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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cavs 97, Bulls 93

By Nick Friedell

CLEVELAND -- Let's take a quick look at how the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out a 97-93 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena:

How it happened: Andrew Bynum had a huge night for the Cavs, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving had 19 points and six assists for the Cavs. Luol Deng had 27 points and 11 assists to lead the Bulls, but their defense wasn't strong enough down the stretch.

What it means: As a group, the Bulls' defense was way too porous. After a strong second half in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, the Bulls reverted to making bad decisions. The good news for Tom Thibodeau is that rookie Tony Snell had another solid game going for 18 points and four rebounds. Snell is getting more comfortable with the starting group and continues to show more confidence after each contest.

Hits: Taj Gibson had another good game for the Bulls scoring 18 points and pulling down four rebounds.

Misses: Joakim Noah was just 2-for-10 from the field and missed two putbacks in the final seconds that would have tied the score. He also struggled all night against Bynum.

Stat of the night: The Cavs shot 59 percent from the field in the first half.

What's next: The Bulls take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.