Bulls' guards click in victory over Celtics

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

CHICAGO Kirk Hinrich either got a wide open shot or found someone with a better one, and often it was Jamal Crawford.

Chicago's young backcourt clicked as well as it has all season Thursday night and the Bulls routed the Boston Celtics 107-87 in the teams' final game before the All-Star break.

''We fed off each other,'' Crawford said after scoring 27 points and playing stellar defense on All-Star Paul Pierce, helping hold him to four points, matching a season low.

''Kirk had it going. I just tried to play off him. We had it going together. I think it opened up stuff for everybody else.''

Hinrich set a season high with 14 assists and matched a best with 23 points as the Bulls rolled to their most lopsided win of the season, hours after Jerome Williams criticized some teammates for not knowing the plays or where to go on the floor.

But wherever the Bulls went Thursday night, they seemed to be open.

Hinrich made six 3s, Crawford had four, and Chicago finished 11-of-23 from long range.

''I wanted to have a good game, I wasn't happy with the way I played last game,'' said Hinrich, who had two points Tuesday night against the Pacers. ''Everyone took it upon themselves to do their jobs.''

Nuggets 107, Trail Blazers 98

PORTLAND, Ore. Voshon Lenard had 31 points to help Denver beat the new-look Trail Blazers.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Dan Dickau made their first appearances for the Blazers, three days after joining Portland in a trade that sent temperamental star Rasheed Wallace and reserve Wesley Person to Atlanta.

Abdur-Rahim led the Blazers with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Ratliff had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Carmelo Anthony added 27 points for Denver.

SuperSonics 94, Raptors 74

SEATTLE Ray Allen scored 23 points, and Rashard Lewis had 22 points and nine rebounds for the SuperSonics.

Alvin Williams led the Raptors with a season-high 20 points, Vince Carter had 19 on 8-for-21 shooting, and Donyell Marshall added 16 points and 17 rebounds.



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