Luol Deng was once again solid for the Bulls. Deng finished the game with 29 points and 11 assists. Rookie Tony Snell continues to impress since being thrust into the starting lineup. Snell finished with 18 points and 4 rebounds for the night.
The Bulls were down by double digits for most of the second half and then they went on a run. They actually held the lead briefly in the fourth quarter, but Cleveland would soon take it back. The Bulls would also miss 4 shots towards the end of regulation.
The Cavs would then go to the line and extend the lead from 2 to 4. There wasn’t enough time left in the game for the Bulls to make a serious run at winning the game, but would get a two point basket.
Taj Gibson also had 18 points off the bench.
The Bulls were -5 in the rebounding category for the game.
It’s starting to become clear the Bulls are going to struggle without Derrick Rose. There have been a lot of talks about the Bulls trading some of their key pieces to try to find themselves in the lottery this year. The draft class that is coming in is very talented and if the Bulls were able to land one of these pieces, it would help.
It’s a long season and who knows how the Bulls will finish or what they will do.
Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters each finished with 20 points and Kyrie Irving poured in 19 points.
The Bulls now return home on Monday to face the New Orleans Pelicans. The tip for the game is schedule for 7:00 p.m. CT.