2004–05 Chicago Bulls season

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2004–05 Chicago Bulls season
Head coach Scott Skiles
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Arena United Center
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Chicago, WGN, WCIU
Radio WMVP
< 2003–04 2005–06 >

The 2004–05 Chicago Bulls season ended a run of losing seasons that had been ongoing since Michael Jordan's retirement in 1998, finishing with a record of 47-35 and qualifying for the playoffs. They achieved this in spite of the fact that they began the season 0-9, with few people believing that the team would be any more successful than it had been in previous seasons.

Offseason[edit]

The Bulls drafted Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Chris Duhon, with Gordon coming from Connecticut and Deng and Duhon coming from Duke. They also signed Argentinian forward Andres Nocioni, who had played on several successful international teams. These acquisitions reflected John Paxson's strategy of building around players who had already been on successful teams, a departure from what Jerry Krause had done as General Manager, drafting Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler in the same season, players who both showed tremendous potential, but were both coming to the NBA directly from high school.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2004 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 3 Ben Gordon G  United States
 United Kingdom
Connecticut
2 32 Jackson Vroman C  United States Iowa State
2 39 Chris Duhon G  United States Duke

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Bulls score Opponent score Record Streak OT
1 November 5 New Jersey Loss 106 111 0-1 Lost 1 2OT
2 November 6 @ Indiana Loss 90 100 0-2 Lost 2
3 November 9 Phoenix Loss 74 94 0-3 Lost 3
4 November 13 LA Clippers Loss 96 97 0-4 Lost 4
5 November 16 @ Sacramento Loss 106 113 0-5 Lost 5
6 November 17 @ Golden State Loss 85 98 0-6 Lost 6
7 November 19 @ Denver Loss 81 99 0-7 Lost 7
8 November 21 @ LA Lakers Loss 93 102 0-8 Lost 8
9 November 22 @ Phoenix Loss 82 100 0-9 Lost 9
10 November 24 @ Utah Win 101 99 1-9 Won 1
11 November 27 @ Cleveland Loss 74 96 1-10 Lost 1
12 December 1 LA Lakers Win 92 84 2-10 Won 1
13 December 3 Miami Loss 81 105 2-11 Lost 1
14 December 4 @ Washington Loss 88 95 2-12 Lost 2
15 December 6 San Antonio Loss 75 91 2-13 Lost 3
16 December 8 Cleveland Win 113 85 3-13 Won 1
17 December 10 Philadelphia Loss 88 93 3-14 Lost 1
18 December 11 Minnesota Win 99 88 4-14 Won 1
19 December 13 Dallas Loss 93 94 4-15 Lost 1
20 December 15 @ Memphis Win 96 88 5-15 Won 1
21 December 16 Milwaukee Win 85 77 6-15 Won 2
22 December 18 Indiana Win 85 71 7-15 Won 3
23 December 20 Portland Win 92 87 8-15 Won 4
24 December 22 @ Detroit Win 89 82 9-15 Won 5
25 December 26 @ Milwaukee Loss 92 99 9-16 Lost 1
26 December 28 New Jersey Loss 80 84 9-17 Lost 2
27 January 1 Orlando Win 105 90 10-17 Won 1
28 January 3 Detroit Loss 80 87 10-18 Lost 1
29 January 5 @ New Orleans Win 95 89 11-18 Won 1
30 January 7 Utah Win 84 78 12-18 Won 2
31 January 8 Boston Win 102 91 13-18 Won 3
32 January 10 Golden State Win 94 85 14-18 Won 4
33 January 12 Philadelphia Win 110 87 15-18 Won 5
34 January 15 New York Win 86 84 16-18 Won 6
35 January 17 @ New York Win 88 86 17-18 Won 7
36 January 19 @ Boston Loss 83 92 17-19 Lost 1
