New Jersey Nets at the United Center.
Coupled with Detroit's loss in Philadelphia, the Bulls moved a half-game ahead of the Pistons for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
"We didn't play well at all," said John Salmons — accurately. "But we won. So you forget about it and move on."
Gordon has displayed similar unshakable confidence and, like any streak scorer, a solid short-term memory throughout his five seasons on West Madison Street.
That's why missing his first 10 field-goal attempts through the game's first 38 minutes 48 seconds didn't faze him.
"You just keep shooting," he said.
So he did. Despite going 3-for-14, Gordon scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.
His three-pointer with 58.2 seconds left capped a four-point possession that began when Salmons stripped Devin Harris and then split two free throws after Harris committed a flagrant foul at the other end.
Gordon later added two free throws with 25.1 seconds left to push the Bulls over the century mark, giving fans free fast-food sandwiches as part of a promotion.
"Yeah, I planned all that," Gordon said with a smile. "I wanted to make it exciting. I wanted to get the Big Mac for the fans."
The Bulls closed with a 10-0 run after coughing up all of a 16-point first-half lead that still stood at 13 early in the third and at seven more than midway through the fourth.
But Brook Lopez, who schooled Brad Miller on three straight possessions, sank a 7-foot jump hook with 2:50 left for the Nets' first lead at 94-93.
The Bulls dodged back-to-back bullets when Ryan Anderson missed a point-blank shot after rebounding Harris' miss on the next possession. Then, after Miller sank two free throws with 1:50 left to regain the lead, Anderson missed a three-pointer.
The Bulls followed with their four-point possession.
"I thought [Harris] saw me, and he just stayed there and didn't protect the ball," Salmons said. "I was pretty surprised."
Salmons, who had 17 points, shook off a sore groin to help harass Vince Carter into 2-for-10 shooting through three quarters before Carter sat out the entire fourth with a sore left Achilles' tendon. Salmons had sat with the injury Tuesday night.
"It was big having his presence out there," Gordon said. "Even though he isn't 100 percent, he was able to make big plays."
So was Gordon, who sported a small welt in the middle of his forehead from an elbow he said he couldn't quite remember.
The Bulls, who also received 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals from a very active Joakim Noah, also seem to have selective memory. They throw out the bad memories and — somehow, some way — make enough plays to snatch the seventh seed.
At least for a day.
BULLS 103, NETS 94
Ben Gordon leads Chicago Bulls over New Jersey Nets
Club rises to seventh in Eastern Conference
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