Cavaliers Defeat the Bulls 109-91: Game Recap 1/15/24

January 15, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 – Marvelous Mitchell 

Donovan Mitchell had another big night, making key shots and leading the Cavaliers in scoring with 34. 

2 – Cavs Bench

The Cleveland Cavaliers bench once again was solid, scoring 44 points of the 109, led by Caris LeVert with 16 and Sam Merrill with 15 points. 

3 – Three-point shooting

The final difference in this game was the Cavs making eleven more three-point shots than the Bulls.  Four players for Cleveland made four three-point shots: LeVert, Merrill, Mitchell, and Dean Wade. 

Game Summary

Donovan Mitchell contributed 34 points, and Jarrett Allen secured his ninth consecutive double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-91 triumph over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Caris LeVert delivered an impactful performance off the bench with 16 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, as the Cavaliers extended their winning streak to five games. Despite squandering a 21-point lead in the second half, Cleveland managed to regain control.

Coby White’s two free throws early in the fourth quarter briefly gave the Bulls their only lead at 81-80, concluding a 28-6 run initiated after Cleveland’s 74-53 advantage in the third quarter. However, the Cavaliers swiftly responded with a 10-point surge, featuring five points from Mitchell on aggressive drives to the basket, ultimately sealing the victory with a 29-10 run.

In a remarkable shooting display, Cleveland set a franchise record by making 20 3-pointers out of 57 attempts, marking an NBA season high in regulation. This performance came in their first game since defeating Brooklyn 111-102 in Paris on Jan. 11.

Coby White led the Bulls with 18 points, while Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic contributed 17 points each. Despite the efforts, the Bulls couldn’t overcome the Cavaliers’ offensive prowess. Andre Drummond and Vucevic both secured 10 rebounds.

The Cavaliers, now 10-3 since losing power forward Evan Mobley to left knee surgery and point guard Darius Garland to a broken jaw until at least February, continue to navigate the absence of key players. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff provided no specific return updates for Mobley and Garland but noted their positive progress.

Georges Niang’s three 3-pointers in the first quarter helped the Cavaliers establish a commanding 40-21 lead. Although the Bulls, led by White’s eight second-quarter points, narrowed the gap to 60-46 at halftime.

Bulls forward Patrick Williams missed his second consecutive game due to right ankle soreness, impacting his heel area, according to coach Billy Donovan.

Up Next

Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

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