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Delonte West fractured his right wrist in a nasty fall while trying to block Derrick Roses’ shot.Â He also received a cut over his left eye that required stitches.Â He will be evaluated back in Cleveland.Â Â Similar injuries have resulted in several weeks of missed games.
Bulls tame LeBron’s Cavaliers in Overtime
The Chicago Bulls handed LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just their seventh loss of the season with a 102-93 overtime win on Thursday.
Luol Deng scored 22 points to propel the Bulls to an upset victory as the home team ended the game on a 19-6 run to improve their season record to 18-22.
Chicago outscored Cleveland 15-6 in overtime.
The Cavaliers (30-7) entered the game with the best winning percentage in the NBA but faded down the stretch, James suffering a rare off night, shooting 8-for-26 from the floor.
LeBron’s D drives Cavs
The biggest difference between the Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers is LeBron James. No great insight there; James is the biggest difference between the Cavaliers and just about every other team in the NBA.
But another, not-so-obvious difference between the teams right now is the focus and determination the Cavaliers show every night and the hit-or-miss efforts of the Bulls.
Although the roster is less than imposing after James, the other players routinely will themselves to good performances by simply outworking their opponents.
Of course, that didn’t happen Thursday as the Bulls put together one of their grittier efforts of the season in a 102-93 victory in overtime.