Gooden and LeBron lead Cavs over Bulls
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Drew Gooden poured in 20 points while LeBron
James had 19 points and 12 assists, as Cleveland picked up where it left off
last season and once again dominated Chicago in a lopsided 113-94 victory.
James, who was heavily criticized for leaving the floor during the final
seconds of the Cavaliers’ 104-95 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday, again left the
court before the game was completed. However, this time he left because the
outcome was decided well before the completion of the fourth quarter.
Aleksandar Pavlovic scored 16 points, while Donyell Marshall and Anderson
Varejao each added 15 for Cleveland, which swept the four-game series with
Chicago last season.
Kirk Hinrich scored 20 points and dished out 11 assists for the Bulls, who
have lost six straight and 11 of their last 13 trips to Cleveland. Andres
Nocioni scored 15 points off the bench, while P.J. Brown and Luol Deng each
Ben Gordon had a rough game for Chicago, going just 1-for-10 from the field
for two points.
Cleveland jumped all over Chicago in the first quarter and held the Bulls at
arm’s length the rest of the way to coast to victory.
Down by three midway through the opening period, Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ tip-in
basket ignited an 11-2 spurt and James’ three-point play capped the run to
make it 17-11 with 4:33 left in the quarter.
Then, as time expired in the first period, James converted another three-point
play and Damon Jones nailed a three-pointer that gave the Cavs a 30-18 lead
after 12 minutes.
Cleveland took a 52-39 lead into the break and the Bulls managed to pull
within nine late in the third quarter on Thabo Sefolosha’s layup with 11
However, Marshall connected on a three-pointer with less than one second
remaining to make it 80-68 going into the final quarter.
Ben Wallace finished with two points and five rebounds for the
Bulls…Ilgauskas had eight points and nine boards for Cleveland…The Cavs
shot 57 percent from the floor, while Chicago shot 44 percent.