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.

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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