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Bulls vs. Cavs preview: Chicago and Cleveland meet in Champaign

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Chicago falls to Cleveland late 86-83

The Bulls rallied late, but were unable to overcome a sluggish first half, falling to the Cavaliers, 86-83.

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Bulls, Cavs meet in exhibition at Assembly Hall

After winning their first exhibition game earlier this week, the Chicago Bulls meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in Champaign, Ill., on Friday night.

"(Tuesday's game) gave us a baseline, and we're striving for improvement each and every day," coach Tom Thibodeau said in a report by Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com. "We want to be a well-balanced team, we've got to be on both sides of the ball."

The Bulls defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-88, in the United Center on Tuesday as five players, including three starters, scored in double figures.

Luol Deng had a game-high 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor, also going 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Other double-digit scorers included Joakim Noah (10), Richard Hamilton (13), Nazr Mohammed (13), and Nate Robinson (13).

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers dropped their first preseason game against an NBA opponent, 97-80, to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Point guard Kyrie Irving was the team's second-leading scorer in the contest, going for 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. First-round draft pick Dion Waiters scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting from the floor in 14 minutes of action.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT at the University of Illinois's Assembly Hall.

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