CHICAGO — Michael Jordan and the Bulls improved their record to a very impressive 21-10 tonight with a 108-92 win over the Cleveland Cavilers. The win comes after a devastating loss to the Rockets on Thursday. But it took the help of one B.J. Armstrong to inspire the rest of the Bulls to overcome the Cavs.
Nevertheless it was MJ leading the crusade with 30 points in his 38 minutes on the court. Jordan was clearly still the leader on the court tonight, but that is to be expected. What wan’t expected was the emergence of B.J. Armstrong who prior tonight was in a quiet a slump. Armstrong burst out of that slump tonight going for 18 points and 2 rebounds and fell two assists short of a double-double.
Horace Grant didn’t have that problem, Grant chalked up a double-double in points and rebounds. He finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Grant also hit 6 of 8 FG’s on the night leaving him shooting 75% from the field. Scottie Pippen gobbled up 9 rebounds and finished the night with 17 points which was good enough to finish third on the team. Bill Cartwright and John Paxson had respectable nights as well with Cartwright scoring 8 points.
The Bulls bench really tried to come through and was actually pretty decent tonight, even if you take away Armstrong’s powerful performance. Dennis Hopson and Stacey King came off the bench to total more than 10 points between them in a combined performance of 33 minutes. Hopson had the better performance of the two finishing with 9 points and shot 50%.
The win puts the Bulls at 21 wins on the year and just 10 losses. The win was a step in the right direction for the Bulls and really it seemed to be just a hiccup. It has seemed that not only do the Bulls not lose a lot, but when they do lose it comes in clusters as though they are stumbling for a short moment in the middle of a long sprint. If the Bulls can continue to play the way they did tonight, and with the talent on the roster it’s not a hard thing to do, they will be alright. The Bulls bounce between road games and home games for the next 5 games before a road trip to the east coast spanning from Florida all the way up to New Jersey and back again. The bright side of things is the Bulls had one five straight games prior to the loss on Thursday, and if tonights win is any indication the Bulls might just go on a big roll.