The Chicago Bulls snapped their five-game losing streak with a 106-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, April 17, at home.
The Bulls were led by the excellent play of center Nikola Vucevic, who scored a game-high 25 points in the victory
“I’m hoping what happened tonight can be a growth moment,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan via ESPN. “We played with an urgency.”
According to Donovan, the Bulls are now playing with a sense of urgency after losing five straight games to the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, twice to the Memphis Grizzlies, and most recently the Orlando Magic.
The Bulls outscored the Cavaliers 29-24 in the first quarter and 33-21 in the third quarter.
“We just came out flat in the third quarter,” Cavaliers guard Darius Garland told ESPN. “We’ve been dealing with that all year — the beginning of the first quarter and the beginning of the third quarter.
The Cavs trimmed the Bulls lead down to as many as three points, but the Bulls scored 10 unanswered points to close out the game.
Final Score: Bulls 106, Cavaliers 96.
With the win, the Bulls improved to 23-33 on the season, good enough for the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference. Currently, the team is striving for the 10th spot in the East Conference and could possibly compete in a play-in game at the end of the season.
Chicago Crusader Players of the Game:
Nikola Vucevic, Bulls, scored a game-high 25 points in the victory.
Lauri Markkanen, Bulls, added 16 points.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.