NEW YORK - Jim Boylan got a new job, then asked Ben Gordon to accept an old one.
That's two moves, two wins for the Chicago Bulls.
Gordon scored 25 points in his second consecutive strong performance since returning to a reserve role, leading the Bulls to a 100-83 victory over the New York Knicks yesterday.
Luol Deng added 17 points for the Bulls, who are 2-0 since Boylan became the interim head coach this week, three days after the firing of Scott Skiles. Boylan's first decision was to ask Gordon to give up his starter's role, and it paid off immediately.
"I wasn't happy, but he wanted to bring some more scoring off of the bench," Gordon said. "At the end of the day, I just always want the team to win and for everybody to do well. So I told him if that's what he thinks will work, then I was for it."
Gordon, the NBA's sixth man of the year as a rookie in 2004-05, scored 31 points Friday in a victory over Milwaukee. He made 11 of 15 shots yesterday in another good outing at Madison Square Garden, not far from where he grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
"What can I say? He came out again this afternoon and was just solid out there," Boylan said. "His defense was good. He moved the ball. He made the plays he needed to make. He was obviously very efficient shooting 11 for 15. He just seems like he's in a great rhythm."
Zach Randolph shot only 8 of 23 but had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and fell to 8-21. Nate Robinson led New York with 19 points.
The Knicks played without leading scorer Jamal Crawford, who bruised his right hand in practice Friday, while fellow starting guard Stephon Marbury was back with the team but not in uniform. He has missed most of the month since his father's death.
Knicks coach Isiah Thomas also has tinkered with his lineup, but the results haven't shown yet. Randolph was back in the lineup and Eddy Curry started on the bench yesterday, a game after they had the opposite roles in a loss at Orlando on Wednesday.
Asked what he's seen from his changes, Thomas said: "Well, we're not winning. That's the only reason why you do it, is you try to win basketball games."
Thomas won't say the Randolph-Curry tandem is done for good, but it hasn't clicked thus far.
"I'm definitely not embracing it, but what can I do?" Curry said of the reserve role.
Suns 117, Kings 102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help Phoenix beat Sacramento.
Shawn Marion made five three-pointers and had 25 points, Leandro Barbosa scored 22 points, Steve Nash had 12 points and 15 assists, Grant Hill contributed 12 points, and Raja Bell added 11.
After the Kings cut the lead to 99-96 on a basket by Dahntay Jones, Stoudemire followed with a dunk, igniting a 12-0 run by the Suns, who went ahead by 111-96 with 2 minutes, 12 seconds left.
Before the game, the Kings learned Ron Artest could face surgery this week to remove chipped bone fragments in his right elbow. The Kings are 2-8 without Artest in the lineup and went winless in their four-game homestand.
Warriors 105, Nuggets 95
DENVER - Baron Davis scored 28 points and Stephen Jackson added 23 to help Golden State beat Denver, ending a seven-game losing streak in Denver.
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Linas Kleiza and J.R. Smith added 15 points each for Denver, whose season-high seven-game winning streak was snapped.
Spurs 111, Grizzlies 87
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points and San Antonio handed Memphis its fifth straight loss.
Duncan also grabbed 17 rebounds and Parker had nine assists. Michael Finley scored 22 points, including five three-pointers, for the Spurs.
Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 19 points, and Rudy Gay, whose buzzer-beating three-pointer earlier this month gave Memphis its only win over the Spurs this season, added 16.
The Grizzlies have lost eight of their last 10 games.