The Cleveland Cavaliers took advantage of the numerous and important absences in the Chicago Bulls to end a streak of two consecutive losses and prevail by a final score of 92-115.
Darius Garland stood out with 24 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds alongside rookie Evan Mobley with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 blocks, his new career record.
Whatever it takes to win. I’m on it, ”Darius Garland told the middle ESPN. “I just try to get everyone else to participate because all my colleagues are very hard-working. Evan (Mobley) got us going, and he had a great defensive and offensive night, “he explained.
In those of Ohio also reaped double digits scorers Lauri Markkanen (14); Jarrett Allen (13 points and 12 rebounds); and reserves Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio with 11 points each.
In the Bulls, who could not count on DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Coby White and Javonte Green due to COVID-19 protocols, in addition to the serious injury suffered by Patrick Williams; his star Zach LaVine was the maximum exponent with 23 points and 9 assists; seconded by Lonzo Ball and Nikola Vucevic with 19 and 18 goals respectively.
“In the middle of the track we didn’t make the best decisions, and we weren’t able to finish it when we went downhill,” acknowledged Billy Donovan. “Our offense beat us, and you can’t just do that and wait for a team like Cleveland not to win,” he added.
The Cavs took control of the game with three 3-pointers from Kevin Love in a span of 01:57 minutes in the third period. In addition, the Finnish Markkanen put the maximum advantage for his team thanks to a mate in the middle of the aforementioned quarter (104-78).
“Every time we play like this it’s a lot of fun,” said Evan Mobley.
The aforementioned Mobley has become the second rookie in Cavs history with at least 300 points and 40 blocks in his first 22 professional games. He is currently averaging 14 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1 steal in 33.9 minutes per game.
The Cavs continue their goal of returning to the playoffs, currently sixth in the East with a positive record of 14-12. For their part, the Bulls lose a bit of steam with the absence of their leading scorer DeRozan and are second at 17-9.
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