Suddenly, it's a series.

Ben Gordon scored 28 points and the hot-shooting Chicago Bulls beat the host Detroit Pistons, 108-92, last night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, pulling to 3-2 in the series.

Detroit opened the series with two routs and made a big comeback in the third game, leading some to predict a sweep.

Obviously, the Bulls had other plans.

Game 6 is tomorrow night in Chicago and if Game 7 is necessary, it would be Monday night back on the Pistons' homecourt.

The Bulls were also led by Luol Deng, who scored 20, Kirk Hinrich, who had 17, and P.J. Brown, who scored a playoff-high 15.


* Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and is expected to be ready for training camp in October.

* Miami guard Dwyane Wade had surgery on his shoulder and knee, and might need the remainder of the offseason to fully recover.

* Milwaukee forward Ruben Patterson was accused of failing to register as a convicted sex offender - a misdemeanor - after he moved to a new home in a Cincinnati suburb. In 2001, while playing for Portland, he pleaded guilty in Washington state to an attempted rape charge and is now required to register as a sex offender.

* Justin Wolfers, the Wharton School professor whose report concluding NBA referees were more likely to call fouls against players of a race other than themselves, said he confirmed his findings after studying the NBA's own data on officiating. reported an independent study it had contracted to analyze the conflicting reports agreed with Wolfers' conclusions. An NBA spokesman declined to respond to the Web site's study. *