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Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

Bulls contain James, end Cavaliers' streak

CLEVELAND (AP) For a split second, LeBron James appeared to be on his way to bailing out the Cleveland Cavaliers once more.

Luol Deng and Joakim Noah put a stop to that.

Chicago's forwards double teamed James and denied the superstar on a drive in the final seconds as the Chicago Bulls ended Cleveland's three-game winning streak with an 86-85 win Thursday night, the Cavaliers' second home loss already this season.

James thought there was sufficient bumping to get a foul called on either Deng or Noah.

The Bulls, and the officials, saw it differently.

"I didn't feel like it was even close to being a foul," said Noah, who left guarding Shaquille O'Neal on the decisive play to help his teammate. "I wasn't worried because there was no contact at all."

Derrick Rose had 14 points and 11 assists and John Salmons added 14 points for Chicago, which dropped the Cavs to 1-2 at home. Cleveland didn't lose its second game at home last season until April 16 and went 45-3 at Quicken Loans Arena.

James led the Cavaliers with 25 points. Shaquille O'Neal had 14 and 10 rebounds and Anderson Varejao added 12 with 13 boards. But Cleveland's offense never got into a flow and the Cavs didn't help themselves by going 12 of 20 on free throws.

Brad Miller scored 10 points and Chicago's reserves outscored Cleveland's 25-12 in a choppy game between the Central Division rivals.

Jazz 113, Spurs 99

In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer ended his slump with 27 points and 14 rebounds and Utah snapped a two-game losing skid by beating San Antonio.

Deron Williams also scored 27 and had nine assists in Utah's first win over the Spurs since April 2008. Andrei Kirilenko added 12 points and six assists and rookie Wesley Matthews scored a career high 12 points for Utah, which improved to 2-3.

Tim Duncan had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Tony Parker had 21 points, but scored just four in the second half as the Spurs couldn't overcome the Jazz's shooting.



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