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.
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.
Waiters missed a second straight contest with a sprained left ankle, while Irving has been sidelined since mid-November due to a broken finger.