NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Chicago
(Thursday, March 31st)
Final Score: Chicago 102, Cleveland 90 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ben Gordon scored a team-high 21 points as Chicago extended its winning streak to eight games by dispatching Cleveland, 102-90, in overtime at the United Center.
Antonio Davis netted 17 points, while Tyson Chandler finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who are now 2 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. Gordon added a season-high eight assists in the win.
"I don't know if I could be too much prouder of out team," Bulls head coach Scott Skiles said. "That was a very gutsy win."
Drew Gooden led all scorers with 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which saw its two-game winning streak come to an end. LeBron James collected 26 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in the losing effort. His trey as time expired sent the game into the extra session.
"I though we were going to have some momentum going into overtime," Gooden said. "But it turned out we got outscored 14-2 and we didn't get any stops defensively."
Jeff McInnis got Cleveland within 72-68, following his three-point play in the early moments of the fourth quarter, but Chicago answered scoring the next four points.
Jannero Pargo drilled a jumper, while Davis added a bucket to make it 76-68 with 9:27 to play.
Cleveland continued to hang around, though, and cut it to 80-76 after Gooden knocked down a pair from the charity stripe.
Gooden connected from the floor, making it a 82-79 contest with 3:54 on the clock, but Gordon quickly put Chicago back up five with his floater in the lane.
Gooden delivered again for the Cavs, hitting a two-point bucket and cutting the deficit to 85-81 with just under two minutes to go.
Moments later, down by a deuce, Zydrunas Ilgauskas tipped in a Gooden miss to tie the game at 85-85 with 25.6 seconds left on the clock.
After the timeout, Gordon took the pass from Kirk Hinrich, dribbled to the lane and seemed to pull up for a jumper but spotted Tyson Chandler wide open underneath the hoop who hit the layup and was fouled.
Chandler hit the free throw to put the Bulls up 88-85 with 2.8 ticks left.
On the ensuing possession, McInnis triggered the inbounds pass to James who was tightly guarded by Gordon yet he was still able to connect from three- point range to send the game into the extra session.
Chicago owned the overtime period, scoring the first 11 points of the frame as Andres Nocioni sealed the win on his jumper with 2:31 left.
"We did everything we could to come back tonight," James said. "We sent it into overtime but we missed some shots. They got into a good start in overtime and that was the game."
In what was a tight low-scoring first half, the Cavaliers carried a 48-46 lead into the break. Chicago was able to pull ahead in the third stanza and after a Davis jumper, led 67-61 heading into the final stanza.
Chicago is now a season-high nine games over .500. The Bulls eight-game winning streak is their longest since the 1997-98 season...Cleveland shot 0- of-6 from the floor in overtime...Both clubs combined to go 4-of-21 from three-point territory...Chicago outrebounded Cleveland 48-41.
04/01 00:20:21 ET