Chicago Was Too Much To Handle As The Bulls Stampede The Cavs On The Road

The Chicago Bulls visited the defending NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third out of four visits the teams face off against each other in the regular season, with this time the competition taking place in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. While the Cavaliers put a good tussle for the first half, the Bulls were too much for a Lebron-less team Cavs team as Chicago edged them out for the third time this season.

The Chicago Bulls entered with a record a .500 record of 29-29 and headed to the All-Star Weekend with a 2 game win streak with impressive wins against Toronto and Boston at the United Center. Paul Zipser and Michael Carter-Williams were inactive for the game On the other hand, Cleveland headed into the ASG with a 4 win game win streak before the Bulls crashed their streak tonight. As mentioned before, LeBron James was out with strep throat during Saturday’s game, just his fourth missed game of the regular season. Also inactive for the Cavs was J.R. Smith and Kevin Love.

Kevin Love (CLE) missed tonight’s game with recent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Chicago/Cleveland rivalry has been special Midwest battle, with most notably the Michael Jordan’s game winning dagger over the Cleveland in 1989 during Game 5 of the NBA first round playoffs, which would eventually send the Bulls to the next round. It was brought back to life circa 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs with the Cavs as the first round seed while the Bulls inched to 8th. It was LeBron against a very young rookie Bulls team with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

The game that took place in Saturday night was sensationally close for the first 26 minutes with both teams stuck in an arm race between the star and bench players. Where the scales really starting tipping was with a beautiful touchdown pass by the veteran Dwyane Wade to the young Bobby Portis with the slam at the other rim giving a young Bull team a 67-65 advantage. Ignited and ready, the Bulls used that momentum. The Bulls remained hot for their next three scoring possessions, making three 3-point shots in a row.

The Cavaliers were proposed to not go down without a fight to a surging Bulls team. Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, and James Jones leading the Cavaliers in the scoring department combining for 62 of 99 Cleveland’s points. After trailing Ohio’s basketball team, the Bulls went on to outscore the Cavs 34-20 in the the third quarter and 28-23 in the fourth. Despite the blowout, the Cavaliers had some great emphatic plays that had the crowd at the Q with “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” all over the place, including a huge dunk by Derrick Williams.

The Bulls picked up an impressive win over the Cavaliers 117-99 to improve to 30-29 and creep up for a tie with the Indiana Pacers for sixth place in the East while the Cavs stay in first with a 3.5 game lead over second place Boston. Chicago has a season high 15/30 three point shooting, capping them at 50% from the worst three point shooting team in the NBA. Kyle Korver moved up 5th in the all-time three point passing Vince Carter in the record book. Dwyane Wade nearly had a triple double, but was shy one rebound as he had 20 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. Next up for Chicago is Denver (26-32) and Milwaukee for the Cavs (25-31) next week. Here are the stat leaders per team via

3 Dwyane Wade
  • 20 PTS
21 Jimmy Butler
  • 10 REB
21 Jimmy Butler
  • 10 AST
21 Jimmy Butler
  • 0 BLK
44 Nikola Mirotic
  • 2 STL
FOULS – 13 FULL T.O. – 1 :20 T.O. – 2

Cleveland Cavaliers
Game Leaders

2 Kyrie Irving
  • 34 PTS
13 Tristan Thompson
  • 9 REB
2 Kyrie Irving
  • 7 AST
4 Iman Shumpert
  • 1 BLK
20 Kay Felder
  • 3 STL

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