Dion Waiters stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving scoring 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls by the score of 101-98 on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. With the win the Cavaliers improve to 19-38 on the year while the Bulls fall to 32-25.
In addition to Waiters’ 25 points on the night, Shaun Livingston, in for the injured Irving, added 15 points. Alonzo Gee Added 11 points while Tristan Thompson contributed 10 points for the starters. Wayne Ellington led the reserves with 13 points off the bench.
For Chicago, Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 27 points while Luol Deng added 26. Kirk Hinrich added 11 points and 11 assists in Chicago’s losing effort.
Coach Byron Scott was pleased with his team’s performance. In the post-game press conference he stated:
“It was a good win. Some guys came in and did some good things with Kyrie out of the game. We knew it was going to be tough. I thought guys stepped up big time, especially Luke Walton. To me he deserved the game ball, if we were giving out one.”
While any hope of a playoff appearance is a mere pipe-dream this season, the team is starting to come together in recent weeks and playing quality basketball. It is a promising sign for the future.
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