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Depleted Chicago Bulls Hammer Lackluster Cleveland Cavaliers

December 22nd, 2013 at 2:29 PM
By Pat Murphy

It seemed like a perfect storm for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After winning on Friday night, they would complete another back-to-back weekend against the depleted Chicago Bulls. Chicago was without four key contributors, Derrick Rose, Loul Deng, Jimmy Butler, and Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls had lost four games in a row and had not won at home since December 5.

For the Cavaliers, that means a letdown as Chicago cruised to a 100-84 win.

The Bulls played a near perfect game, but Cleveland did not do much to stop them. Chicago shot 53.6% from the field and 67% from three-point range. Despite scoring 100 points, the Bulls only took 69 shots compared to the Cavs' 90. It was efficiency at its best despite missing their stars.

Chicago had six players score in double figures including all five of their starters. None of these double-digit scorers took more than 14 shots as they spread the ball around nicely.

'Carlos Boozer' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: Carlos Boozer led the Bulls in scoring with 19 points and also had nine rebounds and four assists. Chicago got 18 and 17 points respectively from D.J. Augustin and Tony Snell, who are both starting for injured players. Augustin, who played the opening 46 minutes of the game, also had 10 assists and Snell was 5-for-8 from three-point range.

Joakim Noah had 11 points, but a game-high 18 rebounds. Taj Gibson added 15 points off the Chicago bench.

The Cavaliers were led by Andrew Bynum, who continued his up and down play with 19 points and seven rebounds, but no blocked shots as he was not active enough on the defensive end of the court where Cleveland needs him the most.

Kyrie Irving slowed down with just 14 points on 16 shots and five assists. Jarrett Jack came off the bench to score 11, while Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson each added 10 points.

The Cavaliers will be off on Sunday before welcoming the Detroit Pistons to Quicken Loans Arena Monday night.

Tags: Andrew Bynum, Basketball, Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, D.J. Augustin, Derrick Rose, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kyrie Irving, Loul Deng, NBA, Taj Gibson, Tony Snell

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