Westerlund: 5 Thoughts After Game 1 Of Bulls-Cavs

CBS Chicago

By Cody Westerlund–

(CBS) Against the short-handed Cavaliers, the hot-shooting Bulls snagged a 99-92 win in Game 1 of their second-round series Monday night in Cleveland. Chicago shot 50 percent from the field and a scorching 55.6 percent from 3-point range in never trailing and making the big shots down the stretch to hold off the hosts, who were playing without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

Here are a few thoughts as the Bulls hold a 1-0 series advantage heading into Game 2 on Wednesday night.

1. For long stretches, the game largely turned into a pick-and-roll battle on both ends. The Cavaliers relentlessly attacked Bulls big man Pau Gasol, notably finding success at the start of the second half in finishing a rally from a 15-point deficit. Time and again, Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (game-high 30 points) found the space he needed, as Gasol and Joakim Noah didn’t…

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