21 points off of turnovers and their offensive boards. That became a big hill for us to climb."

The Bulls pulled away in the first half, scoring 16 unanswered points to build a 31-17 lead in the second quarter. Gordon scored seven points during the span.

Rose hit a jumper to put the Bulls up by 20 early in the third, and Gordon made a 3-pointer to make it 72-45 late in the quarter.

Then, after botching a break in the fourth by making a bad pass instead of taking it himself for a layup, Rose brought the fans to their feet with a dunk over Leandro Barbosa the next time down.

"I said forget this," Rose said after the game with a laugh.

Suns guard Raja Bell came away impressed by the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

"He's obviously very explosive. He's a highlight reel waiting to happen," Bell said. "I'm excited to see where he goes from here. He's a really, really good player."

Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro shuffled his starting lineup. He replaced Thabo Sefolosha and Tyrus Thomas with Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Gray.

Thomas gave the Bulls a boost with 14 points and seven rebounds in a reserve role.

"You guys get into the lineup changes and all this stuff," Del Negro said. "I get into winning and how we can be successful. At times, the lineup will change. We have guys who understand their roles."

With the Suns playing four games in five nights, Steve Nash and Stoudemire sat the entire fourth quarter. Nash played only 24 minutes and finished with six points and five assists.

Del Negro got a little payback at the Suns, who spurned him as a head coaching candidate in the offseason.

Del Negro spent the past two years in the Suns' front office after a three-year stint as a radio analyst. He got promoted to assistant general manager from director of player personnel and was interested in replacing Mike D'Antoni after he left for New York, but a lack of experience kept Del Negro off the list of finalists and the Suns hired Porter.

"Phoenix has been playing great. Without question I have a lot of respect for that organization," Del Negro said.

Notes

  • Suns F Matt Barnes missed the game to be with his fiancee, who gave birth to twins. Barnes is also expected to miss Saturday's game against the Bucks.
  • Rookie Robin Lopez got his first start at center for the Suns and finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
  • Hinrich left the game in second half with a sprained thumb. He will get an MRI on Saturday morning.
  • Bulls F Drew Gooden was limited after spraining his ankle in the first half.
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Ben Gordon plays 33 minutes and is a big part of Chicago's second-quarter rally. (Getty Images)
Ben Gordon plays 33 minutes and is a big part of Chicago's second-quarter rally. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Phoenix (4-2) 1717252483
Chicago (3-3) «20283121100
PHO:A. Stoudemire 26 Pts
PHO:R. Lopez 7 Reb
PHO:S. Nash 5 Ast
CHI:B. Gordon 23 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 14 Reb
CHI:B. Gordon 6 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoPhoenix

B. Gordon

A. Stoudemire
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
23462673
Phoenix
A. Stoudemire, C355-1016-1873226
R. Bell, SG303-61-25039
R. Lopez, C306-92-570014
S. Nash, PG242-72-20506
G. Hill, SG211-40-03333
B. Diaw, SF285-91-130211
G. Dragic, PG242-80-02235
L. Amundson, PF233-71-14137
L. Barbosa, PG171-80-01132
S. Singletary, PG90-10-01200
S. O'Neal, CDid Not Play
M. Barnes, SFDid Not Play
A. Tucker, SFDid Not Play
Totals 28-6923-2933171983
 40.6%79.3% 
Chicago
D. Rose, PG408-111-246118
L. Deng, SF305-114-411114
D. Gooden, PF235-81-270411
K. Hinrich, PG162-40-01535
A. Gray, C151-30-04242
B. Gordon, SG338-133-446123
J. Noah, PF313-73-814149
T. Thomas, PF266-122-471414
A. Nocioni, SF180-40-04030
T. Sefolosha, SG51-20-00002
C. Simmons, SF20-00-01000
D. Nichols, SF21-20-00012
L. Hughes, SGDid Not Play
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
Totals 40-7714-24472226100
 51.9%58.3% 
Other Games
NY 114 Final
Wash 108
NO 89 Final
Char 92
Tor 92 Final
Atl 110
Mil 89 Final
Bos 101
Ind 107 Final
Cle 111
Det 96 Final
NJ 103
Mia 99 Final
SA 83
OKC 97 Final
Utah 104
Min 109 Final
Sac 121
Dal 105 Final
Den 108
Mem 109 Final
GS 104
Hou 92 Final
LAC 83