Chicago Bulls bounce back with 96-83 victory over Cleveland Cavaliers

For a game that featured two of the best Eastern Conference teams, Saturday night’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t as much of a contest as one would expect. The score wasn’t close for much of the game, and the lead didn’t constantly changing hands either.

 

Rather it was a game of good Chicago defense and overall team effort that resulted in a 96-83 win for the Bulls Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

 

The game started with a quick pace. LeBron James got the first points of the night with a driving layup off a steal, but the Bulls came out aggressive, too, so it was a close game to begin with.

 

The Cavaliers had the small lead to start with, but they soon went into a scoring drought, and the Bulls took advantage. The Bulls’ bench came into the game and helped contribute to a 13-0 run to end the quarter with a 21-14 lead.

 

That six-point lead was cut down to two with 7:31 to go in the quarter, but the Bulls never gave up. They maintained their lead throughout the entire second quarter. At one point, the Bulls held a nine-point lead. The Cavaliers still weren’t going anywhere, though. They just couldn’t muster up the points to turn the game around — it didn’t help that they didn’t have any bench scoring and missed all their free throws in the first half.
 

The Bulls’ lead continuously fluctuated, but was a five-point one, 44-39, come halftime.

 

Coming out of halftime, the game was similar to what it had been: The Bulls maintained their lead, but the Cavaliers made various runs at cutting it down. But, eventually, the Bulls attained a 10-point lead after five points from Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic then went on to score four more points before the Bulls ended the third with a 72-58 lead.

 

And, as if Mirotic’s play to end the third quarter wasn’t enough, he also opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer. That shot was the start of the Bulls’ 24-point fourth quarter, but it was lesser than the Cavaliers’ 25-point quarter. Despite that, the Bulls remained ahead, as their 17-point lead provided enough of a cushion to get through the final 12 minutes.

 

Pau Gasol led the Bulls, now 25-18, with double-double of 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting and 10 rebounds to go along with his six assists, one steal and one block. Mirotic added 17 points on 5-of-9 from the field off the bench while Taj Gibson had a nice stat line of 15 point, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks that he put up while sporting athletic glasses similar to the ones Kirk Hinrich sports — per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, Gibson wore the protective goggles after suffering a left corneal abrasion in Friday’s loss to the Boston Celtics.

 

Derrick Rose had a tough shooting night of 5-for-21 shooting for 12 points, but he still played very well. He played very aggressively on the offensive end, constantly driving to the basket. He just couldn’t get a lot of those shots to fall.

 

For more on the Bulls’ win over the Cavaliers, read our Fast-Break Recap.

 
 

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

 




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<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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