Darius garland scored 24 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers cool off at the Chicago Bulls, 115-92, Wednesday night at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Bulls had a four-game winning streak towards the evening, but 41.7% shooting from the field and 17 losses led to their ninth defeat of the season, dropping their record to 17-9.
Strong shooting boosts Cleveland
The Cavaliers have improved to 14-12 this season thanks in large part to their three-point shooting. Cleveland did 13 of 28 3-pointers to complement their 55% field goal.
Garland also made six assists with 24 points, while Jarrett Allen made a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Mobley equals LeBron’s feat
Perhaps the most notable performance of the evening came from rookie Evan Mobleywho had 16 points to pass alongside the best five blocks in his career, reaching the final milestone reached by LeBron James.
Zach LaVine became the Bulls’ top scorer with 23 points and nine assists, while Lauri Markkanen scored with 14 points.
Aside from LaVine, little was done on the Bulls in the first half, which allowed the Cavaliers to launch a well-balanced attack while maintaining a 52-43 lead at half-time.
Veteran Love’s three three-pointers allowed the Cavaliers to extend their lead to 16 in the third quarter, almost cementing the home side’s victory.
The Bulls will try to recoup on Saturday against the Miami Heat, and the Cavaliers will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.