"It says a lot about who he is," Thibodeau said. "That didn't surprise me."
Gibson said there were some awkward moments going against Deng.
"It felt weird," Gibson said. "There was tension before the game because we weren't talking. It's like Tibs said, 'We love him but we're going to go knock him on his butt if he tries to score. After the game, we're going to be friends.'"
Outworked by a depleted Chicago team, the Cavs fell behind by 10 early in the second quarter and were down 35-29 when Irving heated up.
He made five consecutive 3-pointers in the final 5:45 of the second quarter to give the Cavs a 44-43 lead at halftime.
NOTES: Deng spent nearly 20 minutes after the shootaround discussing his days in Chicago, which ended shortly after he rejected a three-year, $30 million contract extension, an offer and pay cut that he and his agents didn't find adequate. Asked if he would consider returning to the Bulls as a free agent this summer, Deng took a swipe at Chicago's front office. "Maybe they'll offer me three years, $30 million," he cracked. "That might be an option to take." ... Noah has recorded at least 10 rebounds in 14 straight games, the longest stretch in franchise history since Dennis Rodman posted 43 straight in '97.
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