Bulls Topple Cavs at The Q
David Liam Kyle
The young Cavaliers have taken some tough competition to the wire this season, but that was not the case on Friday night, as the Bulls – sans Derrick Rose – went nearly wire-to-wire, handing the Cavs their worst defeat ever at The Q, 114-75.
“You worry that, when you have a team that’s young like we are, they are going to have a big sigh of relief and think it’s easier,” said Coach Scott, addressing Rose’s absence. “If that’s the lesson that we took from this game, then hopefully we’ll learn from it and do better next time.”
Kyrie Irving got it going early – netting 11 points in the first quarter. But that might have been Cleveland’s lone bright spot. And even Irving’s success was short-lived. With a back-to-back on deck, Coach Byron Scott yanked most of his starters late in the third quarter and Irving had tallied just two more points before that point.
“Things just didn’t go our way tonight and there was definitely a lack of effort on our end –I take responsibility for that,” said the freshman point guard. “They’re just a hell of a team and we have to give them credit on both ends of the floor.”
The Bulls took an eight-point edge after one quarter, led by 19 at half and went into the final period up 24 – and led by as many as 42. On the night, they shot 55 percent from the floor to the Cavaliers’ 30. Chicago mauled Cleveland on the boards, 54-38, and outscored the Cavs in the paint, 50-28.
Cleveland was led by Anderson Varejao – the only Cavalier to shoot over 50 percent – who finished with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Kyrie Irving was the only other Cavalier in double-figures, notching 13 points and going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
The Wine and Gold actually shot an even 50 percent from long-distance on Friday night. But further proof that it wasn’t their night came in the fact that Chicago shot 67 percent from three-point range.
Five Bulls notched double-figures, led by Luol Deng’s 21 points. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah combined for 24 of Chicago’s 54 boards.
The Cavaliers get a chance to wipe Friday night’s game from their memory in short order. They travel to the Dirty South to face the Hawks on Saturday night in Atlanta.