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                   === Bulls continue domination of Cavs ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports  Network) - Marco Belinelli dropped in a season-best 23
 points  and Luol  Deng had  22  as the  Chicago Bulls  continued their  recent
 dominance  over the  Cleveland Cavaliers with a 95-85 triumph at Quicken Loans
 Arena.
 
 "Marco  scored  in different  ways tonight," Chicago  head coach Tom Thibodeau
 said. "He drove, he got to the line, he was able to catch-and-shoot."
 
 Starting  in place of an injured Richard Hamilton, Belinelli shot 7-of-15 from
 the  field and  went 7-of-8 from the  foul line in a near wire-to-wire victory
 that extended Chicago's win streak over Cleveland to 10 games.
 
 Joakim Noah added 13 points and 15 rebounds to help the Bulls bounce back from
 a  4-point  home loss  to Indiana  on Tuesday, with  Carlos Boozer amassing 10
 points and 12 boards in the win.
 
 Anderson Varejao extended his string of double-doubles to 10 consecutive games
 for  Cleveland, but the Cavaliers struggled in the absence of two of their top
 three  scorers in  Kyrie  Irving  and rookie  Dion  Waiters.  Cleveland hit  a
 troubling  36.5  percent of its  field goal attempts  in falling for the third
 straight outing and seventh time in eight games.
 
 Varejao racked up 11 points and 15 rebounds, with Donald Sloan scoring a team-
 best 14 points for the Cavs.
 
 "The effort has been great. It was great tonight," Cavs head coach Byron Scott
 said. "We're just going to keep working. That's the only thing we can do."
 
 Waiters  missed  a second straight  contest with  a sprained left ankle, while
 Irving has been sidelined since mid-November due to a broken finger.
 
 Chicago  overwhelmed  the outmanned Cavaliers  during a first quarter in which
 Cleveland  hit  just 5-of-16 shots  and turned the  ball over seven times. The
 Bulls  went  a scorching  66.7 percent from  the field, on  the other hand, in
 building a commanding 27-11 advantage at the conclusion of the frame.
 
 Belinelli  led the  way by pouring in  10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, with five
 of  that  total coming during a  15-3 run over  the final seven minutes of the
 quarter  that broke the game open. The Bulls maintained a double-digit cushion
 throughout  the entire second period and were up by as much as 18 points after
 a Deng jumper with 1:47 left before intermission made the score 45-27.
 
 Sloan  sparked  an 8-0  spurt for  the Cavs  to finish  out the half, however,
 netting  five  points during the  stretch and knocking  down a runner with 4.2
 seconds left that brought Cleveland within 45-35 at the break.
 
 The  Cavaliers  made another charge  late in the  third quarter, with a Daniel
 Gibson  3-pointer  igniting an 11-2 flurry  that cut the deficit to 64-59 with
 under two minutes to go in the session. However, Chicago would score 13 of the
 next  18  points to claim a  77-64 lead after Belinelli finished a three-point
 play early in the fourth quarter.
 
 The  Bulls' margin  peaked at  17 points  over the  game's final  stages, with
 Cleveland never getting the differential under nine thereafter.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Varejao has now grabbed 15 rebounds or more in 10 consecutive games, the first
 player  to do so since Minnesota's Kevin Love from Nov. 22-Dec. 11, 2010. He's
 also  the first to  have 15 rebounds with five offensive boards in 10 straight
 since  a  12-game run  by Hall of  Famer Moses Malone  with Houston during the
 1978-79 season ... Hamilton sat out for a second straight night with a plantar
 fascia  tear in his left foot ... Boozer posted a double-double for the eighth
 time in his last 10 tests, and the Bulls are now 9-0 all-time when both he and
 Noah  each record  one ...  Cleveland had  14 offensive  rebounds and  now has
 compiled  10 or more in 13 straight games, the second-longest active streak in
 the league (Memphis, 14).
 
 12/06 02:15:22 ET

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