Mavericks vs. Bulls final score: Chicago cruises in 101-78 victory

Jonathan Daniel

A vintage night for Chicago's bench powered the Bulls to victory.

The first edition of Tom Thibodeau's Chicago Bulls teams were known for the stellar bench play, and on Wednesday night, the 2012-2013 version of the Bench Mob put on a throwback performance in a 101-78 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Three bench players were in double figures on the night while all but one of the seven scored at least one basket.

Luol Deng led the Bulls in scoring with 22 points on 8-17 shooting, but Joakim Noah was the only other starter to break the 10-point threshold. Instead, Nate Robinson put up 14 points and six assists on 5-6 shooting, Jimmy Butler scored 13 points on 2-4 shooting and 9-10 from the free throw line and Marco Belinelli put up 11 points including two three-pointers.

As a team the Bulls shot 49 percent while holding the Mavs to just 35 percent shooting from the field and 4-18 from three-point range -- another staple of Thibodeau's teams. Shawn Marion was the top scorer for the Mavs with 18 points.

Chicago will be off until Saturday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center.

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