With all-star Kyrie Irving sitting out due to a hyper-extended knee injury, the Cavaliers went into Chicago and out-hustled the Bulls en route to a 101-98 victory Tuesday.
Dion Waiters led the way with 25 points as the Cavaliers clamped down on the defensive end while getting enough hoops down the stretch for the win.
A Tyler Zeller basket with 7:33 to go gave the Cavs a nine-point lead, but it still got very tight toward the end.
Kirk Hinrich scored with 2:57 left to bring the Bulls within one point, but the Cavs answered. Waiters hit a 17-footer, and Luke Walton fired in a 20-footer, and made a key defensive play to secure the win. Cleveland’s bench played a major role in the outcome, totaling 36 points.
Shaun Livingston chipped in 15 points, filling in at point guard for Irving.
The Cavs are back in action on Wednesday night as they face the Toronto Raptors.
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