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NBA: Chicago 114, Cleveland 75

Jan. 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Luol Deng paced Chicago's hot shooting performance Friday and the Bulls steamrolled over Cleveland 114-75.

Playing their third straight game without Derrick Rose, the Bulls ran the NBA's best record to 14-3. Rose, the league's defending MVP, has been listed as day-to-day with a toe injury.

His absence did not slow down the Bulls, who shot 55 percent from the field, missed only once in 17 attempts from the foul line and made 6-of-9 from 3-point range.

Deng was 8-of-13 while scoring 21 points. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 14 rebounds and C.J. Watson added 15.

Chicago had an 18-point lead with 6:30 to go in the third period and then held the Cavaliers to just four points for the rest of the quarter.

Anderson Varejao had 14 points to pace the Cavaliers.

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