The Chicago Bulls visited the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and found a familiar face on the other side in Luol Deng. The Bulls held off numerous runs from the Cavs and got on the right side of .500 with a 98-87 win.
Deng played in his seventh game with Cleveland since the Bulls traded him and faced the team he spent nine full seasons with. Deng was out of sync for most of the evening and missed nine of his 11 field-goal attempts to finish with 11 points.
D.J. Augustin continued to show some strong play with Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) out, and he led all scorers with 27 points. Taj Gibson tied his career-high with 26 and Mike Dunleavy added 22. Joakim Noah just missed a double-double with nine points and 18 rebounds plus six assists and two blocks.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, but overall Cleveland shot just 37.5 percent. They also were lazy on their closeouts which helped Chicago hit 10 of 21 from downtown.
The Cavaliers seized a 44-43 edge at halftime behind five three-pointers in the last 5:45 of the second quarter from Irving. They got dominated in the third quarter and never could find the run to erase that margin.