Belinelli, Deng lead Bulls over Cavaliers 95-85
ASSOCIATED PRESS December 5, 2012 9:52PM
Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich (12) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jeremy Pargo (8) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Cleveland. The Bulls won 95-85. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Updated: December 5, 2012 9:55PM
CLEVELAND — Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 23 points, Luol Deng added 22 and the Chicago Bulls took control early on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-85 on Wednesday night.
Belinelli, starting his second straight game in place of injured shooting guard Richard Hamilton, helped the Bulls bounce back from a four-point home loss to Indiana on Tuesday.
Chicago went ahead for good less than two minutes in and shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers have lost 13 of 15 and are 2-7 since point guard Kyrie Irving broke his left index finger last month. Anderson Varejao recorded his 10th straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds — his 10th straight game with at least 15 boards.
Donald Sloan scored a season-high 14 points to lead Cleveland.