The Chicago Bulls got 27 points points, seven assists and five rebounds out of D.J. Augustin, and 26 points and five rebounds from Taj Gibson to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-87 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio Wednesday night.
Augustin, who made his first start filling in for the injured Kirk Hinrich, shot eight-of-14 from the field and knocked down five of his eight three-point attempts. Gibson’s 26 points tied a career-high.
It was the first time since trading Luol Deng to the Cavaliers that these two teams matched up. Deng had 11 points on just two-of-11 shooting in the loss. Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists while Anderson Varejao had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Joakim Noah, who was the most upset about the Deng trade, finished with with just nine points on three-of-seven shooting, but pulled down 18 rebounds, dished out six assists, blocked two shots and had a steal. Mike Dunleavy poured in 22 points on nine-of-14 shooting from the field (and four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc) for the Bulls, who are now 7-2 since dealing Deng.
The Bulls are now 21-20 while the Cavaliers are 15-27.