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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHICAGO          17   20   15   22    74   
      CLEVELAND        21   28   27   20    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHI - EDDY CURRY 20, LUOL DENG 12, ANDRES 
                      NOCIONI 8
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 26, JEFF MCINNIS 16, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 13

HIGH REBOUND:   CHI - TYSON CHANDLER 9, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 6, LUOL
                      DENG 5
                CLE - ROBERT TRAYLOR 11, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 9,
                      LEBRON JAMES 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHI - KIRK HINRICH 6, LUOL DENG 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                CLE - JEFF MCINNIS 8, LEBRON JAMES 7, ERIC 
                      SNOW 4

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

CHICAGO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Deng 32 5-12 2-2 3-5 3 0 12 A Nocioni 16 3-5 1-2 0-1 0 2 8 A Davis 20 1-4 1-2 0-4 0 1 3 K Hinrich 28 3-10 0-0 0-3 6 0 6 C Duhon 19 0-1 1-2 0-2 2 2 1 E Curry 25 8-18 4-5 2-4 0 3 20 T Chandler 28 1-5 4-8 2-9 2 1 6 B Gordon 27 2-7 0-0 0-0 1 3 5 A Griffin 15 2-3 0-0 2-6 1 1 4 O Harrington 13 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 E Piatkowski 17 1-2 3-3 0-0 2 1 5 J Pargo DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 16-24 9-35 17 16 74 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (L Deng 0-1, A Nocioni 1-2, K Hinrich 0-4, B Gordon 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:1 (T Chandler). Turnovers:15 (B Gordon 4, C Duhon 3, L Deng 3, E Curry 2, K Hinrich 2, E Piatkowski). Steals: 6 (B Gordon 3, E Piatkowski, T Chandler, K Hinrich). CLEVELAND (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 32 11-17 3-4 1-7 7 0 26 D Gooden 24 3-6 0-0 2-6 1 4 6 Z Ilgauskas 35 6-15 1-1 4-9 2 4 13 J McInnis 29 5-8 2-3 1-1 8 2 16 I Newble 29 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 D Diop 12 0-2 0-0 3-6 1 4 0 E Snow 10 2-4 0-0 0-1 4 2 4 D Wagner 19 3-10 1-2 0-0 2 0 8 R Traylor 25 5-6 2-4 3-11 2 5 12 L Harris 16 1-6 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 L Jackson 9 2-5 1-2 1-1 1 1 7 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 10-16 16-49 30 25 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (L James 1-2, J McInnis 4-6, D Diop 0-1, D Wagner 1-5, L Harris 0-1, L Jackson 2-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (D Diop 2, R Traylor, D Gooden). Turnovers:15 (Z Ilgauskas 4, D Diop 2, D Gooden 2, D Wagner 2, L James 2, J McInnis, I Newble, R Traylor). Steals: 11 (R Traylor 3, J McInnis 2, D Gooden 2, Z Ilgauskas, L James, D Diop, D Wagner). ------------------------------------------- CHICAGO 17 20 15 22 - 74 CLEVELAND 21 28 27 20 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Chicago - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:24 2nd). Cleveland - 1 (COACH Silas, 1:10 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:00. Officials: Eric Lewis, Ron Olesiak, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

CHICAGO (74) AT CLEVELAND (96) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L DENG F 32 5-12 2-2 3 2 5 3 0 0 3 12 A NOCIONI F 16 3-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 8 A DAVIS C 20 1-4 1-2 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 3 K HINRICH G 28 3-10 0-0 0 3 3 6 0 1 2 6 C DUHON G 19 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 3 1 E CURRY 25 8-18 4-5 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 20 T CHANDLER 28 1-5 4-8 2 7 9 2 1 1 0 6 B GORDON 27 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 3 4 5 A GRIFFIN 15 2-3 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 0 4 O HARRINGTON 13 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 E PIATKOWSKI 17 1-2 3-3 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 5 J PARGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-70 16-24 9 26 35 17 16 6 15 74 (.400) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16 (19 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 32 11-17 3-4 1 6 7 7 0 1 2 26 D GOODEN F 24 3-6 0-0 2 4 6 1 4 2 2 6 Z ILGAUSKAS C 35 6-15 1-1 4 5 9 2 4 1 4 13 J MCINNIS G 29 5-8 2-3 1 0 1 8 2 2 1 16 I NEWBLE G 29 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 2 D DIOP 12 0-2 0-0 3 3 6 1 4 1 2 0 E SNOW 10 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 4 D WAGNER 19 3-10 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 8 R TRAYLOR 25 5-6 2-4 3 8 11 2 5 3 1 12 L HARRIS 16 1-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 L JACKSON 9 2-5 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 7 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-84 10-16 16 33 49 30 25 11 15 96 (.464) (.625) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15 (10 PTS) CHICAGO 17 20 15 22 - 74 CLEVELAND 21 28 27 20 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - T CHANDLER. CLEVELAND - D DIOP 2, R TRAYLOR, D GOODEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-10 (.200), L DENG 0-1, A NOCIONI 1-2, K HINRICH 0-4, B GORDON 1-3. CLEVELAND 8-18 (.444), L JAMES 1-2, J MCINNIS 4- 6, D DIOP 0-1, D WAGNER 1-5, L HARRIS 0-1, L JACKSON 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE. CLEVELAND - COACH SILAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ERIC LEWIS, RON OLESIAK, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 19,763. T - 2:00.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- LeBron James came into the league with almost unrealistic expectations. In just his second season, he may already be exceeding the hype. James scored 26 points to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 as the Cleveland Cavaliers coasted to a 96-74 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Last season's Rookie of the Year, James reached the 2,000-point mark on a fadeaway jumper with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter. At 19 years, 272 days, James eclipsed Kobe Bryant (20 years, 184 days). "It came so quick," James said. "I don't even notice these things until people tell me." James, who entered the game second in the NBA at 27.3 points per game, was 11-of-17 from the field. He also added seven assists and seven rebounds. After opening the season with three straight losses, Cleveland has won nine of its last 10 games. "When you're winning, that breeds confidence and unselfishness," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "I think LeBron leads the charge when he's getting it up not forcing anything, and everybody else just buys in." James' development has not gone unnoticed by his opponents. "(His leadership) is impressive," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "There's a lot of teams in the league looking for leadership out of veteran players, let alone young players, so it's impressive." "(James) has become a leader," Bulls center Antonio Davis said. "Everyone has taken on his personality. They are attacking the rim. He's leading by example and playing with a lot of energy." After James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Cleveland a 49-37 halftime lead, Jeff McInnis opened the third period by converting a three-point play and hitting a 3-pointer around a basket by Bulls rookie Luol Deng to make it 55-39. McInnis scored 10 of his 16 points in the third period, which ended with the Cavaliers holding a 76-52 lead. That allowed the starters to sit for almost all of the fourth quarter. "I've been working real hard with my shooting coach and it has paid off," McInnis said. With the benefit of playing the final period, the Cavaliers' bench was able to greatly improve its production. After scoring just four points Friday, the reserves scored 33 in this one, led by Robert Traylor's 12 and 11 rebounds. Eddy Curry came off the bench to score 20 points for the Bulls, who went 1-6 on their road trip. "We were tired," Skiles said. "We could tell right from the beginning. We have a lot of guys going through this for the first time." "I know there was fatigue," Davis said. "But that's no excuse to at least come out and put forth the effort needed."


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