37 January 21 Atlanta Win 95 85 18-19 Won 1
38 January 22 @ Detroit Win 100 89 19-19 Won 2
39 January 24 @ Atlanta Win 107 82 20-19 Won 3
40 January 25 Denver Win 111 107 21-19 Won 4
41 January 27 Charlotte Win 101 93 22-19 Won 5
42 January 29 Boston Loss 97 101 22-20 Lost 1
43 February 1 @ New Jersey Loss 97 107 22-21 Lost 2
44 February 5 @ Miami Loss 97 108 22-22 Lost 3
45 February 8 @ Dallas Win 107 100 23-22 Won 1
46 February 9 @ Houston Loss 92 105 23-23 Lost 1
47 February 13 @ Minnesota Win 87 83 24-23 Won 1
48 February 15 Sacramento Win 107 102 25-23 Won 2
49 February 16 @ Toronto Win 121 115 26-23 Won 3
50 February 22 Miami Win 105 101 27-23 Won 4 OT
51 February 23 @ Cleveland Loss 91 100 27-24 Lost 1
52 February 25 Washington Win 97 90 28-24 Won 1
53 February 26 @ Charlotte Win 94 90 29-24 Won 2
54 March 1 Houston Loss 89 119 29-25 Lost 1
55 March 4 @ San Antonio Loss 99 102 29-26 Lost 2
56 March 5 @ Milwaukee Loss 87 95 29-27 Lost 3
57 March 7 Milwaukee Win 90 85 30-27 Won 1
58 March 9 @ Portland Win 97 84 31-27 Won 2
59 March 11 @ Seattle Win 100 97 32-27 Won 3
60 March 13 @ LA Clippers Loss 78 83 32-28 Lost 1
61 March 15 Seattle Loss 93 99 32-29 Lost 2
62 March 16 @ New Jersey Loss 84 100 32-30 Lost 3
63 March 18 New Orleans Loss 90 94 32-31 Lost 4
64 March 19 @ Philadelphia Win 94 88 33-31 Won 1
65 March 21 Atlanta Win 105 91 34-31 Won 2
66 March 23 @ Toronto Win 94 85 35-31 Won 3
67 March 25 @ Boston Win 94 86 36-31 Won 4
68 March 26 Indiana Win 100 96 37-31 Won 5
69 March 28 Memphis Win 94 86 38-31 Won 6
70 March 30 @ Charlotte Win 102 99 39-31 Won 7
71 March 31 Cleveland Win 102 90 40-31 Won 8 OT
72 April 2 Charlotte Win 112 97 41-31 Won 9
73 April 5 @ Miami Loss 86 104 41-32 Lost 1
74 April 6 @ Orlando Win 102 101 42-32 Won 1 OT
75 April 8 @ New York Win 102 94 43-32 Won 2
76 April 9 Toronto Win 110 97 44-32 Won 3
77 April 11 Detroit Loss 84 85 44-33 Lost 1 OT
78 April 13 @ Washington Loss 82 93 44-34 Lost 2
79 April 15 Orlando Win 117 77 45-34 Won 1
80 April 16 @ Atlanta Win 114 105 46-34 Won 2
81 April 19 New York Win 92 91 47-34 Won 3
82 April 20 @ Indiana Loss 83 85 47-35 Lost 1
1 April 24 Washington Win 103 94 1-0 Won 1
2 April 27 Washington Win 113 103 2-0 Won 2
3 April 30 @ Washington Loss 99 117 2-1 Lost 1
4 May 2 @ Washington Loss 99 106 2-2 Lost 2
5 May 4 Washington Loss 110 112 2-3 Lost 3
6 May 6 @ Washington Loss 91 94 2-4 Lost 4

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 32–9 22–19 8–8
x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 8–8
x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 10 25–16 19–22 9–7
Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 12 29–12 13–28 7–9
Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 24 23–18 7–34 8–8


Postseason[edit]

The Bulls' record of 47-35 was good enough for the #4 seed in the Eastern conference. In the first round of the playoffs the Bulls met another young team on the upswing, the Washington Wizards. The Bulls would lose the series 4-2, staying competitive throughout most of the series, but ultimately unable to find an answer for Wizards star Gilbert Arenas. The Bulls also entered the series nursing injuries. Most notably, Eddy Curry was injured in late March, and the Bulls signed veteran Lawrence Funderburke just days before the beginning of the postseason in an attempt to add more depth to their front-court.

