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Road-Weary Cavs Can't Hold Off Bulls Rally


WRAP-UP

At the end of their prolonged road trip, the Cavaliers simply ran out of gas on Saturday night in Chicago – surrendering a 19-point lead after being outscored 31-14 in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland scored 73 points in the first half and hit the century mark by the end of three, but got sloppy down the stretch as the Bulls rallied for the 118-116 win at the United Center, sending the Wine & Gold home with a 2-4 mark on the 11-day sojourn.

The Cavaliers still had a chance to get the win. Cedi Osman drilled a three-pointer with 11.9 seconds to play that got the Cavs to within one. On the Bulls next possession, Luke Kornet threw the ball away giving Cleveland one more shot.

But Kevin Love got a bad angle on the final shot attempt with 2.7 to play, missing the short hook-shot and sealing Cleveland’s fate.

The Cavaliers – who had to travel on Saturday morning because of inclement weather in Chicago – showed the wear and tear of the trip on Saturday night. They committed 26 turnovers, including 10 in the fourth quarter, offsetting their 52 percent shooting from long-range.

All five Cavalier starters notched double-figures – going a combined 15-of-26 from deep – but it was Zach LaVine who got the last laugh, scoring 27 of his 42 points after intermission. In the decisive fourth quarter alone, the former UCLA star scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Love led the way for Cleveland, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, adding a team-high six assists, five boards, a steal and a blocked shot.

Collin Sexton completed a stellar road trip with 26 points in the loss, going 10-of-17 from the floor, 4-of-6 from deep, adding seven boards and a pair of assists.

Osman was locked in from long-range, adding 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting – including the bomb that got Cleveland back to within one – adding three boards, two assists and a pair of steals.

Darius Garland pitched in with 16 points and five assists, but also was responsible for eight of Cleveland’s miscues.

Tristan Thompson rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures, chipping in with 14 points, eight boards and a game-high three blocks, including two huge swats in the game’s closing moments.


HIGHLIGHT

In the fourth quarter, Darius Garland drove to the hoop, got fouled, and threw up a wild shot that went in to keep the Cavs in it.


TURNING POINT

The third quarter had been Cleveland’s bugaboo through much of the trip, but on Saturday it was the final period.

Cleveland led by as many as 19 points in the third and took a 15-point edge into the fourth. But the Cavaliers would proceed to commit six turnovers in the first four minutes of the period, fueling a 13-2 Bulls run.

Zach LaVine’s triple with 5:10 to play got Chicago to within one and his pull-up jumper on the Bulls next possession gave them their first lead since early in the second quarter. Lauri Markkanen’s fastbreak layup with 2:52 remaining gave the Bulls a lead they would not relinquish.


BY THE NUMBERS

24.0, .489, .517, .929 … Collin Sexton’s scoring average along with his shooting, three-point and free throw percentage over his last five games – topping the 25-point mark in four of those contests.

In 14 December games, the Young Bull shot .111 (3-27) from long-range; through the first 10 games of January, he’s at .480 (24-of-50).


QUOTABLE

Coach John Beilein, on takeaways from the extended roadie …

”A few quarters in L.A. I mean we played really well. Six games, 24 quarters. Maybe four quarters. Those four quarters really hurt us. It stings to lose this game. Forget about the lead we had. As you know in the NBA leads can go very quickly. We’re just better than 26 turnovers. But we still sometimes get a little bit too anxious and try to do too much.”


CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and 87.7 La Mega's Rafa Hernandez-Brito.


UP NEXT

After closing out the longest trip of the season, the Wine & Gold return home for three straight – beginning with an MLK Day matinee (5 p.m. ET) against the New York Knicks.

Bradley Beal and the Wizards roll in for a Thursday night affair followed by a Saturday night rematch with the Bulls. Cleveland gets back on the road for one, heading back to Detroit next Monday night.

Cavs at Bulls Postgame: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers head coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Saturday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Cavs at Bulls - January 18, 2020

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Cavs at Bulls Postgame: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers head coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Saturday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Jan 18, 2020  |  03:45

Cavs at Bulls Postgame: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Saturday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Jan 18, 2020  |  03:03

Cavs at Bulls Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Saturday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Jan 18, 2020  |  02:00

Thompson's Huge Rejection

Tristan Thompson comes up with a huge, clutch block late in the fourth quarter.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:09

Featured Highlight: Garland's Filthy And-One

Darius Garland goes air-born and hits a wild lay-up while getting fouled for a chance at a three point play.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:09

Garland's Sick Floater Beats the Clock

Darius Garland hits a nice floater falling out of bounds as he beats the shot clock with it late in the third.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:10

Exum's Big Rejection

Dante Exum swats a Bulls shot attempt late in the third quarter as the Cavs lead with one quarter left.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:09

Garland to Nance for Thunderous Oop

Darius Garland finds a leaping Larry Nance Jr. who finishes the play with a strong dunk.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:10

Love Finds Sexton in Corner for a Triple

Kevin Love fires a spot on pass through the Chicago defense to Collin Sexton who buries the three in the corner.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:08

KLove's Sweet Midrange Shot

Kevin Love hits a nice midrange jumper toward the end of the first half, as Love continues his hot first half.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:09

Garland From Deep in the United Center

Kevin Love sends a pass to Darius Garland who shoots and hits a triple from way downtown in the second quarter against the Bulls.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:09

Sexton Steps Back, Nails Three Ball

Collin Sexton creates separation from his defender, steps back behind the line, and hits a three pointer to continue his hot start.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:08

Thompson Gets Up and Sends Back Shot

Tristan Thompson shows off his defense with a rejection of a Bulls shot in the lane.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:20

Nance Jr. with a Putback Slam

Larry Nance Jr. is in the right spot at the right time to clean up a miss on the offensive glass with a two handed putback dunk.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:12

McKinnie Gets And-One To Go In the Paint

Alfonzo McKinnie gets to the lane, rises, gets bumped, and hits the jumper to get a chance for a three point play.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:10

Nifty Bounce Pass From Garland to TT for Two

Darius Garland drives baseline, picks out a seam, and finds Tristan Thompson for a lay-up off of a nice bounce pass behind a defender.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:17

Nance Finds Cedi Three with Pinpoint Pass

Larry Nance Jr. fires a pass to Cedi Osman in the corner for three as Osman rattles home a triple.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:08

TT's Putback Slam

Tristan Thompson follows up a missed shot and slams home the putback slam with two hands.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:08

Love, Osman Triples Gives Cavs Early Lead

Kevin Love and Cedi Osman nail three pointers on two early Cavs possessions to give Cleveland an early lead in Chicago.
Jan 18, 2020  |  00:18
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