CLEVELAND -- Derrick Rose scored 29 points, including a three-point play that put Chicago ahead for good with 39.2 seconds to play, and the Bulls beat Cleveland 88-83 Wednesday night to hand the Cavaliers their sixth straight loss.
The losing streak matches Cleveland's longest since it dropped six in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, 2007.
Cleveland coach Byron Scott shuffled his lineup in an effort to stop the skid, but the Cavaliers fell short. Antawn Jamison, one of the players moved into a starting role, scored 21 to lead Cleveland
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah had 13 points apiece for Chicago, which has won three straight.
Thanks to a snowstorm that hit the area and snarled downtown traffic, several Cavaliers players got to the arena later than usual. All showed up before tip-off. Chicago's team bus was also struck in traffic, even though the Bulls' hotel was located only a couple of miles from Quicken Loans Arena. The arena, which seats 20,000, was approximately half full. Varejao scored 17 points for Cleveland while Daniel Gibson, also moved into the starting lineup, had 14.