The Chicago Bulls have devised a simple formula for victory. They stay close to the other team until the closing minutes, then turn the ball over to Michael Jordan and get out of the way.
The plan worked to perfection for the second time in a row Sunday night at Richfield, Ohio.
Jordan scored the last eight points of the game in the final two minutes to bring the Bulls from behind to a 94-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers built a 17-point lead in the second quarter before Jordan led the Bulls back into contention. With two minutes remaining, baskets by Keith Lee and Brad Daugherty gave Cleveland an 89-86 lead.
But Jordan, who finished with 41 points, sank a long jumper and followed with a driving layup to put Chicago ahead. A steal by Dave Corzine was quickly turned into a baseline jumper by Jordan for two more points. He finished the scoring by sinking two free throws with 17 seconds remaining.