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NBA: Chicago 101, Cleveland 98

April 3, 2008 at 11:45 PM

CLEVELAND, April 3 (UPI) -- Ben Gordon scored Chicago's final seven points Thursday, rallying the Bulls to a 101-98 decision over Cleveland.

The Cavaliers led by as many as 14 points in the third period, but fell apart down the stretch while scoring only 13 in the fourth period.

Gordon was fouled while attempting a three-point shot with 1:45 to play and made all three free throws to give the Bulls a 99-98 lead. He made two more foul shots with three seconds remaining for the final margin.

Cleveland did not score during the game's final 3:18, missing seven shots in that stretch. Two of the misses were layup attempts by Wally Szczerbiak and LeBron James.

Gordon scored 24 points and Larry Hughes had 25 for the Bulls, who are five games behind Atlanta for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

James scored 33 points to lead the Cavaliers, who had won their two previous games. They fell 5 1/2 games behind Orlando for the third spot in the East.

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