NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Chicago
(Wednesday, December 8th)
Final Score: Chicago 113, Cleveland 85
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Rookie Ben Gordon scored 21 points off the bench to lead Chicago to a 113-85 win over Cleveland at the United Center.
Eddy Curry finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Kirk Hinrich, Tyson Chandler and Andres Nocioni each contributed 15 points.
"Start to finish I thought that was our best game," Bulls head coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought our defense was very, very good. We did a great job on LeBron."
LeBron James posted 19 points and six assists for the Cavaliers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Jeff McInnis added 15 points.
Hinrich's three straight foul shots midway through first quarter opened a 19-9 lead for Chicago.
James drained two foul shots, with 2:05 remaining in the first, to pull Cleveland within 22-17.
A layup by Nocioni, with nine seconds left in the quarter, put Chicago ahead 27-18. It led 27-21 at the end of the first.
The Bulls opened the second quarter with nine straight points and a 17-6 surge. A driving layup by Hinrich, midway through the second, put them ahead 44-27.
Cleveland, which trailed 54-44 at halftime, couldn't get any closer in the third quarter.
"Every good team in the league has one of those nights at least four times a year," James said. "It was a long night. We had no energy."
A three-point play by Chandler with less than four minutes left in the third opened a 74-54 lead for Chicago. The team led 80-62 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers got no closer.
Hinrich registered eight assists and Chandler pulled down nine rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of the last five games over Cleveland at home...Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 13 points and Drew Gooden notched 12 for the Cavaliers, who won the last meeting with Chicago -- 96-74 last month at home.
12/09 00:55:28 ET