Rapid Reaction: Bulls 95, Cavaliers 85

December, 5, 2012
12/05/12
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CLEVELAND -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 95-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

How it happened: Marco Belinelli had his best game with the Bulls, scoring 23 points as Tom Thibodeau's bunch bounced back after a poor performance Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Luol Deng added 22 points and seven rebounds, while Joakim Noah added 13 points and 15 rebounds of his own. The Bulls took advantage of a beleaguered Cavs bunch and made plays late to defeat Cleveland for the 10th consecutive time.

What it means: Thibodeau has been saying all season Belinelli would eventually come around, and his faith in the veteran shooter finally paid off Wednesday. Belinelli hit shots and was much more aggressive with the ball. It looked as if he was playing with a confidence he hadn't shown earlier in the season. The Bulls' offense is still struggling to find a consistent rhythm, but with Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton both out, Thibodeau has to be pleased with Belinelli's solid play.

Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 47 percent from the field.

Hits: Kirk Hinrich had a solid performance with 11 points and eight assists.

Misses: Cavs center Anderson Varejao was 4-for-16 from the field.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5