D.J. Augustin, Taj Gibson push Bulls past Cavaliers

D.J. Augustin put up 27 points and notched 7 assists, while Taj Gibson added 26 points and 5 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-87. The Bulls had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 37-70 (52.9%) from the field, including 10-21 (47.6%) from three-point range. Chicago (21-20) is now on a three-game winning streak.

Augustin went 8-14 from the field (5-8 on 3-pointers) and 6-6 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Kyrie Irving had another strong performance for Cleveland in the loss, putting up 26 points on 10-19 shooting, including 5-7 from behind the arc. Anderson Varejao contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.

As expected, the Cavaliers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Bulls defense that ranks second-best in the league at forcing misses (46.8% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 42.0% in this game, they rank 27th in the NBA in that metric at 46.7% this season. The Bulls combined an eFG% of 60.0% with 47.6% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (4-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are winless (0-7) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

This drops Cleveland (15-27) to 1-3 versus Chicago on the season.

Coming up, the Bulls battle the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 29-15 on the season. The Cavaliers match up with the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 7-33 this year. The Bulls are 0-1 versus Los Angeles this season. The Cavaliers are 1-1 versus Milwaukee this season.