Marco Belinelli sizzles as Bulls handle Cavs
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Marco Belinelli scored 23 points while Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer racked up double-doubles as the Chicago Bulls blasted the Cleveland Cavaliers, 95-85, Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Bulls (9-8) moved a game above .500 behind a collective effort from their starters who all scored in double figures.
Belinelli, who started for injured shooting guard Rip Hamilton, shot 7-for-15 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line to post his new season-high.
The Bulls used good ball movement and feisty defense on the other end to control the pace and hold off the Cavs.
Chicago’s lead even ballooned to 18 points in the fourth quarter before the Cavs made some efforts to cut their deficit to 10 points.
Bulls All-Star forward Luol Deng had 22 points while Noah (13 points and 15 rebounds) and Carlos Boozer (10 points and 12 boards) dominated play inside the shaded lane.
Anderson Varejao extended his double-double streak to 10 games. He also grabbed at least 15 rebounds and 5 offensive boards for the 10th straight game, two games shy of tying Moses Malone in 1978-1979.
Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, nursing a broken left index finger, had shooting practice before the game but he’s not expected to return until mid-December. The Cavs fell to 4-15.