CHICAGO – Michael Sweetney hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds left and Kirk Hinrich added 23 points for the Chicago Bulls, who overcame 26 turnovers on their way to an 85-84 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Ben Gordon added 12 points and Sweetney scored nine – none bigger than the final two.

With the Warriors ahead 84-83, Hinrich found Sweetney on the right block. Troy Murphy fouled him, and Sweetney hit both free throws to put the Bulls ahead.

The Warriors had one last chance.

Baron Davis nearly lost the ball along the sideline and had to call time. After a foul by Chicago’s Tyson Chandler, Jason Richardson caught the inbounds and drove by Luol Deng. Chandler stepped in, raised his arms, and Richardson’s floater missed as another wild game involving the Bulls ended.

Chicago has had two games go into overtime, and the two that ended in regulation were decided by one point.

Baron Davis scored 17 points and Jason Richardson and Derek Fisher added 15 apiece for the Warriors, who were trying to complete their first three-game road sweep since December 1992.

Gordon hit three free throws after being fouled by Fisher to give the Bulls an 80-78 lead with 1:43 remaining. A falling Fisher banked in a three from the wing to make it 81-80, and the Bulls regained the lead, 83-81, on Andres Nocioni’s 3-pointer with 1:05 left.

With about 40 seconds left, Gordon threw a bad outlet pass toward Hinrich, resulting in a turnover. Golden State worked the ball to Mike Dunleavy, who missed seven of his first eight shots before hitting a three that put the Warriors back on top, 84-83, with 11.3 seconds left.

That didn’t last.

A short-handed Bulls team pulled out the win.

With Duhon nursing a bone bruise on his right knee, Bulls coach Scott Skiles opted to keep reigning sixth man of the year Ben Gordon on the bench and start Piatkowski at shooting guard.

Duhon injured the knee in a collision with Charlotte’s Raymond Felton in last week’s season-opener but finished with his first triple-double (18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds). He had 11 points and 10 assists against New Jersey on Saturday but was just 2-of-9 with four points against San Antonio on Monday.

“It really bothered him in the San Antonio game,” Skiles said.

Skiles never considered starting Gordon, who leads the team with 17.0 points per game.

Notes: The Bulls’ first three games were decided by a total of 14 points – a 109-105 season-opening overtime victory over New Orleans, a 100-99 loss to New Jersey and a 104-95 overtime loss to San Antonio. … Warriors F Andris Biedrins missed his fourth game with a sprained right ankle. … The Warriors and Bulls meet again Nov. 14. … In December 1992, the Warriors won at Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

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