D.J. Augustin registered his first double-double this season, scoring 18 points and registering 10 assists, to help the Chicago Bulls defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-84. The Bulls shot lights out in this one, going 37-69 (53.6%) from the field, including 10-15 (66.7%) from three-point range. This is only the third win for Chicago (10-16) in its last 10 games.
Augustin went 7-12 from the field (4-6 on 3-point attempts) in a solid outing. Other key performers for Chicago were Carlos Boozer with 19 points and 9 rebounds, Tony Snell with 17 points and 5 rebounds, and Taj Gibson with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Andrew Bynum put up 19 points for Cleveland on 9-15 shooting. He also tallied 7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving contributed 14 points and 5 assists, Jarrett Jack finished with 11 points and 6 assists, and Tristan Thompson put up 10 points and 7 rebounds.
As expected, the Cavaliers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Bulls defense that ranks third-best in the league at forcing misses (47.3% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 42.2% in this game, they rank 26th in the NBA in that metric at 46.6% this season. The Bulls combined an eFG% of 60.9% with 66.7% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (3-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are winless (0-5) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Cleveland (10-16) to 1-2 against Chicago on the year.
Coming up next, the Bulls battle the Brooklyn Nets, who are 9-17 on the year. The Cavaliers match up with the Detroit Pistons, currently 13-16 this season.
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