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Bulls Of Old Crush Grizzlies

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- With Scottie Pippen hitting his outside jumper, Chicago looked like the old Unbeata-Bulls again Tuesday night.

Playing his ninth game after returning from foot surgery, Pippen scored 20 of his season-high 29 points in the first half as the Bulls rolled to a 103-85 win over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

"He seemed to be confident and he seemed to be aggressive with all his moves and all his repertoire and I think it's great to build upon," said Michael Jordan, who scored 20 points. "I think it's a great time for it to be happening right now."

Added Ron Harper "Scottie came out and played the way only he knows how to play. He is the guy that runs this basketball team. We rely on him to do stuff and he responded with a great game."

"I feel great, said Pippen, who hit also hit a season-high 13 field goals in 24 attempts. He noted the difference was making a mental adjustment by not attempting any 3-pointers.

"I realize the 3-point shot is a difficult shot and I haven't been shooting it well," said Pippen, who entered the season hitting 33 percent of his 3-point attempts over his career. "I decided to step inside the line and try and get some shots up."

It worked. Pippen's first two baskets of the game were from 20- and 17-feet respectively. Then he took one in for a dunk, all before the game was five minutes old.

The game proved to be a laugher as the Bulls bounced back from Sunday's loss at home to Utah.

Up 60-50 at halftime, the Bulls outscored the Grizzlies 25-7 in the third quarter to take command.

Vancouver, which had its franchise-record three-game winning streak ended, shot an abysmal 2-for-15 from the field in the third quarter. The seven points matched a franchise low Vancouver and also matched a league season-low for scoring in one quarter.

After Bryant Reeves made an 18-foot jumper with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter, Vancouver didn't score again until third-string forward Tony Massenburg hit a nine-foot baseline jumper 33 seconds into the fourth period.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 16 points for Vancouver.

Grizzlie's coach Brian hill smiled when asked about his team's third-quarter collapse.

"What about it? Do I really have to talk about it?" he said. "Well, obviously the third quarter was our undoing."

Pippen admitted he's still concentrating on getting into mid-season form.

"When I'm on the court, I'm making a conscious effort to really get my conditioning, run up and down the court every time, push the ball, and I think that's going to help me in the long run," he said. "I've been feeling comfortable every game, I just shot the ball better today from the outside than I have."

Dennis Rodman, aking his first appearance in Vancouver, had 22 rebounds, 11 in the third quarter. With the game out of reach, the biggest cheer from the first soldout crowd at GM Place of the season came two minutes into the fourth quarter when Rodman hit an 18-foot jumper for his only points.

Notes

  • The Bulls are one of eight NBA teams -- six are Eastern Conference clubs -- that have yet to lose to Vancouver in the Grizzlies' two-plus seasons.
  • The Grizzlies went 23 games before recording a sellout this season at GM Place. Last year, the Grizzlies had three full houses after 23 games.
  • Jordan's high against Vancouver was a 29-point effort in the Bulls' first game against the Grizzlies on Nov. 30, 1995.
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