It was a feel good win for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night as they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (sans Lebron) 117-99.
The last time Cleveland won a game without James on the floor was March 16, 2016, when the Cavs defeated the Dallas Mavericks. Cleveland struggled as it often does without its star - they are 4-19 without him since he returned to Cleveland in 2014, including 0-4 this season.
It was the 33-24 Raptors - who took the Cavaliers to six games in the teams' hard-fought Eastern Conference Finals matchup last year - who dominated this year's trade deadline day in what most perceive to be a huge attempt to close the gap against their rivals from Ohio.
He'll lock horns with a surging Tristan Thompson, who recorded his fourth straight double-double (and 18th of the season) on Thursday night against NY - finishing with 10 points, a game-high 14 boards (six off the offensive glass) and a career-high-tying four blocked shots. Korver earlier passed active players Vince Carter and Jamal Crawford - at least for the time being - for fifth all time with 2,014 career 3-pointers. Setting a new season high, the Bulls sank 15 3-pointers.
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Even when Love and Irving have both been healthy for games in which James did not play, the Cavs own a record of 4-12. And we got who we got. "We didn't move the ball as well as we did in the first half".
Richard Jefferson will be playing in his stead, as he practiced with the starters instead. Portis got another start at the power forward position, and made his first shot, then missed five in a row, then made one more to round out his evening.
Irving (34 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) did his best to drag the hosts to victory without the other two members of Cleveland's big three, but the Bulls proved too strong. James is averaging 25.7 points per game. "I've gone on record saying Griff has one of the hardest jobs, but he's unbelievable at it, exudes a lot of confidence in not only the guys he brings in but the guys that are here", Irving said. Wade added 20 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds with a potential 10th board ripped out of his hands by a team-mate in the closing seconds.
Wade was 9 of 18 from the field and had 10 assists with eight rebounds. Robin Lopez, Rajon Rondo, Nikola Mirotic, and Cristiano Felicio all contributed to the win with double-figure scoring efforts.