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Saturday 14th July 2012, 3:55am
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CLEVELAND - Hunched over an ice-filled tub as he soaked his ankles and feet, LeBron James rubbed his forehead and groaned. Reggie Wayne Jersey . The back spasms werent relenting. They kept coming back - just like the Chicago Bulls. Ben Gordon made five clutch free throws down the stretch and Larry Hughes scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half against his former team, rallying the Bulls to a 101-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. The Bulls, with nothing to play for in the seasons final weeks, overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half and snapped a six-game road losing streak. Hughes, traded by the Cavaliers to Chicago at the Feb. 21 deadline, added nine assists and eight rebounds in 45 minutes. Gordon scored 24 points and Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni had 15 each. James scored 33 to lead Cleveland, but with his back tightening, he scored just one point in the fourth and missed all five field-goal tries. With their go-to-superstar unable to cut, jump and move as usual, the Cavaliers scored only 13 points in the final 12 minutes. It was tough to do some of the things that I wanted to do, he said. Still, the Cavaliers had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds. But James, the NBAs leading scorer, drove the left side and was short on a double-pumping layup with 5.9 seconds to go. James as well as coach Mike Brown felt he was fouled by rookie Joakim Noah, who stepped in front to contest the shot. I went up and got hit on the arm, James said. But thats not why we lost the game. Following James miss, Gordon was fouled and made two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining to put the Bulls ahead by three. Cleveland had one last chance, but after catching a pass from James, Daniel Gibson missed a potential game-tying three-pointer before the horn. The Bulls season has been a complete disaster, but they never quit against a Cleveland team still trying to secure home-court advantage in the first round. It says a lot about our guys to get down 17 on the road against a team like this and fight our way back, interim coach Jim Boylan said. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, who are trying to nail down the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Trailing since early in the second quarter, the Bulls finally caught the Cavs and took the lead at 99-98 with 1:42 left when Gordon knocked down three straight free throws after being fouled by Delonte West while attempting a three-pointer. Gordons free throws came shortly after Cavs centre Ben Wallace blew a wide-open dunk. As the ball clanged off the iron, a loud gong inadvertently sounded in the arena, usually a sound effect reserved for one of Big Bens blocks. James, who fouled out of Thursdays win at Charlotte, left the floor in the fourth quarter to get treatment on his back. He winced in obvious pain when he walked to the bench for a timeout with 5:22 left, and instead of sitting in a chair, knelt as Brown discussed strategy with his team. James scored just one point and went 0-for-5 in the fourth as his back tightened up. Leading by 10 at half, Cleveland was poised to put the Bulls away in the third, building a 17-point lead on a jumper by James. But Hughes wasnt going to let his former team embarrass his new one. He scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added four assists in the third quarter as Chicago, fuelled by an 11-2 run, closed to 85-77 entering the fourth quarter. Hughes was booed after every basket by Cavaliers fans, who were tough on him during an inconsistent and injury-riddled stint with Cleveland. Notes: James disqualification against the Hornets was just his third in nearly five NBA seasons. 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Fairley was released a short time later on $1,000 bail. Fairley was a standout at Auburn University and the Lions first-round draft pick. As a junior, he was the Lombardi award winner as the nations top lineman and helped led the Tigers to the 2010 national title. His arrest comes after Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was caught chewing marijuana during a traffic stop March 12 in southwestern Michigan. Denarius Moore Elite Jersey. A police report said Leshoure was a passenger in a car stopped on Interstate 94 in Lake Township. The officer reported seeing him chewing marijuana and noticed small pieces on his shirt. Leshoure and the driver were ticketed for marijuana possession. 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