CHICAGO -- The Bulls are 1-0 when they start D.J. Augustin, Tony Snell, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
And, yes, that's a light-hearted approach to their dominant 100-84 victory over the Cavaliers Saturday night at the United Center.
In a misery-filled and injury-plagued stretch that had featured 13 losses in 16 games, the Bulls not only avoided their first five-game home losing streak since March 2010. They experienced the rare laugher while doing so.
With Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich joining Derrick Rose as out, the Bulls unveiled their 13th starting lineup in just their 26th game. This one clicked immediately, finishing with 27 assists and season-high 53.6 percent shooting.
Given that the Bulls had failed to crack 40 percent shooting in six of their last eight games, only Benny the Bull might have expected this offensive outburst that included 10 3-pointers and 66.7 percent shooting from that range.
Augustin played all but the final 96 seconds, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. That included an unexpected, 10-minute-plus, first-half stretch pairing Augustin with Marquis Teague.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Augustin grabbed his right hamstring as he walked off for a timeout. Whether he experienced cramping from heavy minutes -- remember, he had fallen out of the Raptors' rotation completely -- or tightness, he played through it. He's running with this opportunity.
"He has done a good job of recognizing who is going well," coach Tom Thibodeau said of Augustin's ability to run the team. "One of the big pluses is he understands when to shoot and when to pass. He has been around. He has started in this league before. He has done a good job of picking things up."
The entire starting five and Taj Gibson in reserve hit double figures as the Bulls led by as many as 19.
Andrew Bynum's 19 points led the Cavaliers, who played without Dion Waiters. Kyrie Irving scored 14 points but missed 11 of 16 shots.
Snell's 17 points featured five 3-pointers. He hit consecutive bombs during the third quarter, the first of which followed his smart play of heaving a desperation shot to beat the shot block. When the Bulls rebounded that miss, he took advantage.
"When you're short-handed your margin of error is small," Thibodeau said. "We're finding we've been hitting a three- or four-minute stretch where we're not doing things as well as we should. And it's hurting us."
Little hurt the Bulls on this night as they never trailed. It's their first hitting the century mark since defeating the Heat on Dec. 5.
Carlos Boozer's 19 points led the Bulls. Joakim Noah added his ninth double-double with 11 points and a season-high-tying 18 rebounds.
"This is a veteran club that plays extremely hard," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.
Finally, the Bulls didn't just play hard. They played well.
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