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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.


Ashley Wijangco
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.   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.   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.

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