Duhon's 34 Spark Stunner

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Duhon's 34 Spark Stunner


Byline: Special to the Daily Herald

OAKLAND, Calif. -All across the NBA, all season long, people have been wondering what happened to that energetic Bulls team that used to play harder than their opponents with regularity.

That group finally turned up on the West Coast the past two nights, under unusual circumstances.

Playing without Kirk Hinrich (bruised ribs), Ben Gordon (sprained right wrist) and Luol Deng (left Achilles tendinitis), the Bulls pulled off a shocking 114-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors, snapping an eight-game losing streak in Oakland.

Chris Duhon poured in a career-high 34 points, hitting 11 of 16 shots from the field. His previous season high was 13. Joe Smith added 27 points, and Tyrus Thomas was surprisingly clutch, scoring 14 points in the final 6:48 of the fourth quarter while the Bulls' lead was wobbling between 1 and 4 points.

"We were able to get hot, make some shots, get a couple stops. We just found some way to win it," Duhon said in a postgame television interview. "For us to come into a tough environment like Golden State and get a win, that just builds confidence in us."

With nearly 51 points per game missing from their lineup, the Bulls (20-29) managed to hang with one of the NBA's highest-scoring teams. The Warriors started the night averaging 109.6 points per game.

On top of that, Golden State hadn't played in five days, while the depleted Bulls were coming off a tough 100-97 loss at Portland the previous night.

Duhon drove the length of the court and hit a runner at the buzzer to tie the score at 77-77 at the end of three quarters. The Bulls then scored the first 6 points of the fourth and led the rest of the way. …

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