Bulls 87, Warriors 81, OT

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CHICAGO (AP)—Despite being the first rookie in the NBA this season to have a triple-double, Kirk Hinrich knows LeBron James will be the center of attention Monday in Chicago.

Hinrich had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Bulls past the Golden State Warriors 87-81 in overtime on Saturday night.

Hinrich and the Bulls host James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

“The spotlight will be on him. I’m sure it’s going to be sold out,” Hinrich said. “He is having a great year, he is a great player, but hopefully whether he get his numbers or doesn’t we will win the game.”

Jamal Crawford scored 27 points for Chicago and Eddy Curry added 26 points and 14 rebounds, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Bulls head coach Scott Skiles wasn’t surprised by Hinrich’s feat.

“I wish people would realize how good an athlete he is,” Skiles said. “You look at the guy and maybe you don’t think he is, but he can easily take the ball off two feet and dunk it with two hands very easily and a couple of those rebounds (tonight) were big-time rebounds.”

Jason Richardson scored 25 points for the Warriors, who played their fourth game in five nights. Erick Dampier fouled out in overtime with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

“It had an obvious huge affect on our legs. Not only that, but we’re so banged up (with) limited options,” Warriors head coach Eric Musselman said.

Crawford gave the Bulls an 81-78 lead with 2:49 left in overtime on back-to-back jumpers. Brian Cardinal hit a 3 to tie the game at 81, but Curry hit a free throw and made a half hook to give Chicago the lead for good at 84-81 with 38.5 seconds left.

Trailing 64-55 early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 9-2 run to cut into Chicago’s lead. Richardson scored seven points in the span and hit a jumper to cut the Bulls’ lead to 66-64 with 7:56 left. Brian Cardinal hit a 3-pointer, giving the Warriors a 74-73 lead with 3:15 left in the game. Richardson extended Golden State’s lead with a free throw.

Crawford tied it with a jumper at 75 with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter and Gill and Crawford each made a free throw to give Chicago a 77-75 lead with 11.3 left.

After missing a jumper to tie it, Richardson drove to the hoop and found Dampier wide open for a dunk to make it 77-all. Hinrich missed a wide-open jumper at the end of regulation, which would’ve won the game for Chicago.

In the third quarter, Curry had a breakaway dunk and a three-point play to extend Chicago’s lead to 48-36. He also converted an alley-oop from Hinrich for a three-point play to give Chicago a 56-45 lead with 4:35 left in the period. Curry scored 13 points in the quarter.

“I think we didn’t play hard the first three quarters. We had to fight back in the game in the fourth quarter and we ran out of gas in overtime,” Richardson said.

Cardinal had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors.

Chicago led 41-34 at half. Hinrich and Crawford both scored 11 points for Chicago and Curry scored 10 points and had five blocks. Golden State shot 25.5 percent in the first half, they were just 5-for-23 from the field in the secondquarter. Dampier had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors.


Chicago placed forward Corie Blount on the injured list with a left knee sprain and signed Linton Johnson III to a 10-day contract. Johnson played in 18 games for the Bulls this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds a game, before being released on Jan. 6. … Chicago had its 10th sellout of the season. Despite a 17-42 record, the Bulls are third in the NBA in attendance. … The Bulls improved to 1-2 in overtime games. … Curry blocked acareer-high six shots.

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8-25,  25 Pts
9 Rebs, 5 Assists
K. Hinrich K. Hinrich
3-12,  11 Pts
12 Rebs, 10 Assists

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