Bulls' dominance over Cleveland continues

Bulls' dominance over Cleveland continues
January 8, 2013, 3:22 am
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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.