Twenty years ago today, Brad Daugherty scored 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting while leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 115-100 home win over the Chicago Bulls. Daugherty also grabbed 9 rebounds that day, and completely dominated Bulls center Bill Cartwright who was only able to score 4 points on 2 of 8 shooting in response.
Five other Cavaliers players finished that game in double figures too, including Mike Sanders with 16, Hot Rod Williams with 15, and Terrell Brandon who came off the bench to score 14 points as well. Larry Nance also finished with 14, and second year pro Henry James from St. Mary’s University added a dozen points too.
The visiting Bulls were led by Scottie Pippen, who finished with 24, and were forced to play this game without Micheal Jordan. Three point specialist Craig Hodges finished with 12 points in assist of Pippen, while BJ Armstrong and Horace Grant each added 11.
The Cavaliers starting backcourt of Mark Price and Steve Kerr finished with 9 and 8 points respectively also, and Danny Ferry exploded off the bench to add 2 points of his own in 23 minutes for Cleveland as well.
Unfortunately for the Cavs though, they’d end up losing to the Bulls three more times that season from there. After the April 14th win over the Bulls, the Cavaliers would then lose to Larry Johnson and the Charlotte Hornets, before closing out the regular season by beating Reggie Miller and the Pacers, along with Rumeal Robinson and the Hawks in finishing with a record of 57-25.
In the postseason, the Cavs would then beat the Nets in 4 games, and the Celtics in 7, before losing to the Bulls in 6. Those New Jersey Nets were led by the late great Drazen Petrovic, and that Celtics team was led then by Reggie Lewis with an aging Larry Bird coming off the bench. The Bulls had Jordan though, he’d be back for the playoffs, and they’d beat the Cavaliers again just like every other time they played.
Except for on April 14th, 1992 that is.