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Published: Saturday, 1/21/2012

Bulls beat Cavs 7th straight time

Chicago dominant without Rose

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The Bulls' Joakim Noah drives the lane against the Cavs' Semih Erden in the first quarter in Cleveland on Friday. The Bulls' Joakim Noah drives the lane against the Cavs' Semih Erden in the first quarter in Cleveland on Friday.
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CLEVELAND -- Luol Deng scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 19 and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls managed easily without superstar Derrick Rose, embarrassing the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-75 on Friday night.

Rose missed his third straight game with a strained left big toe, but the Bulls barely missed the NBA's reigning MVP to hand the Cavs their worst home loss. Cleveland lost by 35 at home in 1990 and 2001.

Chicago, which has the league's best record at 14-3, led by 42 points in the fourth quarter when all the Bulls' starters were lounging in sweats.

Anderson Varejao scored 14 points and rookie Kyrie Irving added 13 for the Cavs, who began a challenging stretch.

Eight of Cleveland's next nine games are against playoff teams from last season.

All of the Bulls chipped in to inflict historic damage on the Cavs.

C.J. Watson started for Rose and scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, when the Bulls took an energetic Cleveland crowd out of it.

Richard Hamilton scored 13 points and Joakim Noah had 10 rebounds.

Rose's injury has gotten better in recent days, but it's still not good enough to get him back on the floor.

"He doesn't feel he's ready to go yet," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "The doctors said it's a sprain. Turf toe is a pretty wide umbrella. My understanding is the difference between the sprain and turf toe is the turf toe is underneath the toe. Derrick was face down when he got hit so it was on the top of the toe, which made it a sprain."

"It's day-to-day."

Chicago shot 59 percent from the floor in the first 24 minutes, opening a 19-point lead at the break. The Bulls pushed it to 30 late in the third quarter, sending Cleveland's fans for the exits.

Notes: Chicago has won seven straight over Cleveland.... Bulls G Taj Gibson sprained his ankle in the first half and did not return.



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