The Chicago Bulls crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-92 on Monday night to win their third consecutive game.
The Cavaliers kept it close in the first half, as they trailed by just three at the break. The Bulls pulled away in the third quarter, though, outscoring Cleveland 35-22. They padded their lead in the fourth quarter, winning the final frame 30-20 to cap the victory.
It was a dominant performance from the Bulls, who took advantage of Cleveland's lack of size. The Cavs were without Anderson Varejao yet again, which was great news for Carlos Boozer (24 points, 11 rebounds), Joakim Noah (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (18 points, seven rebounds).
Chicago is now 11-1 this season when Boozer and Noah both produce double-doubles.
The Bulls also got major contributions off the bench from Nate Robinson (14 points, seven assists) and Marco Belinelli (15 points, five assists).
The Cavaliers were led by rookie Dion Waiters, who scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Player of the Game: Carlos Boozer—PF, Bulls
Boozer was a man tonight, dominating the smaller Cavaliers throughout the game. He shot 50 percent from the field, made all eight of his free throws and even chipped in four assists. It was his third consecutive game with at least 20 points.
What's Next for the Bulls?
The 19-13 Bulls are off until Wednesday, when they will face the Milwaukee Bucks at home.
What's Next for the Cavaliers?
The 8-28 Cavaliers will look to rebound at home against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.