NBA: Chicago 95, Cleveland 85

Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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CLEVELAND, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A season-best performance by Marco Belinelli Wednesday and a big first quarter brought Chicago a 95-85 decision over Cleveland.

The Bulls have defeated the Cavaliers in 10 straight meetings.

Belinelli scored 23 points with Luol Deng contributing 22 for the Bulls, who outscored Cleveland 27-11 in the opening period. The Cavaliers came no closer than eight the rest of the way.

With Richard Hamilton out of action due to a foot injury, Belinelli got the start and went 7-of-15 from the field.

Joakim Noah had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls and Carlos Boozer scored 10 points to go with 12 rebounds.

Cleveland's Anderson Varejao had 11 points and 15 rebounds for his 10th straight double-double.

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