CLEVELAND, Ohio —
Cavs rookie star Kyrie Irving sat out the contest with the Bulls on Friday night due to illness. He witnessed a very long night for his teammates at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Bulls were bullish on the Wine and Gold, posting a 112-91 victory.
Antawn Jamison led the Cavs with 22 points, while the visitors were paced by Luol Deng’s season high 24.
Chicago, which won its 5th game in a row, has now posted two straight lopsided wins over Cleveland. After the previous 114-75 Bulls win, Cavs coach Byron Scott had this message for his team: “Man up.” Cleveland made it competitive a little longer than the recent big loss, but was no match for the Bulls. Chicago All-Star Derrick Rose, who did not even play in the recent Chicago shellacking of Cleveland, had 19 points. Carlos Boozer had 13.
The Cavs defense could not handle the high-octane Bulls offense, allowing the visitors to shoot 52 percent.
With the win, the Bulls became the first team in the league to hit 30 wins.
Ramon Sessions, filling in for Irving, was second leading scorer for Cleveland with 16.
The Cavs hit the road right away, taking on the Wizards in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.