Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 97, CHI 93 ... It was nip-and-tuck in the closing seconds, but the Wine and Gold snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday night at The Q. Andrew Bynum was huge for Cleveland - 20 pts, 10 reb, 5 blk; Waiters, third straight 20-point game off the bench; Kyrie, 19 pts; Tristan, 14 pts, 14 reb in the win.
9.0, 4Q - CLE 95, CHI 93 ... Bulls had a chance to tie the game, but Noah's two attempts were swatted. Cavs with 2 FT coming up.
2:09, 4Q - CLE 93, CHI 88 ... Cavs turn up defense and Waiters gets steal and layup to put CLE back up 5; Waiters, 2 pts away from three straight 20-plus point performances off the bench.
3:59, 4Q - CHI 88, CLE 87 ... Bulls have fought all the way back, clutch shooting and some poor shot selection for CLE; Taj Gibson now with 18 pts (7-9 FG) off Bulls bench; Bynum, best game as a Cavalier - 18 pts, 9 reb, 2 asst, 5 blk.
5:58, 4Q - CLE 84, CHI 82 ... Cavaliers have seen their 15-point lead cut to a deuce; Bulls rookie Tony Snell has been impressive, 16 pts, 3-5 3pt FG; three Cavs with 16 pts apiece -- Kyrie, Bynum, Waiters; CHI, 27 assists on 33 makes.
End 3Q - CLE 77, CHI 66 ... Four Cavs in double-figures, led by Kyrie's 16 pts (6-17 FG); Waiters, 5-5 FG, 13 pts off bench; Bynum, 14 pts, 6 reb, 5 blocks; Cavs shooting 51 pct FG, 50 pct, 3pt FG.
Some first half highlights ...
4:53, 3Q - CLE 71, CHI 61 ... Andrew Bynum having his best all-around game as a Cavalier - 6-9 FG, 14 pts, six boards and game-high five blocked shots. Kyrie also w/14 pts as Cavs have led throughout 3Q.
First half highlight - Dion Waiters gets to the rack ...
End 1H - CLE 56, CHI 51 ... Solid and entertaining 1H at The Q, both teams shooting well - CLE, 59 pct, CHI, 50 pct; three starters, Irving (12 pts), Thompson (10) and Bynum (10) in double-figures; Dion continues to flourish off the bench, 4-4 FG, 9 pts; Luol Deng leads everyone with 14 pts.
5:45, 2Q - CHI 40, CLE 38 ... Cavs still shooting 55 pct, but Bulls at 57 pct, Deng leads all scorers w/11 pts; Dion Waiters, 4-4 FG, 9 pts to lead CLE.
First half highlight - Andrew Bynum throws down ...
End 1Q - CLE 27, CHI 25 ... Cavs starters bringing it, Tristan, 8 pts; Bynum 4 pts, 4 reb; Kyrie, 5 pts; Waiters, 2-2 FG, 5 pts. Cavs shooting 61 pct, but Bulls at 55 pct, Hinrich w/7 pts.
5:44, 1Q - CLE 17, CHI 8 ... Cavs off to a strong start, crowd going nuts after Bynum swats Noah on successive shot attempts; Tristan 6 pts; Bynum, 4 pts, 3 reb, 2 blk.
Pregame - Mike Brown's pregame, talking about his team's improving defense, CJ Miles' return and how the Cavalier youngsters are getting used to playing with a big man in the middle.
The Cavaliers are looking to snap a five-game skid and welcome a Bulls team that's on the final game of a six-game road trip. Cleveland fell in Chicago back on Nov. 11, despite 11 blocked shots and Tristan Thompson's fifth double-double of the year.
Cavs starters: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum