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Bulls fall to Cavs in OT
CHICAGO – Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose tallied 20 points apiece but the Chicago Bulls fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-108 in overtime on Friday night at the United Center.
LeBron James, who scored his team’s first eight points in the extra session, led Cleveland with 36 points and eight rebounds.
Rose, meanwhile, suffered a left ankle sprain in the second quarter and though he returned to action, did not play down the stretch.
Aside from Hinrich and Rose, five others scored in double figures for Chicago, now 1-1 on the season. Pau Gasol recorded 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocks, while Mike Dunleavy finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
The Bulls shot 57.9 percent in the opening quarter but it was the Cavaliers who owned a 28-27 lead after the first 12 minutes. Cleveland extended its lead to seven in the second quarter with James on the bench and led by as many as 10 before the half.
Rose scored 18 of his 20 points prior to intermission, but the Bulls went to the break trailing 58-52.
Cleveland was up 78-69 as the teams entered the final frame, but Chicago opened the fourth with an 8-2 run. The Bulls would eventually reclaim the lead, 84-82, with 6:33 remaining in the game. It was shortly after that point that Hinrich heated up as he scored eight points in a row, including a pair of threes, to give Chicago its largest advantage of the night, 96-91.
The Bulls, however, couldn’t close out the Cavs and though a Kevin Love attempt at the buzzer missed, it was James’ show in overtime.
Jimmy Butler missed his second straight game with a left thumb sprain.
Up next, Chicago will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.