Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cavaliers Get Defensive, Win 10th in a Row

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cavaliers Get Defensive, Win 10th in a Row

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Nobody can get very excited about the style of basketball the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing these days. On the other hand, it's easy to get excited about the way the team is winning.

With Bobby Phills scoring 22 points and Tyrone Hill adding 21 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday night, the Cavaliers cruised to their 10th consecutive victory, 91-75 over the slumping Washington Bullets.

That brought Cleveland within one win of the franchise mark of 11 in a row, set last February and March.

As has been the case throughout the streak, the Cavs won with a furious, rotating defense and a deliberate offense - a system that wouldn't likely be very popular if it wasn't producing so well.

"It wasn't pretty. I don't think it was one of our better games," said Mark Price, who scored 15 points. "It was a grind-it-out game, and in the second half our defense was much better."

Washington, which has lost 10 of 11 games, scored just 31 points in the second half, and its final total was a season low for the Bullets.

The game marked the fourth time during the current streak that the Cavs have yielded fewer than 80 points; only one team has reached 100 against them during that span.

"Their defense, obviously, is very good," Washington coach Jim Lynam said. "Not only did we miss a lot of shots, we didn't get to the foul line. We were in a tie game at 37. It wasn't so much our defense. We couldn't score."

Calbert Cheaney led Washington with 16 points and rookie Juwan Howard had 15.

Washington stayed close for more than a quarter before Cleveland took control with a 10-0 flurry midway through the second period. Cleveland led 56-44 at halftime, then demoralized the Bullets by running off the first eight points of the third quarter.

Washington got no closer than 15 after that.

Bulls 105, Celtics 97: Seven Chicago players, led by Toni Kukoc with 27 points, scored in double figures as the Bulls built an 18-point lead, then held on for the victory.

B.J. Armstrong, Pete Myers, and Will Perdue scored 13 points apiece, Scottie Pippen added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Steve Kerr and Bill Wennington each scored 11 points as the Bulls won their fourth in a row at Boston Garden. …

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