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Bulls’ Defense Saves Day Against Cavaliers

The Chicago Bulls have a shiny new offense under Fred Hoiberg, but it was their defense that came up big in the final moments to secure a 97-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night.

Pau Gasol, who was terrible offensively and generally struggled defensively despite six total blocks, came up with the biggest play of the game on a LeBron James drive:

Jimmy Butler then forced a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass:

So the Bulls are 1-0 on the year, and somewhere Tom Thibodeau is smiling at that stout defense (or maybe he’s still bitter at what happened to him in Chicago).

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