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Monday, January 7, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bulls 118, Cavaliers 92

By Nick Friedell



CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls cruised to an easy 118-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Carlos Boozer led the Bulls once again, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Bulls won their third game in a row. Luol Deng added 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds while Marco Belinelli poured in 15 points from the bench.

What it means: The Bulls didn't start off the game like they would have liked, but Tom Thibodeau's bunch absolutely dominated in the second half. The best part for Thibodeau is that Boozer continues to play his best basketball since joining the Bulls. He racked up his fifth straight double-double and the Bulls did everything they needed to do to close things down. Their week in Florida really seems to have given them the jolt they'd been looking for.

Hits: Taj Gibson had another solid outing, scoring 18 points (8-for-9 from the field) and grabbing seven rebounds.

Misses: Not much for Thibodeau to complain about in this one. The Bulls shot 54 percent from the field and scored a season-high 118 points.

Stat of the night: Points in the paint: Bulls 54, Cavs 36

What's next: The Bulls take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.