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Andriuskevicius helps keep Bulls unbeaten

Oct 17, 2006 - 3:11 AM MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Martynas Andriuskevicius only needed a short span of time to make his presence felt.

Andriuskevicius scored all 11 of his points in a three-minute span of the fourth quarter and rookie Tyrus Thomas added 12 to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 87-78 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in a preseason contest.

After playing in just six games with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, the 20-year-old Andriuskevicius was sent to Chicago for Eddie Badsen on August 8. The Lithuanian made all five shots from the floor as the Bulls raised their preseason mark to 3-0.

Chicago was clinging to a 74-73 lead with 3:48 remaining when Andriuskevicius became a one-man wrecking crew. He made a three-point play, a layup and three short jumpers to help seal the victory for the Bulls.

Thomas's draft rights were acquired by Chicago, along with Viktor Khryapa, from the Portland Trail Blazers for the rights to LaMarcus Aldridge on June 28. The former LSU star scored 10 points in the first half and added a dunk with four seconds remaining.

Malik Allen and Luol Deng scored 10 points apiece and Ben Wallace grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulls, who shot 57 percent (33-of-58).

Hakim Warrick scored 13 points to lead five Memphis players in double figures. Damon Stoudamire had 12 and rookie Alexander Johnson added 11 with 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who fell to 2-2.

Averaging 16.7 points in three contests, Memphis rookie Rudy Gay was a late scratch with a bruised chest muscle.

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