Deng shines as Bulls rout Cleveland


12:07 PM March 3rd, 2012

March 3rd, 2012 12:07 PM

Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng, from Sudan, right, against Cleveland Cavaliers' Omri Casspi, from Israel, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Chicago Bulls breezed past the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-91 Friday with the help of forward Luol Deng’s perfect four-for-four shooting from beyond the arc.

The 26-year-old Deng scored a season-high 24 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists and Carlos Boozer finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, who won their fifth consecutive National Basketball Association game.

Antawn Jamison finished with 22 points and Ramon Sessions scored 16 for Cleveland, who lost their fourth straight.

Cleveland played without first overall draft pick Kyrie Irving, who was suffering from a virus.

Rose made a driving layup at the end of the second quarter to give the Bulls a comfortable 12 point lead at halftime.

The Bulls then turned it up a notch in the third quarter leading by double digits the whole time as the Cavaliers failed to mount a comeback.

Deng, of Sudan, nailed a three pointer in the final minute of the third quarter to extend their lead to 24 points, 94-70.

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