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Balanced Cleveland Cavaliers beat Chicago Bulls 103-94 without Collin Sexton

Five Cavs players scored in double figures.
Credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland, left, looks to pass as Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky guards during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

CHICAGO — CHICAGO (AP) — Darius Garland had 22 points and nine assists, Jarrett Allen added 19 points and nine rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a balanced attack to defeat the Chicago Bulls 103-94 without leading scorer Collin Sexton.

Larry Nance, Jr. had 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Cleveland limited Chicago's top scorers Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen in the second half. Isaac Okoro finished with 12 points for Cleveland, which won for just the fourth time in its last 10.

LaVine led Chicago with 22 points, getting 18 by the half on 6-for-8 shooting. The Bulls have lost four of five.

Sexton, currently averaging 24 points per game, sat out the game with a sore hamstring. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff does not believe the injury is serious, but it remains to be seen if the 22-year-old will be available against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night.

With the victory, the Cavs moved to 2 1/2 games behind the Bulls for 10th in the Eastern Conference. Seeds seven through 10 in both the East and West will take part in a play-in tournament to determine who goes to the playoffs.

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