Phoenix 97, Chicago 81

Date - Saturday, January 12, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Officials - #18 Matt Boland, #24 Mike Callahan, #7 Kevin Fehr
Attendance - 21874

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Phoenix 20 29 28 20 97
Chicago 21 21 21 18 81

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 13-26 10-9 3-17 W1
Chicago 20-15 10-10 10-5 L1


Suns 97, Bulls 81: Luis Scola scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 20 off the bench as Phoenix snapped its 12-game road losing streak by posting the 2,000th victory in franchise history.

Sebastian Telfair recorded 13 points, Shannon Brown added 11 and Marcin Gortat contributed eight and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who had dropped five in a row overall - including the first three of their four-game road trip.

Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 10 boards while Joakim Noah chipped in 10 and 13 for the Bulls, who fell to 10-10 at home.

Chicago carried a one-point lead into the second quarter, when Beasley scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting to help Phoenix to a 49-42 advantage at the break. The Suns maintained control in the third, never allowing their lead to dip below seven points and pushing it to 14 on Telfair's 3-pointer at the end of the quarter.

After Chicago's Jimmy Butler opened the scoring in the fourth with a dunk, Phoenix poured in the next seven points for an 84-65 lead. The Bulls were unable to get within single digits as Beasley, Telfair and Markieff Morris combined to match Chicago's 18 points in the final quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bulls were 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half and didn't even attempt a shot from beyond the arc in the third quarter. They failed on their first three tries in the fourth before Nate Robinson connected with 6:19 remaining and finished 2-of-11. ... Scola has scored at least 20 points in four of his last nine games after reaching the plateau only three times over his first 30 contests. ... Phoenix had not won on the road since Nov. 27 at Cleveland.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   Chicago
Luis Scola 22 Scoring Carlos Boozer 15
Goran Dragic 8 Assists Nate Robinson 6
Marcin Gortat 10 Rebounds Joakim Noah 13
Sebastian Telfair 7 Free Throws Made Carlos Boozer 3
Shannon Brown 2 Steals Jimmy Butler 1
Markieff Morris 4 Blocks Taj Gibson 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Phoenix 97 49.3 6-14 19-25 23 46 11 5 18
Chicago 81 36.4 2-11 15-21 18 42 6 6 11

Upcoming Games

  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Bulls have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .786 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Suns have a W/L % of .385 after a win and .308 after a loss.
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