Cavaliers suffer a double whammy
Luol Deng scored 22 points and Derrick Rose finished with 16 after a slow start to lead the Bulls to a surprising 102-93 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night in Chicago after LeBron James missed a jumper at the end of regulation.
Tied at 87 through regulation after James's 18-footer banged off the rim, the Bulls scored 12 of the first 13 points in OT to avoid a four-game sweep by the Cavaliers.
Rose's 3-point play 52 seconds into the extra period broke the tie and Kirk Hinrich's 3-pointer with 3:34 left made it 93-87.
James (28 points) then hit 1 of 2 free throws, but Deng put the Cavaliers away with back-to-back 3-pointers from the left corner - the second bouncing straight up off the rim before dropping through the net to make it 99-88.
Mo Williams scored 26 points for the Cavaliers, hitting 5 of 10 3-pointers. But it was a rough night for James, who shot 8 for 28 and hit 1 of 6 3-pointers.
Besides losing the game, the Cavaliers suffered a big loss in the process.
Guard Delonte West could be out for a while after he broke his right wrist in a nasty collision with Rose late in the first quarter. It happened when West - off to a strong start with 11 points - tried to block Rose's layup from behind with 1:36 left.
Both players crashed to the court, but while Rose quickly popped up, West stayed down, clutching his wrist with a non-displaced fracture. He also had a cut above his left eye that required two stitches.
The Cavaliers, who began the night with the league's best record, were already missing forward Ben Wallace (intestinal flu) and center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Now they'll have to make do without West, who was fourth on the team at 12.3 points per game.
Nuggets 119, Suns 113 - Chauncey Billups scored 5 of his game-high 26 points in overtime and host Denver beat Phoenix.
Nene had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Kenyon Martin had 24 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 29.6 seconds left in overtime. Martin also had eight rebounds and a career-high seven steals for Denver, which has won seven of eight.
Grant Hill scored a season-high 25 points and Steve Nash had 20 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who played without center Shaquille O'Neal, who was inactive for the game. Phoenix coach Terry Porter said it was a "routine" night off for O'Neal.
Trail Blazers 105, Nets 99 - Brandon Roy scored 29 points and rookie Jerryd Bayless added a career-high 23 as Portland snapped New Jersey's season-high four-game home winning streak.