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11/02/2012 11:34 PM EDT
Hamilton, Boozer lead Bulls past Cavaliers 115-86
CHICAGO 115, CLEVELAND 86

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers coach Byron Scott got right to the
point after watching the Chicago Bulls dismantle his team Friday
night.



"That's what you call a good, old-fashioned butt-whipping," he
said following the Bulls' 115-86 win.



No one would argue with Scott's assessment. Chicago dominated
from start to finish and is 2-0 for the first time since the
2002-03 season despite playing without star point guard Derrick
Rose.



Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer each scored 19 points to pace
a balanced attack. Nate Robinson added 16 points and 12 assists
for the Bulls, who led the entire game after Boozer hit a jumper
23 seconds in. Chicago made 14 of 19 shots from the field in the
first quarter and led 36-16 with 10:34 remaining in the second.



Hamilton scored 14 points in the third quarter, and Robinson had
12 in the second. The Bulls shot 63.8 percent from the field for
the game, hitting 44 of 69 shots.



"It was awesome," Hamilton said. "It felt good. Everyone was
catching the ball in their sweet spots."



Hamilton, who is entering his 14th season, scored 19 points in
Chicago's season-opening win over Sacramento. After being
plagued by injuries last season, the 34-year-old guard could
give the Bulls another scoring option, which would be especially
helpful with Rose unavailable. He isn't expected to return until
the second half of the season because of a knee injury.



"In the third quarter, I decided to get a little more
aggressive," Hamilton said. "Some dude behind me called me Old
Man River, so I had to show him how it's done."



Hamilton's scoring spree gave his teammates a boost.



"All you heard was his name: `Rip Hamilton, Rip Hamilton.' He
got us all going," Robinson said.



The Cavaliers, who defeated Washington in their opener,
struggled on both ends of the floor. Kyrie Irving had 15 points
but Cleveland shot 32 of 79 from the field (41 percent) and
committed 17 turnovers.



"As a young team, we still have a lot to learn," Scott said. "As
I told the players, you've got to come ready to play, especially
against good teams - and Chicago is a great basketball team."



Chicago was 18-9 without Rose last season and earned the No. 1
seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. He tore the ACL in his
left knee in Game 1 of the first round against Philadelphia and
the Bulls were eliminated by the 76ers.



The Bulls have won nine straight games over the Cavaliers, who
haven't recorded a win in the series since LeBron James left
town after the 2010 season. Chicago has won the last four games
by an average margin of 30.2 points. The Cavaliers haven't
defeated the Bulls since March 19, 2010.



Luol Deng added 14 points for the Bulls, who begin a five-game
homestand Saturday against New Orleans. Joakim Noah scored 10.



"The readiness to play was really good," Bulls coach Tom
Thibodeau said. "We ran the floor well and played inside-out to
set up open shots. When a guy got going tonight, they searched
him out a little bit."



Anderson Varejao, who set career highs with 23 rebounds and nine
assists in the opener, scored 12 points for Cleveland, which
opens six-game, 11-day road trip Saturday in Milwaukee.



"I thought we were going through the motions," Scott said. "You
can't play the Chicago Bulls going through the motions. They're
just too good."



Alonzo Gee also scored 12. Rookie guard Dion Waiters, the
Cavaliers' No. 1 draft pick, scored seven points after having 17
in the opener.



NOTES: Boozer also had seven rebounds and six assists. ...
Robinson was poked in the eye in the fourth quarter, but said he
was fine. ... G Kirk Hinrich, who is replacing Rose in the
starting lineup, picked up his fourth foul early in the third
quarter. He scored nine points and had six assists in 18
minutes. Hinrich is playing with a groin injury ... The
Cavaliers' trip also includes stops in Los Angeles to play the
Clippers, Golden State, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn. ...
Rookie C Tyler Zeller picked up three fouls in 4 minutes in the
first half. He scored eight points, seven in the second half.

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