Bulls Bounce Back With 112-107 Win Over Suns
CHICAGO — Pau Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls beat the revamped Phoenix Suns 112-107 on Saturday night for their fifth victory in six games.
Jimmy Butler added 19 points, Derrick Rose had 16, Mike Dunleavy Jr. 15, and Taj Gibson and Aaron Brooks came on strong in the fourth quarter to finish with 12 points apiece.
The Suns cut it to 106-104 on Bledsoe’s layup with 49.8 seconds left following a bad bounce pass by Joakim Noah to a cutting Rose that led to a steal by Tucker. But Gasol answered with a driving hook that bumped the lead to four.
Gibson and Brooks keyed a 10-point run early in the fourth that wiped out a four-point deficit and scored 10 and eight points, respectively, in the quarter.
The Bulls were trailing 85-81 early in the fourth when Gibson hit a jumper and threw down an alley-oop feed from Noah. Brooks, who missed 7 of 8 shots through the first three quarters, then found the found the touch, igniting the crowd with back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 91-85 with 8:44 remaining.
Another 3 by Tony Snell made it 96-89 and Brooks’ driving layup boosted the lead to nine midway through the fourth.
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