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Augustin, Gibson help Bulls beat Cavs

CCleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Augustin scored a game-high 27 points and dished out seven assists to help lead the Chicago Bulls to a 98-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Taj Gibson, filling in for an injured Carlos Boozer (calf), scored 26 points, Mike Dunleavy added 22 and Joakim Noah finished with nine points, 18 rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, winners in three straight.

"I think we're getting better and improving. We're playing good basketball right now, they're a good team. They crash the boards hard and battle. I'm just happy we won," Noah said.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and Dion Waiters added 15 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, losers in three of their last four.

"I feel like we definitely showed spurts here and there where we just looked really good. There were other times when we looked discombobulated on both ends of the court," Irving said. "That has been happening throughout the season. We're just trying to make strides, not only in the games, but also in practice."

Luol Deng, who was traded from Chicago to Cleveland earlier this month, provided 11 points and five rebounds against his former club.

The Bulls led by 12, 74-62, after Dunleavy's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. The Cavs used a 12-4 run to make it 77-74 with 6:54 left and the teams traded makes from there until a Augustin 3-pointer made it 91-81 with 2:24 remaining.

Deng made a pair of free throws moments later to make it a six-point game, but Dunleavy drained a 3-pointer from the wing with 38.9 seconds left to seal the win.

A pair of Augustin free throws accounted for the final margin.

Chicago scored the first seven points of the game and held a 15-8 lead with 4:18 left in the opening period. The Cavs pulled within three, 15-12, moments later on an Anderson Varejao dunk, but the Bulls held a 23-17 lead at the end of the frame.

Cleveland trailed 32-22 with 8:09 remaining in the first half, but a 19-4 run put the Cavs in front 41-36. Irving scored 12 points on the run and finished with 15 for the frame after going 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Cleveland held a slim 44-43 lead at the break.

The Bulls' lead swelled as large as 11 in third, 65-54, but the Cavs opened an 8-0 swing to make it a one-possession game. Chicago, however, scored the final six points of the quarter to take a 71-62 lead into the final frame.

Game Notes

The Bulls shot 52.9 percent (37-for-70) from the field ... Gibson tied a career-high with 26 points and Augustin tied a season-high with 27 ... Chicago plays seven of its next nine games on the road ... Varejao had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists ... The Cavs continue a five-game homestand with Milwaukee on Friday.

01/22 23:55:47 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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