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Bulls repel Hawks rally

Chicago builds big lead, holds on

January 29, 2006

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— With Atlanta's Joe Johnson scoring from every angle and nearly unstoppable, the Chicago Bulls' comfortable lead was slipping away.

After a 24-point margin had been whittled to five, Ben Gordon bailed the Bulls out. He scored their final 10 points, and Chicago held on for a 111-99 victory Saturday night.

"I was struggling a little bit in the second half, but then I just tried to take over in the fourth quarter and get my team going," Gordon said after the Bulls matched their longest winning streak of the season at four. "Fortunately I was able to knock down some big shots."

Johnson scored 32 of his career-high 40 points in the second half to spark Atlanta's rally. He made 13 of 16 shots in the second half during a stellar offensive display that kept the Hawks in the game.

"We came out in the second half with a lot more energy. Down the stretch of the game we just didn't come up with the big plays," Johnson said.

"I was more assertive on both ends and my teammates were finding me when I was open. I would trade it (his career high) for a win."

Gordon finished with 23 points, and Kirk Hinrich added 22 for the Bulls, including 18 in the opening half when Chicago built a big lead.

Clippers 112, Nuggets 79

Los Angeles - Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points, Elton Brand and Sam Cassell each had 17, and Los Angeles extended its winning streak to a season-best five.

SuperSonics 113, Nets 104

Seattle - Ray Allen scored 35, and Seattle held off New Jersey, sending the Nets home after an 0-4 road trip.

Warriors 98, Blazers 83

Oakland, Calif. - Baron Davis had 29 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, and Golden State snapped a four-game losing streak.

Mavericks 103, Jazz 89

Dallas - Dirk Nowitzki scored 21, and Josh Howard scored 24, leading Dallas past Utah for its season-best eighth straight victory.

Spurs 102, Timberwolves 88

San Antonio - Tim Duncan scored 28, and San Antonio used a 13-1 run in the fourth quarter to pull away. Tony Parker scored 25 for San Antonio, and Manu Ginobili finished with 14, nine coming in the fourth.

Grizzlies 95, Hornets 86

Memphis, Tenn. - David West scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds as New Orleans beat Memphis.

76ers 91, Knicks 76

Philadelphia - Chris Webber had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and John Salmons added 18 points to lead Philadelphia. Allen Iverson, second in the NBA in scoring at 33.6 points per game, sat out because of a sprained left ankle.

Wizards 107, Bobcats 97

Washington - Gilbert Arenas scored 32, and Washington beat Charlotte, extending the Bobcats' losing streak to 10 games.

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