The fans voted to see the Chicago Bulls take on the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, part of NBATV’s FAN NIGHT. If you’re a Cavaliers fan then you’re probably ecstatic that the Cavs shocked the Bulls at home, defeating them 101 -98. However if you’re a Bulls fan then you are more than likely disgusted that Chicago allowed Cleveland to break the 100 century mark; helping them snap their 11 game losing streak. Kyrie Irving and Taj Gibson were both sidelined tonight with minor knee troubles. Also Kirk Hinrich made his triumphant return tonight putting up 11 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds.
The first quarter the Bulls came out with an edge leading by as many as 9 points. The Cavs quickly answered back with a 5-0 run of their own; resulting with Alonzo Gee tying the game at 17 with 2:01 left in the first. Gee finished off the night with 11 points. The Bulls ended the quarter on top at 21-19.
The second quarter ended at a draw, the Bulls and Cavs were tied up at 48 a piece.
Chicago and Cleveland exchanged leads all throughout the third quarter. The Cavs slipped away with an advantage once the Bulls were called with their third charge; pulling the Cavaliers to a 72-67 lead courtesy of Walton’s long J. Joakim Noah found Deng inside the paint to pull Chicago within one at the end of the period.
Jimmy Butler pulled the Bulls within two (98-96) with 1:02 left in regulation. However personal foul trouble and turnovers cost Chicago the game and gave Cleveland their first big win in weeks.
Dion Waiters scored 25 in the absence of Irving. Carlos Boozer scored 27, and Deng dropped 26 of his own. Tuesday night was the Bulls’ first game without Taj Gibson all season; Coach Tom Thibodeau has yet to figure out Gibson’s substitution. Chicago has dropped 5 of the last 7 which now puts them at the number 6 seed in the East.
You have to ask yourself, when does it get better?