Cavs center Andrew Bynum dominated for the first time in Cleveland, showcasing his talents with a 20-10-5 performance and leading the charge for a 97-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Bynum played a season-high 30 minutes and also contributed three assists to go along with his points, rebounds and blocks. With Kyrie Irving still in the midst of a season-long funk, Bynum was the key for preventing yet another fourth-quarter meltdown.
The Cavs nearly led coast-to-coast and had a 12-point lead with 10 minutes left when the usual comeback began. Chicago was led by 27 points and 11 assists from veteran Luol Deng — rumored trade target — plus 18 points from rookie Tony Snell. They used an 18-5 run to lead by one with four minutes left.
But that’s when Bynum made a jumper, the Bulls made a few mistakes offensively and the Cavs somehow held on for victory. They improved to 5-12 on the young season, including a somewhat impressive 4-3 at home. [Read more...]