Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Saturday, November 27th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 8th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 23rd
Game 4: Thursday, March 31st

Cavaliers 90

(37-33, 11-24 away)

Bulls 102

(40-31, 23-13 home)

7:00 PM ET, March 31, 2005

United Center, Chicago, IL

1 2 3 4 OT T
CLE 23 25 13 27 290
CHI 22 24 21 21 14102

Top Performers

Cle: D. Gooden 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Chi: T. Chandler 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Chicago's 11-0 run helps secure 8th win in row

CHICAGO (AP) -- LeBron James' game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation could have crushed the Chicago Bulls.

Instead, it made them more determined to keep their winning streak intact.

"Going in the huddle we were not demoralized. We were ready to play more. As a matter of fact they were angry about it. We just came right out and took control right away," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said.

That the Bulls did, opening overtime with an 11-0 run to defeat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-90 Thursday night for their eighth straight victory. The winning streak is Chicago's longest of the season and extended the Bulls' lead over Cleveland in the East to 2½ games.

"We are on a roll here. We are four games out of first. We want to continue to move up," Skiles said.

Tyson Chandler scored five of his 15 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds. Ben Gordon scored 21 and had a career-high eight assists, while Antonio Davis added 17 points, four in overtime.

Drew Gooden scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, and James added 26 on 10-of-28 shooting against the tough defense of rookie Andres Nocioni.

"It seemed they wanted it more as a home game, and they outbattled us for loose balls and finished the plays down the stretch," Gooden said.

James missed all three of his shots in overtime when the Cavaliers were outscored 14-2 and didn't manage a field goal.

Chandler converted a three-point play with 2.8 seconds left in regulation after a splendid pass from Gordon to put the Bulls up 88-85 in regulation. But after a timeout, James curled to get the inbounds pass, and when the Bulls didn't foul him, he took one dribble and let fly with his 3-pointer from the left side of the arc.

"I got a good screen from my big guys," James said. "I knew I had 2.8 seconds to go, so I just took my time and let it ride."

In overtime, Davis and Kirk Hinrich hit jumpers, Chandler converted another three-point play, Davis hit two more from the line and Nocioni sank a jumper to cap the 11-0 spurt.

"LeBron hits that big shot and we respond," Davis said. "You got young guys on the floor and you see them put their head down. But they put it down for a second and picked it right back up and a light goes off. That was something all last year we couldn't do."

Eddy Curry, the team's leading scorer, remained in Charlotte for treatment of an irregular heartbeat that prevented him from playing Wednesday night as well. But Chandler and Davis, who played 48 minutes at age 36, took up the slack.

"I think he will be fine and we miss him," Davis said. "We were going in saying, `We don't have Eddy, we have to make up for all he brings to this team."

Davis took an inbounds pass and hit a turnaround jumper just before the third quarter buzzer go put the Bulls ahead 67-61. The Bull increased the lead to eight early in the fourth when Davis made three free throws and a basket on the break.

Gooden hit his first six shots and scored 15 of Cleveland's first 21 points.

James struggled with his shooting in the first half, missing six of 10 field goal attempts and three of five from the line, but his slashing drive on a break put the Cavs up 48-46 at the half.

Game notes

Kirk Hinrich returned after missing five games with a sore hamstring. ... The Cavs have lost 12 of 13 on the road. ... The Bulls had to fly from Charlotte to Chicago on Thursday morning because of equipment problems with their plane Wednesday night.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 90 102
FGM-FGA 33-84 (.393) 38-81 (.469)
3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 2-12 (.167)
FTM-FTA 22-35 (.629) 24-36 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 15-48
Assists 21 25
Turnovers 13 15
Steals 9 6
Blocks 5 3
Fast Break Points 9 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (0/0) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 12

Top Performers

Drew Gooden Gooden
Points: 27
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Tyson Chandler Chandler
Points: 15
Reb: 14
Ast: 0
Stl: 2
Blk: 1