East First Round[edit]

(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington Wizards

April 24
4:30 pm
Washington Wizards 94, Chicago Bulls 103
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 26–29, 30–24, 12–26
Pts: Larry Hughes 31
Rebs: Kwame Brown 9
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 8
Pts: Ben Gordon 30
Rebs: Andrés Nocioni 18
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,655
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Michael Smith, Mike Callahan
April 27
7:30 pm
Washington Wizards 103, Chicago Bulls 113
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 21–38, 20–24, 33–32
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 39
Rebs: Larry Hughes 10
Asts: Larry Hughes 5
Pts: Kirk Hinrich 34
Rebs: Chris Duhon 8
Asts: Chris Duhon 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,605
Referees: David Jones, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
April 30
3:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 99, Washington Wizards 117
Scoring by quarter: 23–31, 32–26, 22–33, 22–27
Pts: Tyson Chandler 15
Rebs: Antonio Davis 11
Asts: Duhon, Hinric, Pargo 4 each
Pts: Gilbert Arenas 32
Rebs: Haywood, Thomas 9 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 7
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Tony Brothers
May 2
7:30 pm
Chicago Bulls 99, Washington Wizards 106
Scoring by quarter: 15–29, 22–32, 23–19, 39–26
Pts: Hinrich, Pargo 18 each
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 13
Asts: Gordon, Hinrich 5 each
Pts: Juan Dixon 35
Rebs: Etan Thomas 9
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 5
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Dan Crawford, James Capers, Joe Forte
May 4
6:00 pm
Washington Wizards 112, Chicago Bulls 110
Scoring by quarter: 34–28, 29–21, 23–24, 26–37
Pts: Larry Hughes 33
Rebs: Antawn Jamison 10
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 8
Pts: Ben Gordon 27
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 10
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 22,250
Referees: Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford, Greg Willard
May 6
8:00 pm
Chicago Bulls 91, Washington Wizards 94
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 28–29, 20–16, 17–26
Pts: Hinrich, Nocioni 22 each
Rebs: Tyson Chandler 11
Asts: Kirk Hinrich 9
Pts: Larry Hughes 21
Rebs: Ruffin, Haywood 8 each
Asts: Gilbert Arenas 7
Washington wins the series, 4–2
MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,173
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies, Jim Clark
Regular season series

Washington won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

December 4, 2004
Chicago Bulls 88, Washington Wizards 95
February 25, 2005
Washington Wizards 90, Chicago Bulls 97
April 13, 2005
Chicago Bulls 82, Washington Wizards 93

Last Playoffs meeting: 1997 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3–0)

Awards and records[edit]

Ben Gordon lost out to Emeka Okafor for Rookie of the Year honors, but did win Sixth Man of the Year honors, averaging 15.1 points per game despite making only three starts.

Roster[edit]

2004-05 Chicago Bulls roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
C 3 United States Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Dominguez HS (CA)
C 2 United States Curry, Eddy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Thornwood HS (IL)
PF 34 United States Davis, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Texas-El Paso
SF 9 United Kingdom Deng, Luol 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
PG 21 United States Duhon, Chris 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Duke
PF 51 United States Funderburke, Lawrence 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Ohio State
SG 7 United Kingdom Gordon, Ben 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Connecticut
SG 44 United States Griffin, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Seton Hall
PF 24 United States Harrington, Othella 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Georgetown
PG 12 United States Hinrich, Kirk (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SF 5 Argentina Nocioni, Andres 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
PG 15 United States Pargo, Jannero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arkansas
SG 52 United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nebraska
C 35 United States Reiner, Jared 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Iowa
PG 30 United States Williams, Frank 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Illinois
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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

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