The Chicago Bulls defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-92 in Game 1 of the 2nd Round in the NBA Playoffs.
The Cavaliers were short two starters going into Game 1, the Cavs lost Kevin Love for the rest of the post-season due to a dislocated shoulder that occurred in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Cavs guard J.R. Smith was suspended for two games in that same game for hitting forward Jae Crowder. Smith will return in Game 3 in Chicago. Starting in place of those two would be Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller.
The Bulls were off to a hot start, including Mike Dunleavy who finished the first quarter with 13 points and shooting 3-of-3 from 3-point land. The Cavaliers were down 16 at one point in the game. The Bulls led 27-15 at the end of the first quarter shooting 52%, while the Cavs shot 25%.
In the second quarter the Cavaliers finally found their rhythm. Halfway through the second quarter Kyrie Irving would score 10 in a row for the Cavs and would cut a 18-point Bulls lead to a 6 point lead on a 10-2 run. The closest the Cavaliers got was 3-points when it was 45-42 with under 2-minutes to go in the half. The first half would come to an end with the Bulls leading 49-44.
After finishing the first quarter shooting 25% the Cavs finish the half shooting 39%.
In the third quarter the Cavs would erase a Bulls 16-point lead by tying the game at 51. However, the Bulls would go on a 15-0 run midway through the third quarter. The Bulls held a double digit lead for most of the quarter, until Cavaliers guards Mathew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert hit back to back triples to make it an 8-point Bulls lead with under 3-minutes to play in the third.
Kyrie Irving started the fourth quarter hot for the Cavaliers, scoring 7 points in the first three minutes of the quarter.
In his fifth playoff game, Irving continued his playoff tear, scoring 30 points and 6 assist.
Starting in place of J.R Smith, Iman Shumpert filled in nicely with 22 points.