Michael Carter-Williams didn't travel to Cleveland because of patellar tendinitis, and Jerian Grant started in his place at point guard. Coach Fred Hoiberg said there's no timetable set yet for Carter-Williams' return.
The Cavaliers' absence is a bit more impactful: LeBron James isn't at Quicken Loans Arena due to an illness.
That didn't stop the Cavaliers from grabbing a 56-55 halftime lead behind Kyrie Irving's 14 points and seven rebounds and Kyle Korver's 11 points.
Dwyane Wade's 14 points led the Bulls, who shot 8-for-15 from 3-point range. In his Bulls debut, Cameron Payne shot 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Carter-Williams joins Paul Zipser, who has left ankle tendinitis, in Chicago. Carter-Williams surprisingly started over Grant in Friday's overtime victory over the Suns but played only eight minutes.
James missed the Cavaliers' Saturday morning shootaround and joins Kevin Love (knee surgery) and J.R. Smith (broken right thumb) as out.
The Bulls own a three-game win streak.
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