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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        21   23   18   23    85   
      CHICAGO          27   27   26   33    113     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 19, JEFF MCINNIS 15, 
                      ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 13
                CHI - BEN GORDON 21, EDDY CURRY 20, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 7, DREW GOODEN 7, 
                      LUCIOUS HARRIS 5
                CHI - EDDY CURRY 9, TYSON CHANDLER 9, KIRK 
                      HINRICH 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 6, ERIC SNOW 3, JEFF 
                      MCINNIS 3
                CHI - CHRIS DUHON 8, KIRK HINRICH 4, LUOL DENG
                      3

         ATT:   15,374

Box Score

CLEVELAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 38 5-15 9-12 0-2 6 2 19 D Gooden 28 4-10 4-4 2-7 1 1 12 Z Ilgauskas 34 5-11 3-4 4-7 0 4 13 J McInnis 35 6-15 1-2 1-3 3 3 15 I Newble 15 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 L Harris 23 2-7 1-1 2-5 0 2 6 E Snow 18 0-3 2-2 2-3 3 4 2 A Varejao 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 4 2 S Williams 11 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 4 0 L Jackson 9 1-3 3-3 1-3 1 2 5 A Pavlovic 9 4-8 1-3 0-1 1 1 9 D Diop 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-80 24-31 12-33 16 30 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.363, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (L James 0-2, J McInnis 2-5, L Harris 1-2, E Snow 0-1, A Pavlovic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:10 (Z Ilgauskas 4, S Williams 2, I Newble, D Gooden, A Varejao, L James). Turnovers:12 (L James 4, Z Ilgauskas 2, J McInnis 2, D Gooden 2, E Snow, L Harris). Steals: 8 (A Varejao 2, S Williams, E Snow, A Pavlovic, L James, Z Ilgauskas, D Diop). CHICAGO (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Deng 30 3-10 2-2 0-1 3 2 8 A Davis 24 2-4 2-3 4-6 0 2 6 E Curry 23 8-13 4-6 4-9 1 5 20 K Hinrich 33 5-15 4-5 1-8 4 2 15 C Duhon 26 2-2 0-0 0-2 8 3 6 B Gordon 31 8-12 4-4 0-3 1 2 21 T Chandler 29 5-7 5-5 2-9 0 4 15 A Nocioni 18 3-4 8-8 0-6 2 2 15 O Harrington 16 1-3 5-6 0-1 0 1 7 A Griffin 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 F Williams 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 E Piatkowski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-70 34-39 11-46 22 26 113 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.872. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (L Deng 0-1, K Hinrich 1-3, C Duhon 2-2, B Gordon 1-1, A Nocioni 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (T Chandler 2, A Davis, O Harrington, L Deng, F Williams, E Curry). Turnovers:20 (T Chandler 4, C Duhon 3, A Nocioni 3, A Griffin 2, E Curry 2, A Davis, L Deng, B Gordon, O Harrington, K Hinrich, F Williams). Steals: 7 (K Hinrich 2, A Davis, F Williams, C Duhon, B Gordon, A Nocioni). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 21 23 18 23 - 85 CHICAGO 27 27 26 33 - 113 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Cleveland - 3 (I Newble, 6:23 1st; Defensive Three, 11:47 2nd; L Harris, 9:28 4th). Chicago - 1 (Defensive Three, 0:54 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,374. T: 2:18. Officials: Luis Grillo, Mark Ayotte, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (85) AT CHICAGO (113) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 38 5-15 9-12 0 2 2 6 2 1 4 19 D GOODEN F 28 4-10 4-4 2 5 7 1 1 0 2 12 Z ILGAUSKAS C 34 5-11 3-4 4 3 7 0 4 1 2 13 J MCINNIS G 35 6-15 1-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 2 15 I NEWBLE G 15 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 L HARRIS 23 2-7 1-1 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 6 E SNOW 18 0-3 2-2 2 1 3 3 4 1 1 2 A VAREJAO 13 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 2 S WILLIAMS 11 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 L JACKSON 9 1-3 3-3 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 5 A PAVLOVIC 9 4-8 1-3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 9 D DIOP 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 TOTALS 240 29-80 24-31 12 21 33 16 30 8 12 85 (.363) (.774) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (15 PTS) CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L DENG F 30 3-10 2-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 8 A DAVIS F 24 2-4 2-3 4 2 6 0 2 1 1 6 E CURRY C 23 8-13 4-6 4 