The Chicago Bulls would look to avoid a 0-3 start in this season as they visited Ohio to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, hoped to avoid a second straight loss as LeBron James and the Cavs host the win-less Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls shot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cavaliers would be limited to forty-eight percent from the field. Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen ended up getting hot for eleven points as he shot eighty percent from the field, knocking down three 3-pointers in the process. He would also grab four defensive rebounds as 2015 NBA champion Justin Holiday dropped eight points while shooting only thirty-three percent in the twelve minutes that he played. Jerian Grant would be limited to only four points as he dished off five assists.
On the other end of the court, LeBron James would go off for twelve points as he shot seventy-one percent from the field in the eleven minutes that he played. He ended up knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so. Kevin Love shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so. Love would pull down two defensive rebounds while Jeff Green came off the bench to collect two defensive rebounds as well, along with four points. Dwyane Wade would come off the bench to score two points as the Bulls would end the first quarter with a 38 to 28 lead.
The Cleveland Cavaliers would go on a 37 to 30 run in the second period as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent. James would continue to impress as he drops eleven more points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Jeff Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores seven points, earning three of those points from behind the arc. Love would score five points which would include one three-pointer as he gobbles up three rebounds. Wade played for nine minutes but would be held to only four points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and give out three assists.
As for the Bulls, former Cavaliers’ point guard Kay Felder would come off the bench to score nine points, earning six of them from beyond the three-point line. Markkanen dropped six more points which would all be earned from the three-point line as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Paul Zipser would knock down a three-pointer while collecting two defensive rebounds and three assists. Denzel Valentine would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer as the Chicago team walked into halftime with a 68-65 lead.
During the third quarter, the Bulls shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Cavs shot forty-five percent. Holiday would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty percent from the field. He ended up drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so while pulling down one defensive rebound. Valentine would shot fifty percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, three coming from behind the arc.
On the other end of the floor, former Boston Celtics’ small forward Jae Crowder connected for two three-pointers to give himself six points in the quarter. Tristan Thompson would end up recording five points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also managed to get ahold of two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds. Dwyane Wade would record five points while James chalked up four points and three assists. Love would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Illinois team walked into the fourth quarter with a 92 to 91 lead.
The Cavaliers would close things out in the last period as they spark up a 28 to 20 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to thirty-eight percent. Kevin Love would heat up for ten points as he shot forty-three percent from the field. He would connect for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds. LeBron James ended up shooting forty percent from the field as he scored seven points, along with one defensive rebound and five assists. Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers. Smith would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did manage to collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.
Jerian Grant would score five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe. He did grab three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists in the process of doing so. Denzel Valentine ended scoring five points while shooting fifty percent from the field. He would earn three of those from beyond the arc as Zipser would play for the entire quarter only to be held to four points. Brazil-native Cristiana Felicio would come off of the bench to score two points and collect two offensive rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who come back to hand the Chicago Bulls a 119 to 112 loss. LeBron James finished with thirty-four points, two rebounds, and thirteen assists. Justin Holiday would finish with twenty-five points, four rebounds, and one assist.