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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