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The Bulls had not looked this good since they beat San Antonio a month ago. They put together an astounding third quarter Thursday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then they fell apart, succumbing, 108-100, at the United Center and falling to 5-7 at home. “We can’t play well at home at all,” the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich had said a day earlier. “That’s pretty senseless.” James had his typical outstanding game with 37 points, but the Cavaliers’ Damon Jones hit the Bulls hardest with three straight three-pointers in the Cavs’ 18-2 run to open the fourth quarter. Jones sank four of them in the fourth and five in the game for 15 points. The Cavs’ early second-half turnovers helped the Bulls turn a 57-53 halftime deficit into a six-point lead 4 1/2 minutes into the third quarter. The Cavaliers didn’t have a field goal for the first 5:50 in the third.
Gordon kept the game close for the Bulls in the first half by scoring 18 points, and he finished with 22. CLICK HERE for complete Box Scores.