Chicago Bulls Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bulls Trail At Halftime, Win By Nine

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Derrick Rose Has 28 Points, 11 Assists, Bulls Win 100-91

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Derrick Rose scored 28 points and added 11 assists as the Chicago Bulls used a third quarter where they outscored Cleveland 32-9 to take control and held on for a 100-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at United Center.

Luol Deng contributed 23 points and Carlos Boozer notched another double-double with 20 points and 11 boards for the Bulls, who have won four straight.

J.J. Hickson led the Cavaliers with 21 points in a reserve role. Antawn Jamison added 19 points and nine rebounds and Leon Powe scored 14 for Cleveland, which played the game with a limited lineup.

The Cavaliers were without guards Daniel Gibson (bruised thigh) and Mo Williams (hip flexor strain). The team also made the trip without forward Anderson Varejao, who suffered a non-displaced maxilla (cheek) fracture in the Cavaliers’ loss to Charlotte on December 29 and is in Cleveland being fitted for a protective mask.

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Chicago Bulls Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Happy New Year, Now Beat Cleveland

The Bulls probably didn't think too much of the NBA giving them a back-to-back on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, although at least the league gave them a day game Friday and a night game tonight, which likely gave them enough time to celebrate the arrival of 2011.

The win yesterday over the lowly Nets was described by most analysts as "listless"; the Bulls shot only .392 from the floor. Fortunately, the Nets were worse -- .390 -- and the Bulls played good enough defense to win.

Tonight, the Cavaliers visit the United Center. If it's conceivable, the Cavs are even worse than the Nets; they are 27th in the NBA in scoring, have been outscored by an average of nine points a game, and have lost 15 of their last 16 games (the only win was in overtime over the Knicks). One of those 15 losses was to the Bulls in Cleveland on Dec. 8. The Cavaliers are 3-14 on the road, all three wins coming against losing teams (the 76ers, Wizards and Nets) on one road trip in November.

Let's hope the Bulls aren't too hung over from celebrating the New Year. Even without Joakim Noah, they should win this game pretty easily. (Of course, we said that about the Clippers game, too.)

Tonight's game begins at 6 p.m. CST (an hour earlier than usual), and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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