Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/4

Game 1: Wednesday, December 4th
Game 2: Saturday, December 7th
Game 3: Saturday, January 4th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 18th

Cavaliers 79

(7-28, 2-16 away)

Bulls 85

(12-21, 11-7 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 4, 2003

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 12 21 18 2879
    CHI 24 25 17 1985

    Top Performers

    Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 27 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Chi: T. Hassell 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bulls bounce back after blowing 20-point lead

    CHICAGO (AP) -- A stomach flu kept Jalen Rose up into the wee hours Saturday morning. He would have felt worse if the Bulls hadn't recovered after blowing a 20-point lead Saturday night.

    Jalen Rose

    Rose had four free throws in the final period and a jumper with 42 seconds left as the Chicago Bulls held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 85-79.

    "We're disappointed we let a big lead get away. We wanted to have a killer instinct, but didn't have one,'' Rose said.

    Cleveland, using a press, got back in the game with a 23-7 fourth-quarter run and took the lead twice. Each time, Chicago's Tyson Chandler responded with go-ahead baskets.

    "We made some mistakes,'' Chandler said. "We shouldn't have been in that situation."

    Rose scored 19 points and Chandler had 16.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 27 points and Ricky Davis had 17 -- shooting just 4-for-18 -- to lead the Cavaliers, who trailed 42-22 in the first half and were still behind by 15 after three quarters.

    "We didn't play until the fourth quarter,'' Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "We got back in the game and then our inexperience really showed. We missed opportunities to win the game and we couldn't get that one stop to get us over the hump.''

    Darius Miles' fast-break alley-oop dunk with 4:02 left capped a 14-2 Cleveland run that cut the Bulls' lead to 73-71. Miles then stole the inbounds pass, leading to Smush Parker's 3-pointer that gave Cleveland a 74-73 lead, its first since the first quarter.

    Chandler answered with an inside basket before Davis hit two free throws to put the Cavaliers up for the final time, 76-75. Chandler then scored again with 2:43 to go as Chicago took the lead for good.

    "We came back, but we still lost the game,'' said Ilgauskas. `That's the frustrating thing about it.''

    Chicago's Jay Williams left the game with a sprained ankle in the first quarter after he blocked a shot by Miles and did not return. X-rays were negative, and he will be reevaluated Sunday.

    After Williams left, the Bulls went on an 11-2 run to go up 20-9 with 3:52 left in the first. The Bulls ended the quarter up 24-12 and led 49-33 at the half.

    Ilgauskas had 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting, six rebounds and two blocks in the first half, while Wagner added 10 points.

    Chandler paced the Bulls in the first half with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting while Rose scored 11.

    Game notes

    Cleveland's flight did not arrive in Chicago until 1:30 a.m. Saturday. ... Cleveland's 81-80 win Friday night against Toronto snapped a 14-game road losing streak. ... Trenton Hassell added 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting and had nine rebounds for the Bulls. ... Williams will be re-evaluated Sunday. He sat on the bench in street clothes the second half. ... Cleveland shot just 34.6 percent from the field.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 85
    FGM-FGA 27-78 (.346) 31-74 (.419)
    3PM-3PA 1-11 (.091) 2-6 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 24-31 (.774) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-47 8-43
    Assists 19 23
    Turnovers 21 19
    Steals 11 9
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 7 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 26 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
    Points: 27
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Trenton Hassell Hassell
    Points: 14
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1