Even without Derrick Rose, Chicago dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers and won 115-86. Chicago dominated from beginning to end and is 2-0 for the first time since 2002-2003.
Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer scored 19 points each and Nate Robinson added 16 points and 12 assists for the Bulls, who never feel behind the entire game after Boozer hit a jumper 23 seconds in. Chicago made 14 of 19 shots from the field in the first quarter and led 36-16 with 10:34 remaining in the second. Hamilton scored 14 points in the third quarter, and Robinson had 12 in the second.
The Bulls shot 63.8 percent from the field this game and hit an impressive 44 of 69 shots. Luol Deng got 14 points and Joakim Noah scored 10.
“The readiness to play was really good,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We ran the floor well and played inside-out to set up open shots. When a guy got going tonight, they searched him out a little bit.”
Kyrie Irving had 15 points but Cleveland shot 32 of 79 from the field and committed 17 turnovers. Anderson Varejao set a career high with 23 rebounds and nine assists and scored 12 points for Cleveland.
The Bulls have won nine straight games over the Cavaliers and tonight was no different. The Cavaliers defeated Washington in their opener, but struggled with their offense and defense tonight.