The Chicago Bulls used an 11-3 run from around the five minute mark in the fourth quarter until the two minute mark to pull away from the Cleveland Cavaliers and defeat them by a score of 96-81.
Mike Dunleavy appeared he couldn’t be stopped as he had his best game of the young season. Dunleavy had 15 points on 4-6 shooting including 2-3 from behind the arc.
To go along with Dunleavy’s double figure performance, all five Chicago Bull starters joined him in the double figure column. Most notably was Derrick Rose, he had 16 points and 7 assists and also did a great job on Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving didn’t make his first field goal until there was 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
After the Bulls held a healthy lead for most of the first half the Cavaliers started to close in late in the third period and into the fourth. Luckily, the Bulls were able to hold off the surging Cavs and regain that healthy lead they once had.
Irving led the Cavs with 16 points in 41 minutes and Tristan Thompson ended up with a double-double as he had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer also played a fine game for the Bulls, he led all scorers with 17 points.
The Bulls have now pushed their season record to an even .500 at 3-3. They will now have 3 days off before traveling up to Toronto to take on the Toronto Raptors.
Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday.