After putting on an impressive performance in front of an international audience, the Cleveland Cavaliers return home to face the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Cleveland is playing for the first time since beating the Brooklyn Nets 111-102 in Paris on Thursday as part of the NBA’s Global Games series.
The star of the show was Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, who recorded his fourth double-double of the season and finished with a season-high 45 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen continued to make a push for his second All-Star selection with his eighth straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Cleveland also received a boost from guard Caris LeVert, who scored 21 points off the bench against Brooklyn and is averaging 20.3 points and five assists over his last seven games. LeVert believes he should be considered for the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
Cleveland has won four straight and owns a 15-3 record this season against teams with a record under .500. The Cavaliers will look to improve on that mark versus Chicago, which has won four of its last five.
Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 24 points and 16 rebounds in a 122-116 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Chicago shot 51.1 percent from the floor and recorded 30 or more assists for its third straight game.
The Bulls are monitoring the status of forward Patrick Williams, who has missed two of the last five games with right ankle soreness. Donovan said he is hopeful that Williams will be available against Cleveland.
The Bulls’ improved play over the past month can be attributed to several factors, including the development of point guard Coby White. The fifth-year pro is averaging 22.7 points over his last seven games while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor and 47.9 percent from 3-point range.
Cleveland has won its last five meetings against the Bulls, including a 109-95 victory in Chicago on Dec. 23. Chicago native Max Strus had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Cavaliers, while Allen added 19 points and 17 rebounds.