Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CHI 100, CLE 84 ... The short-handed Bulls jumped out to an early lead and never let up, shooting 54 pct and running away with the 100-84 win. Andrew Bynum went 9-for-15 to lead Cleveland with 19 points in 27 minutes. Kyrie Irving followed up with 14 points in the loss.
2:44, 4Q - CHI 98, CLE 82 ... Tony Snell hurt the Cavs badly from deep all night, 5-8 3pt FG, 17 pts; Bulls pulling away.
9:25, 4Q - CHI 83, CLE 73 ... Zeller starts 4th and gets a couple quick hoops, Cavs cut it to 10.
End 3Q - CHI 81, CLE 65 ... Cavs just can't make a dent -- or at least make one stick; got to within four in 1H, within 7 late in 3Q, but Bulls answered with runs each time; just answered with 13-4 run to end quarter; Bynum, 27 minutes, 19 minutes, 7 reb; Kyrie, 10 pts, only other Cav in double-figures
4:41, 3Q - CHI 68, CLE 61 ... Cavs pull to within seven, Bynum heating up, 9 pts in the quarter; Delly, Jack, 7 pts off the bench.
7:28, 3Q - CHI 66, CLE 50 ... Bulls answering Cavs run and Boozer killing CLE frontcourt, now with 19 pts; Bynum, Kyrie, 10 pts apiece; Bulls still shooting 56 pct.
End 1H - CHI 58, CLE 41 ... The low-scoring, injury-depleted Bulls dominate 1H in CHI, shot 56 pct FG; Boozer, 13 pts; DJ Augustin, 12 pts; Bulls outrebounding Cavs, 30-18; Tristan, Bynum lead Cavs w/8 pts each; Kyrie, 7 pts, 4 asst.
1:58 2Q - CHI 58, CLE 41 ... Cavs had cut Bulls' lead to four at the 5:46 mark, but Bulls went on a 12-0 run to put it on Cavs, CHI shooting 62 pct.
7:01 2Q - CHI 41, CLE 34 ... Bynum and Thompson now both with 8 pts; can Bulls keep up this shooting - 58 pct FG? Andy w/6 off the bench.
End 1Q - CHI 33, CLE 26 ... Tristan leads CLE w/8 pt, 4 reb; Bynum, 3-5 FG, 6 pts, Andy, 3-4 FG, 6 pts off bench; Bulls shooting 65 pct in 1Q.
1:44, 1Q - CHI 30, CLE 23 ... Cavs get off to a slow start, but bench picks up the pace -- Andy, 3-4 FG, 6 pts; Tristan, 8 pts, 4 reb; Boozer with an early 11 for CHI.
Pregame - Third meeting of the season already for Cavs-Bulls; Cavs took the last meeting, 97-93 at The Q behind Andrew Bynum's double-double; Wine and Gold have been scoring in bunches lately -- averaging 111 per contest over the last five (Kyrie averaging 30.5 ppg during that stretch); Cleveland comes into the game with the highest-scoring bench in the Eastern Conference -- 40.1 ppg -- although they'll need everyone to pick up the slack with Waiters out again with right wrist tendonitis.
Waiters is OUT tonight, as is Anthony Bennett, who's sick and didn't make the trip to the Windy City.
Same starting five vs. Bulls: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, Bynum