CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jumaine Jones didn't care how ugly his
3-pointer looked. All that mattered was that it went in.
Jones banked in a 25-footer to slow Chicago's second-half
comeback and Wesley Person scored 22 points Tuesday night, leading
the Cavaliers to a 102-84 win and keeping the Bulls winless on the
With the 24-second shot clock about to expire, Jones ran down a
loose ball, spun and bounced his long shot in off the glass to give
Cleveland a 77-69 lead after three quarters.
"He's all prayed up now," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "That
was a lucky shot."
Maybe, Jones said.
"I just wanted to hit the rim," said Jones, who finished with
20 points and 12 rebounds, "and luckily it went in. It went off
the glass, but I got three points for it."
Person made his first six shots and finished 10-of-13 as the
Cavs held off Chicago in the second half and beat the Bulls for the
10th time in 12 games.
"We just have to win some games," Mercer said. "We're a young
team, everybody's still learning. Definitely it's hard on the road.
We don't have enough veterans on this team to say what we need to
Cleveland coach John Lucas warned the Cavs that Chicago was a
dangerous team, but for most of three quarters the Bulls were quite
However, after being down 21 in the first half and nine at
halftime, Chicago reeled off 10 straight points to pull to 61-60 on
Greg Anthony's jumper with 6:20 left in the third.
But Person made two straight jumpers -- one a long 3 -- and
Ilgauskas hit a pair of baseline shots. Jones followed with his
prayer and the Bulls ran out of gas.
"We're not the type of team that can dig ourselves a 21-point
hole," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "We expended a lot of energy
trying to come back and get it to one."
Hassell's 3-pointer pulled the Bulls to 81-75 with 10:39
remaining, but with Skinner pounding the boards and getting to the
foul line for three free throws, the Cavs scored seven in a row.
Fizer scored 12 points, but was 0-for-6 from the floor in the
Skinner recently spoke to Lucas about getting more playing time,
and he certainly earned some with his defense as well as nine
points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.
"Whatever's best for the team," said Skinner. "When it's my
time to be called on I'm going to make sure I'm ready."
Mercer's basket with 4:59 left got Chicago within 10, but Ricky
Davis scored on two drives and Cleveland scored 10 straight to pull
The Cavs made their first six field goal attempts, shot 76
percent from the floor in the first quarter and led by 21 points
when Jones made his sixth straight shot.
Cleveland was still shooting 71 percent when Bimbo Coles hit a
jumper to make it 51-30, but the Cavs got lazy on defense and let
Chicago back into it.
Person was 6-for-7, Jones 6-for-8 and Cleveland's starters made
20 of 32 shots in the half.
Cleveland has won seven of nine at home. ... The Cavs had a
season-high 32 assists, and Miller set an arena record with nine in
the first quarter. ... Bulls F Charles Oakley, a Cleveland native,
turned 38 Tuesday. ... Lucas had Ilgauskas report to Gund Arena at
8:30 a.m. Tuesday for a workout. Ilgauskas has struggled in his
last two games, and Lucas has been trying to figure out how to get
his center straightened out. Lucas kept "Z" on the floor for 35
minutes until he made 500 shots. ... Browns rookie Gerard Warren
attended the game.