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Chandler, Curry trigger blowout
Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry were 4 when Hubie Brown last came to Chicago as an NBA coach.
As Brown, 69, returns to the coaching ranks with the Memphis Grizzlies after a 15-year absence, the Twin Toddlers continue their NBA education.
Chandler and Curry grew up plenty Saturday night at the United Center, supplying the early energy that the Bulls rode to a 111-93 victory over Memphis before a crowd of 20,653.
Donyell Marshall, who scored a game-high 31 points and had 17 rebounds, finished strong for Curry and Chandler, keeping the Grizzlies as the league's only winless team. Brown is 0-2 since replacing Sidney Lowe on Tuesday.
Chandler and Curry scored the Bulls' first 19 points, including back-to-back spectacular dunks, as the Bulls led for all but the first 2 minutes 53 seconds.
Curry took a pass from Jalen Rose and soared from outside the lane to dunk over Drew Gooden. Chandler followed with a perfectly timed alley-oop from Jay Williams.
The Bulls, who didn't win their fourth game last season until Dec. 8, used a team effort.
Marshall continued the inside dominance begun by Chandler and Curry by scoring 15 points in the second quarter, including 13 straight. Jamal Crawford quarterbacked a solid effort from the reserves as the Bulls led by as many as 18 in scoring a season-high 60 first-half points.
Jay Williams contributed 12 points and 12 assists. Jalen Rose, who equaled Marshall's game-high 31, hit a three-pointer and scored on a conventional three-point play on consecutive possessions after Memphis had cut the deficit to 70-66 late in the third.
Chandler, who played with a wrap above his right elbow in the second half, finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Curry had 14 points.
The Bulls play their next six games on the road. Over the last three seasons, the Bulls are 0-21 on the annual "circus trip," so named because the circus takes over the United Center.
Brown, meanwhile, continues to search for his first NBA victory since Nov. 25, 1986, when he led the Knicks over Houston. He's just as intense, calling for the rare in-season double practice sessions when he took over and ditching his sport coat midway through the first quarter on Saturday.
The sidelines are a far cry from broadcasting.
"It's a different world," Brown admitted. "At the end of the game as a coach, you're soaking wet, through your shirt, through your coat.
"When you end a telecast, you can pontificate and never be wrong because of the video replay and Telestrator and then go out and have a nice dinner. You don't worry about wins, losses, pressure, fans."
Bill Cartwright played for Brown during his last season with the Knicks in 1986-87 and is 6-5 against coaches he once played for.
Layups: Cartwright and general manager Jerry Krause face a decision now that Corie Blount has sat his required five games on the injured list with a strained hamstring. Dalibor Bagaric is clearly not in Cartwright's rotation and could sit on the upcoming trip. ... Rose, Marshall and Williams are on the All-Star ballot.
Fred Hoiberg bruised his left quadriceps and will be evaluated Sunday.