NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Cleveland
(Monday, December 26th)
Final Score: Cleveland 102, Chicago 91
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James poured in 32 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists, as Cleveland downed Chicago, 102-91, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Drew Gooden contributed 20 points and 10 boards while Larry Hughes added 19 points for the red-hot Cavaliers, who extended their winning streak to six games. Eric Snow had a season-high 12 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
"We are very confident," said James. "We are winning ball games...We are playing well defensively and we are executing our offense. We feel very confident and we have to keep it going."
Chris Duhon had 15 points and eight assists while Andres Nocioni and Tyson Chandler also netted 15 points for the Bulls, who have dropped four consecutive contests. Kirk Hinrich finished with 14 points and eight helpers while Mike Sweetney had 14 points and seven boards in the loss.
Trailing by 11 after three quarters, Chicago opened the final period with two quick hoops to pull within 77-70. However, Cleveland responded by scoring six of the next eight points, culminated by Hughes' dunk, to restore its double- digit edge with around nine minutes remaining.
The Cavaliers widened the lead to 13 points moments later and were never seriously threatened again.
"I thought we played hard tonight," said Chicago head coach Scott Skiles. "We kind of had a pop to our step most of the game. We made too many mistakes and missed too many shots."
Cleveland led 27-21 after one quarter and held a 55-45 edge at the half.
The Bulls came back in the third period as they began the frame on a 17-8 run, keyed by eight from Nocioni, to pull within one point. Hinrich's three-pointer with 6:20 remaining in the frame cut the deficit to 63-62.
The Cavs, though, would not let Chicago get any closer in the quarter. Leading by three points moments later, Cleveland finished the session by reeling off an 8-0 run, capped by James' off-balance, fadeaway jumper, to seize a 77-66 advantage after 36 minutes.
James had 10 points in the third period.
Cleveland was 22-of-29 from the foul line and the Bulls made just 7-of-10 from the charity stripe...The Cavaliers are an Eastern Conference-best 12-3 at home this year...Cleveland won a season-high eight straight contests in November and has won at least six straight games twice in a season for the first time since 1992-93...The Cavs have taken both meetings between the clubs this year and have captured five of the past seven meetings...The Bulls have dropped four straight in Cleveland.
12/26 23:06:46 ET