Alonzo Gee works in traffic during Friday night's loss at The Q.
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In their first meeting, Derrick Rose didn’t play and the Bulls beat up the Cavaliers at The Q. In the second, Kyrie Irving didn’t play and the Bulls beat up the Cavaliers at The Q.
There’s a theme developing between the Central Division rivals, and it hasn’t been a good one for the Wine and Gold.
The Cavaliers hung with Chicago through one quarter on Friday night, but the next 36 minutes belonged to the Bulls, and they didn’t look back – handing Cleveland its fourth straight loss, 112-91, on Friday night.
Friday night’s lopsided loss wasn’t as bad as the 39-point drubbing administered by the Bulls on January 20, but it wasn’t the Cavs best effort, either. Chicago shot 53 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. They topped the Cavaliers on the boards, in the paint and on the break. The Bulls turned 16 Cavalier turnovers into 25 points.
“When you play against a team as good as they are, and they are definitely one of the best teams in the league, you can’t have the unforced turnovers that we had,” said Coach Scott. “You can’t make the defensive mistakes that we made, some of the lapses that we had defensively. That kills us.”
In their defense, the Wine and Gold were without their leading scorer, rookie Kyrie Irving, who was ill and was scratched not long before tip-off. Ramon Sessions stepped in admirably and finished with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting while adding seven assists.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting and Tristan Thompson led the Cavaliers with a team-high 11 boards off the bench. Daniel Gibson netted eight points and seven helpers, going 2-for-4 from long-distance in the fourth quarter.
“We were trying to make runs and were trying to stop their runs, but we had costly turnovers,” lamented Jamison. “We’re just disappointed with the effort for 48 minutes, knowing who you were facing and knowing what took place the first time we played them.”
The Bulls featured five players in double-figures, led by Luol Deng, who tallied 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter. Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists while Ronnie Brewer and Carlos Boozer notched 13 points apiece.
The Cavaliers travel to Washington for their fourth game in five nights – still looking for their first win after the All-Star break when they take on John Wall and the Wizards.
- Ramon Sessions has now tallied double-figures in nine of his last 11 games, averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 assists over that span. The once-reluctant long-range shooter is also hitting on 50 percent (11-22) from beyond the arc in that stretch.
- Three members of the Browns – Josh Cribbs, Joe Haden and T.J. Ward – were on-hand for Friday night’s game. They’ll be back at The Q on Saturday for “Browns Night” at the Monsters.
- Manny Harris inked a second 10-day contract on Friday and had a solid fourth quarter in mop-up time. After playing a total of just six seconds in his first go-round, Manny notched nine points and a pair of blocked shots against the Bulls – going 4-for-8 from the floor in 18 minutes of action.
- John Lucas, former Cavs coach, and proud father to Bulls reserve guard, was spotted behind Chicago’s bench on Friday night.
- Rookie Tristan Thompson has now grabbed double-digit boards in four of his last six games and is averaging 9.3 points and 9.4 boards during that span.