Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are in similar positions heading into Tuesday night's battle. But the Bulls need a big win to remind fans that they'll be okay until Derrick Rose comes back.
Live updates after the break.
That's all folks. The Cavaliers drop the Bulls, 101-98.
It wasn't always pretty for the Cavaliers, but they got the job done with 25 points by Dion Waiters on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor.
The biggest difference maker for the Cavaliers was the 15 turnovers they forced against the Bulls, especially late in the game when it mattered the most.
While the Cavs were without Kyrie Irving, they got production from almost everyone on the floor, with 61 points coming from Waters, Shaun Livingston, Alonzo Gee and Triston Thompson.
The Bulls traditionally sound defense was certainly lacking, as they gave up 10 more points than usual—which is shocking seeing that they were at home against a team without their star.
Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng did all they could, combining for 53 points on 22-of-36 shooting. Even Kirk Hinrich put forward one of his best games of the season, with 11 points and 11 assists.
Shockingly the problem tonight was the Bulls' defense, as they gave up 13 offensive boards which led to a number of second-chance points for the Cavs.
The Bulls are on a tailspin out of control after a blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and now a home loss to one of the bottom feeders in the Eastern Conference.
Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng have 53 of the Bulls 96 points. Not a lot of consistent production from anyone else.
Cavaliers 100, Bulls 96—9.7 remaining in the 4th quarter
Well that seals it. Woot woot! Better draft pick here we come. :roll:— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) February 27, 2013
Shaun Livingston with two big free-throws.
Sinks them both. Boom.
Cavaliers 100, Bulls 96—15.1 remaining in the 4th quarter
There's some exciting NBA action on tonight, and the Cavs vs. Bulls is one of them.
Great defense by the Bulls. With that being said, I can't believe the Cavs have 98 on the Bulls.
Cavaliers 98, Bulls 96—29.1 remaining in the 4th quarter
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Again, Sac-Mia 2OT tied at 124.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 27, 2013
Terrible, terrible, terrible defense by the NBA's top defensive team. #Shocking.
Tristan Thompson gets to the line with a minute left, with the Cavs up three points.
Cavaliers 97, Bulls 94—1:03 remaining in the 4th quarter
Luke Walton with a big jumper. I can't remember the last time those words were uttered.
That means it's time for a Walton flashback.
Cavaliers 97, Bulls 92—1:20 remaining in the 4th quarter
I don't think I've ever seen Joakim Noah admit to committing a foul. Rough possession for the Bulls after a nice offensive board by Jimmy Butler. Got to capitalize on those ones.
Cavaliers 95, Bulls 92—1:40 remaining in the 4th quarter
14-6 Bulls' run, fueled by Boozer who's got 27 on 13-19 shooting. Kirk "Cold Blooded" Hinrich with a big jumper too.
Cavaliers 93, Bulls 92—2:54 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Cavaliers are getting buckets from everyone right now. Here's a breakdown of tonight's production:
Dion Waiters (23), Wayne Ellington (13), Alonzo Gee (11), Shaun Livingston (11), Tristan Thompson (9), Marreese Speights (8), and a few more.
The Bulls are hanging tough though thanks to Carlos Boozer who's streaking—with his clothes on.
Cavaliers 93, Bulls 90—3:25 remaining in the 4th quarter
That my friends, is why Wayne Ellington's career hasn't taken off. He scores 10 points and immediately thinks he's Michael Jordan.
Jacks up two questionable shots in two straight possessions for the Cavs.
Cavaliers 91, Bulls 86—5:09 remaining in the 4th quarter
Here's the Tailspin reference.
Cavaliers 88, Bulls 84—6:19 remaining in the 4th quarter
That reminds me, Tailspin was a great cartoon—see above photo.
Yikes. Our season has officially entered into a tailspin.— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) February 27, 2013
No Kyrie Irving? No problem for the Cavaliers, because they have Dion Waiters—dude's got 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
This kid is going to be special.
Cavaliers 87, Bulls 78—7:33 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Bulls only give up an average of 91.3 points per game (3rd best in NBA).
Concerning that the Cavs have 81 with 8:52 left in the 4th? Yes, when you consider that Wayne Ellington, Shaun Livingston and Alonzo Gee have scored 32 of those points.
Cavaliers 81, Bulls 76—8:52 remaining in the 4th quarter
Good hustle by Luol Deng on that one to help the Bulls stay within striking distance of the Cavaliers.
That statement just sounds odd.
Cavaliers 79, Bulls 73—10:20 remaining in the 4th quarter
That's good old Joe Noah for you.
Noah got a T for spiking ball off floor after it went thru hoop. Cavs lead 75-71 after 3Qs.— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) February 27, 2013
At the end of the third quarter, the Bulls are trailing a Kyrie Irving-less team by four points. I know they don't have Derrick Rose, but that's just downright awful.
This is why Rose's brother called the Bulls organization out for not making any moves at the trade deadline.
Cavaliers 75, Bulls 71—start of the 4th quarter
The Bulls' commentator just called Joakim Noah, "Joe" Noah.
That should be outlawed, Joe Noah sounds more like an adult film start than an NBA player.
Cavaliers 72, Bulls 71—22.2 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Not only did Nate Robinson miss a layup from three feet away, he also got called for the charge. Come on Robinson, can't be doing that—especially when Luke Walton's knocking down jumpers.
Cavaliers 72, Bulls 67—1:20 remaining in the 3rd quarter
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