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Final Score: Cavs ride strong third quarter to 103-94 win over Bulls

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Darius Garland led the way as Cleveland got it done without Collin Sexton.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavs continued their recent pattern of alternating wins on losses by getting back in the win column against the Bulls.

This is a better pattern for Cleveland than what the team was doing earlier in the season when it would win a few games and immediately follow it up with an extended losing streak. The Bulls are exactly the type of team that the Cavs should be striving to beat on a nightly basis.

The two teams were tied after one, and Chicago led by two at the break. But a solid third-quarter performance by the Cavs gave them a five-point lead heading into the fourth, which they never relinquished.

Darius Garland had one of his poorer performances this season on Monday night against the Kings, but he bounced back with 22 points and 9 assists, including a dagger three-pointer to put the Cavs up ten with three minutes to go.

With Collin Sexton a late scratch due to a hamstring injury, Garland needed to pick up the slack, and he did just that.

Cleveland also got strong performances out of Larry Nance Jr., Jarrett Allen and Isaac Okoro. Nance had 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, while Allen recorded 9 rebounds and added 19 points on 9-12 shooting. Okoro tallied 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, once again showing just how multi-talented he is.

Dean Wade continued his recent run of good performances with 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.

Up Next: The Cavs are back in action on Friday on the road against the 28-16 Los Angeles Lakers. Tipoff is at 10:30 p.m.