The Chicago Bulls are leading 58-45 over the Cleveland Cavaliers going into halftime on Thursday night as both teams conclude their 2011-2012 regular seasons. The Bulls are gearing up for a first-round match-up against the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Cavaliers are simply getting ready to watch ping pong balls.
The game was close for most of the first half, but Chicago found its footing in the final six minutes of the second quarter to build a solid lead. Over that six-minute span, the Bulls went on a 17-8 run to cap off an impressive offensive first half. Chicago shot 58 percent from the field while out-rebounding Cleveland, 28-17.
The Bulls have spread out the wealth so far, with seven different players scoring at least six points in the half. Joakim Noah led the way with nine points and eight rebounds. Antawn Jamison and Tristan Thompson lead Cleveland with eight points apiece.