Bulls Pound Cavs in First Road Game

Chicago went into Cleveland on Friday night and dominated for 48 minutes

The Bulls came away victorious in their first road game of the season, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in dominating fashion, 115-86, and moving to 2-0 on the season. Chicago played much better than they did in the season opener against Sacramento and ran away with the game from the opening tip.

The home team never trailed and shot nearly 64 percent from the field in the game. Tom Thibodeau was able to play every man on the roster and with the exception of rookie Marquis Teague who tallied three assists, everyone who played, scored.

The Good

You aren’t going to lose many games as a team when you shoot like the Bulls did on Friday night. Chicago shot above 50 percent in every quarter, connected on nearly 77 percent of their free-throw attempts and out-rebounded the Cavs in the game, 41-33. The Bulls also won the points in the paint battle and second chance points, along with leading by as many as 31 points. Hinrich was the only starter not in double figures scoring and Nate Robinson was huge off the bench with 16 points and 12 assists in the game.

The Bad

It’s really hard to find something negative about Chicago’s performance. Cleveland outscored the Bulls in the second-chance points category, 17-2, which is due to their work on the offensive glass. The Cavs racked up 11 offensive boards to Chicago’s five, but the Bulls weren’t missing a whole lot of shots.

The Ugly

Veteran center Nazr Mohammed didn’t have the greatest night. In 16 minutes on the floor he took just one shot, scored one point and grabbed three rebounds in the game. But considering the way the Bulls played, that almost seems like nitpicking.

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