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