Another night, another rough loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland lost to the Chicago Bulls 99-93 Thursday night. The Cavs lead by as many as 11, but fell apart in the second half. The Cavs are now 6-10 in March with one game - Friday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers - left to platy. The Cavs have also lost three straight and five of their last seven. With the win, the Bulls swept the season series between the two teams 4-0.
LeBron James, on the night he passed Shaquille O’Neal for seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, finished with 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 8 assists. 19 of his points came in the first half.
Kyrie Irving added 20 points on 7-20 shooting. Kevin Love, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter, finished with eight points and 10 rebounds on 3-10 shooting. He fouled out roughly eight seconds after checking back into the game in the fourth quarter with five fouls.
Nikola Mirotic tied a season-high with 28 points for the Bulls and Jimmy Butler added 25. As a team, Chicago finished shooting 42.2 percent from the field, but were 12-25 from three. The Bulls took control of the game with a 37 point third-quarter.
The Cavs are now a half game behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. They start a three-game homestand tomorrow with 7:30 p.m. game against the 76ers.