Game 1: Chicago Bulls (1-0) defeat Cleveland Cavaliers (0-1), 97-95
October 27, 2015
The Cavaliers caught up with the Bulls, who held a double-digit lead, at the end of the game. Kevin Love made back-to-back threes in the last minute of the game to bring the Cavaliers within two points of a tie game, 97-95. The Cavaliers had the ball with 10 seconds left, but Pau Gasol blocked LeBron James’ layup attempt into the crowd. Then, Jimmy Butler showed off his defensive prowess, stealing the ball from the Cavaliers on their last possession, their last chance to tie the game.
Player of the Game
In just his second game back after fracturing his left orbital bone at the start of the month, Rose put up 18 points, a rebound, five assists and a steal. He also proved he wasn’t afraid to go attack the paint, as he played aggressively on the offensive end and didn’t settle for too many jumpers.
Matchup of the Game Result
Jimmy Butler versus LeBron James
Butler had 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting and added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 37 minutes. James led the Cavaliers with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists and a steal.
The Bulls play again Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. central to face the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn, New York.
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