CHICAGO — Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 118-92 rout of the Cavaliers on Monday night.
It was the third straight game that Boozer has eclipsed 20 points. This time he did it against the team that drafted him in 2002.
Joakim Noah added 11 points and 11 rebounds while Luol Deng had 19 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who beat the Cavaliers for an 11th straight time.
Chicago (19-13), which posted a season-high in points, moved to 11-1 when Boozer and Noah have double-doubles.
Dion Waiters led Cleveland (8-28) with 18 points. C.J. Miles and Kyrie Irving had 15 points apiece.
Irving and Miles each scored nine first-quarter points as Cleveland jumped out to a 30-22 lead, leading by as many as 10.
Irving had four assists in the first quarter, and only two the rest of the game.
Miles left in the third quarter due to back spasms and did not return.
Earlier in the day, the Cavs recalled forward Jon Leuer from Canton of the NBA Development League and excused forward Luke Walton to “address a personal matter, while Yahoo! Sports reported small forward Omri Casspi asked to be traded.
Casspi, who began last season as the team’s starter but lost the job, has fallen totally out of the rotation and is unlikely to bring much more than a second-round pick.
Leuer played in five games for the Cavs before he was assigned to the Charge. He averaged 19.5 points and 12.3 rebounds in eight games for Canton.
Cavs center Anderson Varejao missed his 10th straight game with a bruised right knee. The Cavs expect Varejao to return to practice today and it’s possible he’ll play in Wednesday’s home game against Atlanta. Varejao was leading the NBA with 14.4 rebounds per game before getting hurt.