Friday, April 23, 2010

Bulls run over cavaliers

The Chicago Bulls held on to a narrow win against the Cleveland Cavaliers - a result that keeps their NBA play-off hopes afloat.

Having surrendered the first two matches they knew victory here was imperative and opened up a big enough to lead to absorb 38 points in the final quarter to take a 108-106 victory.

LeBron James picked up a game-high 39 points for the Cavaliers, while Derrick Rose collected 31 in response.

The LA Lakers also missed out on the chance to record a third successive win as they went down 101-96 to hosts Oklahoma Thunder.

Kevin Durant stole the limelight with 29 points and 19 rebounds for Oklahoma, who had Russell Westbrook to thank for another 27 points.

Jason Richardson poured in a mammoth 42 points as he led the Phoenix Suns to a 108-89 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The outcome, which sees Phoenix take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series, was never in any real doubt with the lead stretching to 31 points at one stage.

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