Bulls' dominance over Cleveland continues

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Bulls' dominance over Cleveland continues

The Bulls' dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers continued with a 118-92 blowout at the United Center.

The win was the 11th straight over their Central Division rival, with an average margin of victory of 18 points during that streak.

After a rough first quarter in which they gave up 30 points, the Bulls outscored the Cavaliers 96-62 the rest of the way and punished them in almost every single mismatch they found.

They tied a season high for threes made, going 10-of-14 from deep, outrebounded Cleveland 47-31 and outscored them 54-36 in the paint.

Even with the dominance over Cleveland, the Bulls focus is on the overall improvement of the team.

To a man, everybody is just focused on getting better, said Carlos Boozer, who led the Bulls' charge with 24 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double. I think we realize that we have more potential than what we showed the last couple of weeks in 2012. Everybody is just playing better, stepping up, doing a little bit more and its turning into wins for us.

The victory is no surprise, as Cleveland is still firmly in a rebuilding phase and they also were without Anderson Varejao, who leads the league in rebounding.

We just understand personnel, especially when it comes to them, Taj Gibson, who had 18 points and seven rebounds, said. Theyre a conference rival, so we understand what we have to do.

"Tonight, guys were just locked in, especially in shootaround this morning. We understand that we need to take care of every team, especially the teams that are struggling. We just came out full-fledged and got a win.

The Bulls look to continue riding their current momentum when Milwaukee comes to town on Wednesday.

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After the Bulls got off to a 3-0 start, it looked like this would be a team that might be able to give LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls proceeded to lose their next three, tempering those optimistic expectations. What those first six games proved is that they're an inconsistent bunch, and it's been a microcosm of their season past the halfway mark.

[SHOP: Gear up, Bulls fans!]

Entering Thursday, the Bulls were slotted in as the No. 8 seed in the East with a 21-22 record through 43 games.

Former Bulls forward/center Horace Grant, who was named a special advisor to president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf last year, joined SportsTalk Live on Thursday to talk about the team's current state, and why Bulls fans shouldn't panic just yet.

Check out his comments in the video above.

See what else he had to say during his SportsTalk Live appearance and on In The Loop below: