Bulls' dominance over Cleveland continues


Bulls' dominance over Cleveland continues

The Bulls' dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers continued with a 118-92 blowout at the United Center.

The win was the 11th straight over their Central Division rival, with an average margin of victory of 18 points during that streak.

After a rough first quarter in which they gave up 30 points, the Bulls outscored the Cavaliers 96-62 the rest of the way and punished them in almost every single mismatch they found.

They tied a season high for threes made, going 10-of-14 from deep, outrebounded Cleveland 47-31 and outscored them 54-36 in the paint.

Even with the dominance over Cleveland, the Bulls focus is on the overall improvement of the team.

To a man, everybody is just focused on getting better, said Carlos Boozer, who led the Bulls' charge with 24 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double. I think we realize that we have more potential than what we showed the last couple of weeks in 2012. Everybody is just playing better, stepping up, doing a little bit more and its turning into wins for us.

The victory is no surprise, as Cleveland is still firmly in a rebuilding phase and they also were without Anderson Varejao, who leads the league in rebounding.

We just understand personnel, especially when it comes to them, Taj Gibson, who had 18 points and seven rebounds, said. Theyre a conference rival, so we understand what we have to do.

"Tonight, guys were just locked in, especially in shootaround this morning. We understand that we need to take care of every team, especially the teams that are struggling. We just came out full-fledged and got a win.

The Bulls look to continue riding their current momentum when Milwaukee comes to town on Wednesday.

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter. 


With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.