Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Tuesday, December 18th
Game 2: Saturday, December 29th
Game 3: Saturday, February 16th
Game 4: Saturday, April 6th

Bulls 101

(17-59, 4-33 away)

Cavaliers 120

(27-49, 19-20 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    8:00 PM ET, April 6, 2002

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 21 26 31 23101
    CLE 34 37 31 18120

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Rose 30 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast

    Cleveland: A. Miller 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 16 Ast, 7 Stl

    Miller too much, Bulls remain in daze

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Lucas finally had a chance to see the Cleveland Cavaliers at their best.

    Andre Miller had 23 points and 16 assists to lead Cleveland to a 120-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, just the second win in nine game for the Cavaliers.

    "That was the best that we could play within our roles," Lucas said after the Cavs' 76th game of the season. "We never really let them get back in the game."

    Miller had 14 points and four assists as the Cavaliers extended their lead to 29 points in the third quarter.

    Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards.

    Jalen Rose scored 18 of his 30 points in the third quarter for Chicago, which saw its losing streak reach nine games. The Bulls have lost 17 of 18.

    "We're in a position right now where teams feel there is an opportunity to jump on us," Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said. "We didn't bring energy early, then fought back too late and made the best of a bad situation."

    Miller stole a pass by Rose and fed Wesley Person for an uncontested dunk that gave Cleveland its largest lead at 94-65 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.

    "Then we had our lapse as we normally do in the fourth quarter, but at least we had a big enough lead to protect," Miller said.

    Chicago opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run, closing within 104-89. Chris Mihm and Lamond Murray each scored off offensive rebounds to push the Cavaliers' lead to 19 points.

    "We stopped playing defense there," Lucas said. "We wanted them to quit and take Rose out of the game, but they never quit."

    Cleveland closed the first quarter with a 17-4 run. Miller had six points, three assists and a steal in the outburst as the Cavaliers moved out to a 34-21 lead.

    The Cavs shot 15-for-21 in the second quarter. Ricky Davis scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half for Cleveland, which led 71-47 at the break.

    "It's defense, defense takes heart," said Bulls rookie forward Tyson Chandler, who scored 11 points. "You can't allow a team to score 70 points in two quarters. That's ridiculous, we can't expect to win while giving up 70 in a half."

    Game notes

    The Cavs' first-half and final point totals, along with their 57 rebounds and 34 assists, were season highs. ... Cleveland did not commit a turnover until four seconds remained in the first half. ... Bulls F Charles Oakley was sidelined with a sore back and G Eddie Robinson missed his second straight game with a strained left groin. ... Cleveland has won 10 of the last 12 meetings. ... Cavs F Tyrone Hill had 13 rebounds, his 12th double-figure rebounding game in 20 contests this season. ... Chicago is 1-22 on the road against Eastern Conference teams.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 120
    FGM-FGA 39-81 (.481) 48-101 (.475)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 18-19 (.947) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-32 23-57
    Assists 30 34
    Turnovers 13 10
    Steals 3 11
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 9 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 30
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 16
    Stl: 7
    Blk: 0