The Cleveland Cavaliers fought back multiple times, but the Chicago Bulls delivered a counter-punch that was lethal.
The Bulls shot 50 percent from the floor and held Cleveland to 42 percent shooting as they led wire-to-wire to take Game 1 from the Cavs, 99-92 Monday night inside a raucous Quicken Loans Arena.
“No excuses,” head coach David Blatt said. “We just didn’t start well enough, we just didn’t play well enough to win that game.”
Chicago raced out to a quick 14-point lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 16 in the first half because the Cavs struggled defending pick-and-rolls, were slow to react on both ends of the floor and took too long to wake up following an 8-day layoff after sweeping the Celtics in 4 games.
“We can’t afford to do that in game 2 in order to even the series up,” LeBron James…
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