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                 === Augustin, Gibson help Bulls beat Cavs ===
 
 CCleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Augustin scored a game-high 27
 points
 and  dished  out seven assists to  help lead the  Chicago Bulls to a 98-87 win
 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
 
 Taj  Gibson, filling in for an injured Carlos Boozer (calf), scored 26 points,
 Mike  Dunleavy added 22 and Joakim Noah finished with nine points, 18 rebounds
 and six assists for the Bulls, winners in three straight.
 
 "I think we're getting better and improving. We're playing good basketball
 right now, they're a good team. They crash the boards hard and battle. I'm
 just happy we won," Noah said.
 
 Kyrie  Irving scored 26  points and Dion Waiters added 15 points off the bench
 for the Cavaliers, losers in three of their last four.
 
 "I feel like we definitely showed spurts here and there where we just looked
 really good. There were other times when we looked discombobulated on both
 ends of the court," Irving said. "That has been happening throughout the
 season. We're just trying to make strides, not only in the games, but also
 in practice."
 
 Luol  Deng, who  was  traded from  Chicago to  Cleveland  earlier this  month,
 provided 11 points and five rebounds against his former club.
 
 The  Bulls  led by 12,  74-62, after Dunleavy's  3-pointer early in the fourth
 quarter.  The  Cavs used a  12-4 run to  make it 77-74  with 6:54 left and the
 teams  traded makes  from  there  until a  Augustin  3-pointer  made it  91-81
 with 2:24 remaining.
 
 Deng made a pair of free throws moments later to make it a six-point game, but
 Dunleavy  drained a 3-pointer from the wing with 38.9 seconds left to seal the
 win.
 
 A pair of Augustin free throws accounted for the final margin.
 
 Chicago  scored the  first seven points of  the game and held a 15-8 lead with
 4:18  left in the opening period. The Cavs pulled within three, 15-12, moments
 later  on an Anderson Varejao dunk, but the Bulls held a 23-17 lead at the end
 of the frame.
 
 Cleveland  trailed 32-22 with 8:09 remaining in the first half, but a 19-4 run
 put  the Cavs in  front 41-36. Irving scored 12 points on the run and finished
 with 15 for the frame after going 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Cleveland held a
 slim 44-43 lead at the break.
 
 The Bulls' lead swelled as large as 11 in third, 65-54, but the Cavs opened an
 8-0 swing to make it a one-possession game. Chicago, however, scored the final
 six points of the quarter to take a 71-62 lead into the final frame.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Bulls shot  52.9 percent  (37-for-70) from  the field  ... Gibson  tied a
 career-high with 26 points and Augustin tied a season-high with 27 ... Chicago
 plays  seven of its  next nine games on the road ... Varejao had 10 points, 11
 rebounds  and  five assists ...  The Cavs  continue a five-game homestand with
 Milwaukee on Friday.
 
 
 
 01/22 23:55:47 ET