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CLEVELAND Rose meets James, then beats on Cavs



Published: Sat, February 22, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Cleveland is trying to avoid matching the record for fewest victories in a season.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jalen Rose took a halftime break to chat with LeBron James, then let the high school phenom bear witness to a rarity -- a road victory by the Bulls.

Rose scored 28 points to help Chicago gain just its third road victory of the season, 107-101 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

"I talked to him at halftime and have a lot of respect for him," Rose said of the probable No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft.

James sat with some of his high school teammates in the first row along the baseline near the Cleveland bench, watching two of the teams most likely to end up in the draft lottery.

The Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary star gave Cavs star Ricky Davis a high-five during a first-half break and visited with the Bulls at halftime.

He'll help

Rose said he hopes to get the chance to help James break into the league.

"There are a lot of things I'm planning on talking to him about," Rose said. "What people don't realize is that some of the problems he's had are small compared to what he's going to encounter when he gets to the big leagues. I'll stay in touch."

James watched the Bulls score a season-high 39 points in the first quarter and then turn to Rose to hold off Cleveland's comeback.

Rookie Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 12 rebounds and helped spark the Cavaliers from a 17-point deficit as they pulled to 94-92 with 4:45 to play. Rose then hit a fallaway jumper with 4:27 left and Chicago went on to its second win in a row, breaking an eight-game road losing streak.

"A lot of times we've found ways to be in games on the road and then lose them," Rose said. "First and foremost, it feels good just to go out and play well."

Davis scored 22 points for Cleveland, which has lost four straight and eight of nine. The Cavs must win six of their final 28 games to avoid matching the team record for fewest victories in a season, 15.

Jay Williams and Tyson Chandler each scored 20 points for Chicago, which had all five starters score in double figures for the first time this season.

"We are fed up with losing on the road," Chandler said. "We came out more aggressive from the gate."

The Cavaliers stayed in the game by outrebounding Chicago, 51-35, but the Bulls scored 27 points off 19 turnovers.

Poised

Rose scored nine of Chicago's final 11 points in the third quarter to give the Bulls an 86-76 lead.

"He's a big-time player," Cleveland interim coach Keith Smart said. "He doesn't get rattled. When they needed a bucket, he came through."

Williams scored 13 points to help the Bulls lead at halftime 57-49.




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