NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Cleveland
(Friday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Cleveland 117, Chicago 92
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James notched a triple-double with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers clobbered the Chicago Bulls, 117-92.
Anderson Varejao totaled a career-high 26 points and eight boards for the Cavaliers, who are 17-0 this season at Quicken Loans Arena, the only unbeaten team in the NBA at home. Delonte West chipped in 14 points, while Ben Wallace, Aleksandar Pavlovic and J.J. Hickson each scored 13.
Ben Gordon collected 22 points to pace a Bulls squad that has dropped six of their last eight games. Lindsey Hunter had 13 points and Joakim Noah pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.
The Cavs led 32-17 after the first quarter, but a Gordon running bank shot and a Derrick Rose free throw drew Chicago to within nine at 42-33 midway through the second. Cleveland, though, answered with a 12-2 burst and carried a 61-47 advantage to the break.
Cleveland rattled off 11 straight points at the outset of the third quarter and West nailed a jumper with just over five minutes to go in the frame, stretching the margin to 81-56.
The Cavs headed into the fourth quarter with an 89-72 cushion and Chicago didn't muster much of a threat the rest of the way.
It was James' first triple-double this season and the 18th of his career...Cleveland has won five of the last eight meetings with the Bulls...Chicago has a 4-15 record as the visitor this year...The Cavs shot 50.6 percent from the field...Chicago turned a putrid shooting display, connecting on just 36.6 percent of its attempts from the floor...Before the game, Cleveland announced that center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will miss at least two weeks, and could be out longer, because of a small fracture in his left ankle.
01/02 22:46:08 ET