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Gordon, Bulls sweep home-and-home with Knicks

Nov 29, 2006 - 4:14 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Despite recent appearances, the Chicago Bulls looked happy to be home.

Maligned star Ben Wallace had eight points and 12 rebounds and the Bulls pulled away for a 101-85 victory over the New York Knicks, completing a sweep of a home-and-home series.

Ben Gordon scored 23 points and P.J. Brown added 14 for the Bulls, who were playing at home for the first time in eight games since November 11. They lost the first six games of the road trip before winning at New York on Saturday.

"We got good performances from several of our people," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought both Luol Deng and big Ben were very active. The formula is offense off of our defense. We got them to turn the ball over, when we do that we are able to run and score."

The trip ended with a loss in Philadelphia in which Wallace had zero points and zero rebounds for the first time in eight years and defied an order by coach Scott Skiles and wore a headband in the win at New York.

Playing with a hand injury, Wallace added two blocks and two steals as he looked much more like himself.

"I was really happy to see (Wallace) playing the way he was playing," Gordon said. "That was the Wallace that I was expecting, he really brought his game and got us going so that was big for us."

Leading, 71-68, entering the fourth quarter, Chicago shot 11-of-15 in the final period, when it broke open the game.

"I thought going into the fourth quarter we had control of the game as far as tempo and our style of play," Wallace said. "The fourth quarter we got them to play our style of basketball and anytime we can do that I like our chances."

Gordon made 8-of-18 shots. Brown was 6-of-9 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in a physical contest.

"It was physical man you have big Ben and big Eddy Curry down there it is like five or six hundred pounds, you will have some bodies flying when you have that much weight in the paint," Brown said.

Chris Duhon added 17 points for the Bulls, who shot 44 percent (37-of-84) and outrebounded the Knicks, 48-37.

Former Bull Eddy Curry had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 48 percent (33-of-69). However, after a stellar first three quarters, the massive center took just three shots in the final period.

"For the most part we played a decent game," Curry said. "Chicago made some big plays and they made some big shots. I thought I was aggressive early in the game but I need to be more assertive down the stretch."

New York shot 17-of-30 from the free throw line and committed 22 turnovers.

"Free throws definitely hurt us, and we had some big turnovers," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "I know I missed a bunch of free throws. They also killed us on rebounds, there was a lot of ways that we could have won this game we just came up short."

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