5 9 1 5 0 2 20 K HINRICH G 33 5-15 4-5 1 7 8 4 2 2 1 15 C DUHON G 26 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 8 3 1 3 6 B GORDON 31 8-12 4-4 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 21 T CHANDLER 29 5-7 5-5 2 7 9 0 4 0 4 15 A NOCIONI 18 3-4 8-8 0 6 6 2 2 1 3 15 O HARRINGTON 16 1-3 5-6 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 A GRIFFIN 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 F WILLIAMS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 E PIATKOWSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-70 34-39 11 35 46 22 26 7 20 113 (.529) (.872) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20 (20 PTS) CLEVELAND 21 23 18 23 - 85 CHICAGO 27 27 26 33 - 113 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 4, S WILLIAMS 2, I NEWBLE, D GOODEN, A VAREJAO, L JAMES. CHICAGO - T CHANDLER 2, A DAVIS, O HARRINGTON, L DENG, F WILLIAMS, E CURRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-11 (.273), L JAMES 0-2, J MCINNIS 2- 5, L HARRIS 1-2, E SNOW 0-1, A PAVLOVIC 0-1. CHICAGO 5-9 (.556), L DENG 0- 1, K HINRICH 1-3, C DUHON 2-2, B GORDON 1-1, A NOCIONI 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - I NEWBLE, DEFENSIVE THREE, L HARRIS. CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, MARK AYOTTE, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 15,374. T - 2:18.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For once, the Chicago Bulls were the bullies. Rookie Ben Gordon scored 21 points to lead a balanced attack as the Bulls never trailed in a surprising 113-85 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Off to another embarrassing start, the Bulls had lost 13 of their first 15 games with eight of the defeats coming by double digits. But behind Gordon, the third pick in June's draft, the Bulls matched their most lopsided victory since a 103-75 rout of Houston on December 4, 2001. Chicago led by as many as 34 points in the fourth quarter. "Start to finish, I thought that was our best game," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought our defense was very, very good." Gordon went 8-of-12 from the field in 31 minutes. He played just four minutes and missed his only two shots in Monday's 91-75 loss to San Antonio. "This was a lot of fun," said Gordon, who fell one point shy of matching his season high. "Everyone was out there just playing together. We were out there not thinking too much, just covering each other's backs." "Ben shot the ball well tonight," Skiles said. "When Ben gets down and is aggressive, he can score. There's no doubt about it." Eddy Curry added 20 points and nine rebounds and Tyson Chandler 15 and nine for Chicago, which took control with a 15-6 run in the third quarter that opened a 71-52 lead. Rookie Andres Nocioni and Kirk Hinrich also netted 15 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot 53 percent (37-of-70) and held a 46-33 rebounding advantage. LeBron James struggled to 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting for the Cavaliers (12-7), who came into the contest with the Eastern Conference's best record but played their worst game of the season. "It was just one of those nights," James said. "They're an NBA team. We don't downplay anybody. We respect everyone." "I knew right away we weren't in sync tonight," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "I felt it. I knew it." Gordon scored the first five points to trigger a 17-6 surge as the Bulls opened a 44-27 lead. They settled for a 54-44 advantage at the break before breaking things open in the third quarter. Rookie Chris Duhon made a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter and fed former Duke teammate Luol Deng for an alley-oop dunk, pushing the advantage to 71-52 with 4:33 left in the quarter. Chandler scored nine points in the quarter as the lead grew to 20 entering the final period. "I felt like when we got out there we played as a team the whole night," Chandler said. "When we get that and the communication on defense and offense, we will win a lot of ballgames. That's what it takes." Deng also had a hand in slowing down James, who scored 26 points in a 96-74 victory over the Bulls on November 27. "He's tought to guard especially when he's coming off picks," said the 6-8 Deng, who has a long wingspan. "You're coming full speed at him. He's quick and his reaction is quick when he attacks you. That's the toughest part of guarding him."


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